Working with new 500mm PF

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Working with new 500mm PF
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I just received my 500mm PF after a wait of nine months.  I went with a small camera store in Tucson, AZ and did not order with other stores concurrently.  I had to pay for the lens up front and was getting a little worried as the pandemic was putting a lot of stress on small businesses such as camera stores.

I'm 73 years and normally use a Nikkor 500mm f/4 lens with a TC 1.4III.  I've used the lens hand-held for almost five years.  I'm not a particularly strong person but find the tripod foot to be a great handle and carry the lens without a strap.  I think the 500mm f/4 is a terrific lens and works well with my D500 camera.

I was interested in the 500mm PF for those circumstances where I'd do more hiking and for travel where it would pack easier.

I have used it twice.  The first time, I added the TC 1.4 III and the second time without a TC.  With the TC, the lens seemed to do fine and focused almost as well as my 500mm f/4.  Without the TC, it seemed to focus a tad bit faster.  My observations of course are completely subjective.

I was astonished how small and light the 500 PF is.  I really have nothing new to add to the many posts over the last year or two.  Subjectively, I'd say it performs 90% as well as the 500mm f/4.  The obvious trade-off is weight vs performance.

I think the 500mm PF is excellent and worth having for the weight flexibility.  I use a strap with the 500mm PF.

Two small galleries are at:  https://bill3sarah.smugmug.com/Misc/AF-S-Nikkor-500mm-f56-PF-ED-VR

Some pics:

With TC 1.4 III

Without TC 1.4 III

Nikon D500
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