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

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Old Wednesday 6th February 2019, 20:02   #26
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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?
Actually, I do believe they were surprised by the demand for this lens. After all, long lenses (especially with >300mm focal length) usually don't sell by the dozen, especially not expensive primes. And the 500mm *is* an expensive lens, at least for most people.

Also making the PF lenses seems to take some time due to their optical construction.

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Old Wednesday 6th February 2019, 22:29   #27
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Well Hermann I hope you are right and I'm wrong! :-)

I'd like to see more results from people who are shooting with the lens.

I've been checking the Flickr group from time to time. Some nice shots there. I liked these:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lez5/[email protected]/
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Old Tuesday 12th February 2019, 02:40   #28
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I'm pretty happy. Well worth the wait.
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Old Tuesday 12th February 2019, 03:11   #29
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I'm pretty happy. Well worth the wait.
Impressive. Are the photos full-frame or have they been cropped? Any other post-processing? I bought the 300 pf shortly after it hit the market and am very happy with it even with the more or less permanently attached TC1.4eIII.
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Old Tuesday 12th February 2019, 03:31   #30
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They have been slightly cropped. D500 DX sensor. Lightroom adjustments for contrast although no sharpening. I'm pretty happy though. Nice bokeh for 5.6. I like the 300 PF too. This is just like it except 500mm.
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Very nice stoop! Thanks for sharing.

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Old Tuesday 12th February 2019, 23:36   #32
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They have been slightly cropped. D500 DX sensor. Lightroom adjustments for contrast although no sharpening. I'm pretty happy though. Nice bokeh for 5.6. I like the 300 PF too. This is just like it except 500mm.
Many thanks, your response pushes me that much closer to buying the lens. I too have a D500 and that’s the camera I would hook it up to.

Here’s a photo (shot in raw and heavily cropped and otherwise post-processed) taken with my D500/300pf/TC14EIII combo. I’m happy with the results but judging from your photos I suspect I would be happier yet had the photo been taken with the naked 500pf.

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Old Wednesday 13th February 2019, 10:55   #33
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Here is a brief lens review and some RAW files as well.

https://www.imaging-resource.com/len...nikkor/review/

I suspect that 500/4 still has it's place due to the faster aperture (1 stop less noise) and creamier bokeh.

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Old Wednesday 13th February 2019, 21:57   #34
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At a Nikon roadshow today I had a play with one, plus most of the current Nikon lenses. Compared to the 500/4, much lighter in weight and a lot more compact. Excellent VR, fast AF, smooth manual focusing. Still very difficult to justify the price but if you have the money - recommended.
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hsd mine a week now but weather and other things have stopped me getting out .
A couple of shots with 1.4x on . very happy so far .
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Nice shots, Les.

I hope someday I travel over to Europe and get a chance to see the Blue Tit and Great Tit. Are they curious, “pishable” and common birds like our Chickadees and Titmouse species in North America? They sure are more colorful and impressive.

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I hope someday I travel over to Europe and get a chance to see the Blue Tit and Great Tit. Are they curious, “pishable” and common birds like our Chickadees and Titmouse species in North America? They sure are more colorful and impressive.
Yes, they are the counterparts of our parids and very like them in all respects except plumage.
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Old Friday 15th February 2019, 22:26   #38
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this is our willow tit - near enough your chickadee.
This lens is getting better ! ( or is it me )
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I am so jonesing for a D500 with the PF500.

There's just no path forward for me with Canon.
I have a 7D that I've struggled with for years for it's terrible high ISO performance and mediocre focus tracking. The 7DII wasn't enough of an advance to warrant buying, IMO, and I'm done waiting for the 7DIII for whatever minor improvements it may offer.

The Canon 400 f5.6 has been a good lens but to get any more reach the cost goes up about a factor of 8!

I can see myself buying the PF500 f5.6 and a D500 to go with it and, though I wouldn't have thought I'd be writing this, jumping ship to Nikon.
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I can see myself buying the PF500 f5.6 and a D500 to go with it and, though I wouldn't have thought I'd be writing this, jumping ship to Nikon.
I think now is a good time to be shopping for used Nikon DSLR's. Used full frame DSLR's mostly as people switch to the new mirrorless Z6/Z7. But if you watch you will find used D500's, too. Refurbished with 90 day warranty the price is down to $1400. People selling privately will let them go for less.

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