Nikon 500mm f/4G VR vs 500mm f/4 FL question

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Wade Abadie
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Nikon 500mm f/4G VR vs 500mm f/4 FL question

I have been saving for my first super telephoto prime and after a lot of research and comparing....decided that a used Nikon 500mm f/4G VR was the best option for my budget.

However, I’ve had a couple folks mention that they would hesitate to buy a lens of that age because of lack of parts, should it need to have any service or repair work done. My question is this....since the 500mm f/4G VR is an AF-S model, does it not have the same AF motor as the newer FL models? (which are also AF-S). Are there any real worries about not being able to get service work done on this lens over the next 5-10 years?

I guess I just want to be sure I make the right decision before I pull the trigger on something. My budget is going to be around $4k and that’s it.

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Nikon D500 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR Nikon D7500 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF +8 more
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