Nikon's AF-S 500mm F5.6E PF has some big - er, small? - shoes to fill. It follows up on the company's earlier AF-S 300mm F4 PF (Phase Fresnel) lens, which offers up solid reach and impressive image quality in a compact package.

And like the 300mm, we've been impressed with the 500mm F5.6E PF's image stabilization, build quality and image quality. From eagles to frisbee players, we've been toting this lightweight telephoto around with us to see just what it's capable of. Take a look through our sample gallery to see for yourself.