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Nikkor 500mm f5.46pf lens - any users yet ?

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Old Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 12:33   #1
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Nikkor 500mm f5.46pf lens - any users yet ?

Are there any UK based forum members who have experience of using the new Nikkor 500mm f5.6pf lens for bird photography yet ? In particular has anyone paired it with the TC-14III and can comment on how much image quality and autofocus is affected ?

I've seen nothing posted yet from this side of the Atlantic - all the users commenting seem to be in the States and are maybe using it in better light levels than good old autumn in the UK ?

I've got my deposit down, and am just waiting for a pre-order to be fulfilled !

Cheers in advance.
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Old Wednesday 24th October 2018, 06:57   #2
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Mine will arrive later this week. So can't help you right now.
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Old Monday 5th November 2018, 14:35   #3
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Mine will arrive later this week. So can't help you right now.
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And ????????
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Old Tuesday 6th November 2018, 06:00   #4
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Yes it has arrived. Haven't had much time to use it yet. Sorry.
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Old Thursday 15th November 2018, 12:45   #5
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500 pf v 200-500

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ9BKjjk5Zo
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Old Thursday 15th November 2018, 14:50   #6
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Steve Perry (via Nikon Rumors) has a nice long video on using the 500 PF with many comparisons to the f/4 and 200-500.

https://nikonrumors.com/2018/11/08/n...eve-perry.aspx
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Old Saturday 24th November 2018, 16:10   #7
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Using it in my imagination only

I have now reached the three month "anniversary" of placing my order for this lens. I know all good things are worth waiting for, but it does make you wonder what Nikon was thinking when it planned production of this lens.

I cannot really complain, as I have ample gear for my bird photography as it is. First World problems and all. But I will grouse a bit about the wait anyway.
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Old Sunday 25th November 2018, 20:23   #8
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Perhaps I should wait for a while before selling my 200-500mm or I may end up with nothing to use in the meantime. Most places this side of the pond have it available for pre-order

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I have now reached the three month "anniversary" of placing my order for this lens. I know all good things are worth waiting for, but it does make you wonder what Nikon was thinking when it planned production of this lens.

I cannot really complain, as I have ample gear for my bird photography as it is. First World problems and all. But I will grouse a bit about the wait anyway.
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Old Sunday 25th November 2018, 21:03   #9
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I have now reached the three month "anniversary" of placing my order for this lens. I know all good things are worth waiting for, but it does make you wonder what Nikon was thinking when it planned production of this lens.

I cannot really complain, as I have ample gear for my bird photography as it is. First World problems and all. But I will grouse a bit about the wait anyway.
Hopefully Nikon is focusing on delivering quality before quantity.
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Old Wednesday 28th November 2018, 17:10   #10
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I've taken the plunge and ordered one for delivery as soon as available.
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Old Thursday 29th November 2018, 21:25   #11
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I am too very interested in this new lens and a TC but like you am waiting for any news. I am based in the Philippines nowadays and the camera shops here and service in general is pretty bad. Even getting one delivered is a big no no as things "get lost" in the post and or customs or customs decided they want the item and lay a massive tax charge on it so it is not worth collecting...
If it gets really good "real" reviews from everyday day birders then I will considered flying out to HK etc to buy one.
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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 19:53   #12
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I paired the 500 PF with the TC-17EII and the auto-focusing was very slow and had no luck with it for BIF (using a D500). Although to be honest, the autofocusing on the TC-17EII was a little slow on my other lens too. Need to save my pennies for a new TC-14EIII....
Compared to the 500mm F/4 AFS-II it replaced, it is incredibly light and easy to handle without a monopod. I highly recommend putting a 95mm protective filter on it if you do get the lens.
Attached are a couple of photos taken with the lens + D500. Other than cropping and setting image size, no post processing done to photos.
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Old Monday 7th January 2019, 23:50   #13
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Brad Hill's first impressions are good (high res examples included):

http://www.naturalart.ca/voice/blog....rstImpressions

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Old Tuesday 8th January 2019, 09:42   #14
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Brad Hill's first impressions are good (high res examples included):

http://www.naturalart.ca/voice/blog....rstImpressions

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"But I am completely shocked at how good this lens is in both optical and autofocus performance."



I have no doubt that this lens can deliver sharp enough photos at this point.

(After the initial Phototip review I was a bit worried.)
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Old Friday 11th January 2019, 10:05   #15
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Dpreview full-res (and RAW Z6/Z7) sample shots from the Nikon 500 PF.

https://www.dpreview.com/samples/499...sample-gallery

Pretty dull and un-inspiring photos in mostly bad light.
Looking at the exposure data, it makes me wonder if the photographers know what
they are doing. I guess it's the downside with these kinds of test-shootings.
Z7 seems to generate quite a lot of noise at high iso as well.

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Old Friday 11th January 2019, 12:25   #16
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Some more test shots, in better light and lower ISO, with D810, that to me looks perfectly sharp:
(Click "continue to site")

https://www.cyberphoto.se/foto-video...-5-6e-ed-pf-vr

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Old Saturday 12th January 2019, 05:17   #17
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I have no doubt that this lens can deliver sharp enough photos at this point.

(After the initial Phototip review I was a bit worried.)
No doubts either. Here's another technical review: https://www.lenstip.com/540.1-Lens_r..._PF_ED_VR.html

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Old Wednesday 16th January 2019, 21:29   #18
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Review by Thom Hogan:

https://dslrbodies.com/lenses/nikon-...e-pf-lens.html
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Thanks for the read. It sounds like an exciting lens. I ordered mine in October in. Japan and I'm still waiting. I hope the quality will be worth the wait.
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 18:45   #21
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I ordered my 500mm f5.6 PF in late August and am still waiting. There are threads in other photo forums devoted to "if you receive your lens, let us know," and these have gone virtually silent for months. A few people got lucky by ordering from small stores that most people had not thought to patronize. But after these smaller merchants received their small initial allotment they, too, went into backorder mode.

I understand that making the lens is time-consuming and that Nikon underestimated the number of initial orders. I also know that lots of us who ordered the lens are already well-equipped for bird photography and that this wait is one of those ultimate First World Problems.

But those who have received the lens seem enthusiastic about it, so I would love to get my hands on the one I ordered over five months ago.
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 23:40   #22
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I don't believe they "underestimated the number of initial orders." Only a small few of these lenses went out in the initial shipments. I'm sure they did not intend for the delay, but it's a repeating pattern. I've seen delays/shortages with all sorts of Nikon products over the years. They've done better with the Nikon Z system bodies/lenses; I'll give them credit for that. And while long waits are frustrating, it's not nearly as bad as quality control or recall issues...

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Old Wednesday 30th January 2019, 15:30   #23
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You probably saw this:
https://nikonrumors.com/2019/01/29/w...-vr-lens.aspx/

I would add one more possible reason: Waiting for the for the lenses to make it across the ocean on a slow cargo freighter and then even after the ship makes it here the goods have to sit at the port in the container a while longer for various reasons.

It's probably a combination of reasons, but I wish Nikon could do a better job anticipating and factoring all of it in to the schedule.

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Old Tuesday 5th February 2019, 12:39   #24
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Just received mine and stuck in today .
pic from window and this with 1.4x on - its sharp ! - 5000 iso so grainy

I had to get mine from Germany but it was cheaper than UK and comes with 5 year guarantee .
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Another statement of apology from which I can gather almost nothing:
https://nikonrumors.com/2019/02/05/n...x/#more-132231

I need a better translation, but it seems the main excuse they want us to believe is that they were simply surprised by the high demand. Could they really be that out of touch with their customers? Don't they realize most of us will not buy existing lenses that cost $10K+ ? Didn't they notice the successful recent affordable 300mm PF lens, or the 200-500mm f/5.6E? While I wouldn't argue they have been out of touch with their customers many times in the past, I still don't know that I believe that is the main explanation.

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