Nikon 500mm pf vr

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Moonwalker Senior Member • Posts: 2,111
Re: Nikon 500mm pf vr
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xPhoenix wrote:

DAVID MANZE wrote:

xPhoenix wrote:

jerste wrote:

I tested Nikon 500mm pf and with tc 1.4 iii attached i cannot achieve sharp pictures at 1/100 handheld.

I have no problem with 200-500 with tc 1.4 to get sharp photos. Even 1/250 looks better with 200-500mm. I know my tests are rather extreme but i would expect vr in new 500mm pf to be at least as efficient as in 200-500mm.

Can some owners compare vr in 200-500mm and new 500mm pf? I recall 300mm pf had some problems with vr in first batches.

Uh oh! I was just going to post to the other 500PF asking about VR performance. What worries me with your observation is the 300PF VR was very flaky. On certain cameras, it didn't work around certain shutter speeds, namely 1/80 - 1/160 or so. In fact, it was not possible to get sharp shots with VR on in this range of speeds. Man, I hope the 500PF doesn't have this same issue.

My 200-500's VR is flawless at all shutter speeds. I shot today at 1/80 due to low light in the woods, and got perfectly sharp shots (as long as the animal didn't move). The 500PF had better be able to handle this, especially for $3600. I'm getting mine tomorrow, so we'll see.

I saw a utube review from a guy using it in the field (can't remember who) .........

.....everything was hunky dory, except he complained/mentioned that around 1/250 sec. he was getting blurring from image shake with VR:

There is something wrong with the VR on this lens. I'm fed up with Nikon, so they can keep it.

Fed up with what?

1) Fed up because you can‘t take pictures with the 500mm f/5.6E & TC14 at 1/100s at 8 frames per second?

2) Fed up because you can‘t take pictures with the 500mm f/5.6E & TC14 at 1/100s and a single shot?

3) Fed up because you can‘t take pictures with the 500mm f/5.6E WITHOUT TC14 at 1/100s and 8 frames per second?

4) Fed up because you can‘t take pictures with the 500mm f/5.6E WITHOUT TC14 at 1/100s and a single shot?

I‘ve tried scenario 4) for two days now and I see absolutely no problem with it. The VR works fine. We‘ve changed between the 200-500mm f/5.6 and the 500mm f/5.6E for the whole afternoon yesterday (Nikon D850). VR is very similar for the two lenses, sharpness is a bit better with the 500mm f/5.6E at 500mm: You win a bit of sharpness but lose zoom. The weight difference is remarkable (but so is the price difference).

The TC-14II was a hit-and-miss yesterday with heat blur and a hunting autofocus ruining most of the shots. I leave those experiments to the less faint-hearted.

Markus

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