Nikon 500mm f/4G VR Reviews, Samples and References

First published on: Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Gathered in this post are annotated links to various professional and user reviews, sample photographs and galleries, reference material and community / forum discussions related to the Nikon 500 mm f/4G IF-ED AF-S VR Nikkor super telephoto lens.

This lens was announced together with the Nikon D3 and is expected to be a big hit with wildlife photographers, now that it comes with a 4-stop VR (vibration reduction) II technology, a feature that was not available on the older Nikon 500mm f4D ED-IF II AF-S Nikkor (which is also a great lens — here’s a Feb 2008 lunar eclipse photo by JimPearce shot with the D300, 500mm f/4D, TC-14E), plus an MTF chart that’s reputedly the best in the world (at the time of writing).

Nikon 500mm f/4G IF-ED AF-S VR Nikkor super telephoto lens

Nikon 500mm f/4 G reviews

Brief impressions by Jim Fenton — Jim knows his long lenses, and is happy to report that the 500mm f/4G VR is better in every aspect compared to the older 500mm f/4D version, especially in terms of image color, contrast and overall quality. Bokeh is also superb with the lens at wide-open aperture, and AF (autofocus) is very fast, quick enough for photographing birds in flight.

Nikon 500mm f/4 G sample photos

Four official, full-resolution sample photos taken with the Nikon D7100.

Nikon 500mm f/4G VR plus D7100 -- Full-resolution sample photos

Marbled Godwits and DowitchersJim Fenton shares 6 excellent bird photos in this forum thread.

Nikon D300S plus Nikkor 500mm f/4 VR bird photos by Jim Fenton

Equipment used was the Nikkor 500 f/4G VRII, Nikon D300S, Nikon TC-17E II (1.7x) AF-S Teleconverter and Nikon TC-14E II (1.4x) AF-S Teleconverter.

More photos by Jim Fenton

Jim is one of the best wildlife photographers around, and with his recent acquisition of a correctly-functioning Nikon D300 body and this lens, we can expect to see many, many more of his amazing images. In this forum post, you can find photos of birds and an alligator.


Official Nikon 500mm f/4G VR websites:

Nikon Lenses — Main page.

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