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

January 12, 2016 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

Sharpness at 500m

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 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 500mmThe full frame at 500mm

Centre sharpness is good wide open, and optimal performance is achieved at f11.

The borders are somewhat soft at f/5.6 but sharpen up very well by f/8. Peak sharpness is reached at f11.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
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