Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Review

January 12, 2016 | Zoltan Arva-Toth |

Sharpness at 300m

Sharpness at 300mm

The sharpness tests for this review were carried out using a real-world subject rather than a test chart. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E VR lens was attached to a Nikon D750 camera body, which in turn was mounted on a sturdy tripod. We also used a release cable and mirror lock-up to prevent any blurring that may result from camera or mirror movement. The 100% crops represent about 1/600th of the total frame area.

The full frame at 50mmThe full frame at 300mm

Sharpness is remarkably good wide open at f/5.6 but improves further upon stopping down, reaching peak performance at f/11.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/5.6 f5.6.jpg f5.6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f22.jpg f22.jpg