Contrary to what one might expect, not all of the premieres within the last days had “Z” in the title – there were also the ones with the good old “F”. One of them will be briefly described today as we will focus on Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR.
AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is a compact super-telephoto lens with the F system mount, mainly intended for people photographing quickly-moving objects from big distances, primarily sports. The characteristic feature of the device is the use of a Fresnel lens thanks to which the dimensions and the weight of the device have been significantly reduced (they are 106 × 237mm and 1,460g).
The optical system consists of three low-dispersion (ED) lenses which is supposed to guarantee detailed image sharpness and clarity. The Fresnel lens has been made of advanced materials due to which characteristic flares are to be reduced. Nanocrystalline anti-reflective coatings have also been applied and on the front lens we will find a fluorine coating which is to facilitate keeping it clean.
1). Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR
The lens has been equipped with the optical stabilization system with the estimated effectiveness of 4EV. Small weight and size are supposed to positively influence a possibility of quick and effective focus adjustment. The lens stabilization can work in “Sport” and “Normal” modes. As one might guess, F1 races should be photographed with the use of the first mode whereas a stork standing on its nest – with the use of the second one. The lens is also equipped with a sharpening clutch and the function button control. It is of course resistant to dust and splashes. The dedicated collimator sight, which will be additionally useful in “catching” the quickly-moving objects, is to appear on sale “soon”.
The lens will appear on sale in November and it will cost $3,599.