Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR £1180, $1400


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With more reach than the Nikon 80-400mm lens, this new­comer still falls short of the Sigma and Tam­ron com­pe­ti­tion. Even so, the re­duced tele­scopic ef­fect of a 500mm fo­cal length com­pared with 600mm isn’t hugely no­tice­able.

High-tech thrills in­clude a sta­biliser that boasts a 4.5 stop ef­fec­tive­ness and comes with a ‘Sport’ mode. This ap­plies stabilisation only dur­ing the ac­tual ex­po­sure, mak­ing it a lit­tle eas­ier to track er­rat­i­cally mov­ing sub­jects. The lens fea­tures an elec­tro­mag­net­i­cally con­trolled di­aphragm, for greater ex­po­sure con­sis­tency in rapid-fire con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing. The de­sign in­cludes three ED (Ex­tra-low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments, but no weather seals apart from Nikon’s usual rub­ber ring on the mount­ing plate.


The speed of the ring-type ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem is on a par with the Sigma 150-600mm C and Tam­ron 150-600mm lenses, so it’s quick but doesn’t quite snap into place like in some other lenses on test. Im­age qual­ity is very good.

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