Best place to buy a used Nikon 500mm f/4

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ARClark Veteran Member • Posts: 3,919
Considered Nikon 500mm f/4D ED-IF II?

You’ve ID’d the usual places to purchase, other than KEH. You can get a decent price there if you can buy on a sale, but there’s no assurance you’ll get a US vs gray market lens, though, unless it’s advertised with the original box.

MPB provides serial numbers and lens-specific info on these high end lenses.  Their sales reps are very accommodating, but they may or may not be able say whether a lens is US or gray.

Nikon service center reps are not supposed to let you know over the phone whether the serial number of a lens is for US or not, but occasionally you may find one that will help.

If you don’t need VR, you should take a hard look at the Nikon 500mm f/4D ED-IF II. It’s the predecessor to the G. I had one for years till I upgraded to a used 500 f4E. It’s just as sharp as the G and is about a pound lighter (7.6 vs 8.55 lbs). More handholdable for shooting BIF when VR won’t help anyway.


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Nikon 500mm F5.6E PF Nikon D850 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4D ED-IF II +12 more
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