Wildlife Photography with the Nikon 500mm F/5.6 PF – One Year In

My reaction to holding the Nikon 500 F/5.6 PF for the first time was basically the same one I had with the 300 F/4 PF. The lens seems impossibly small and light for what it is – a 500mm full-frame super telephoto no bigger than a 70-200mm F/2.8.

While the lens doesn’t offer anything remarkably new in terms of focal length or maximum aperture, it does offer a high magnification, professional-grade, full frame super telephoto lens with a reasonably bright aperture of F/5.6 in an impressively small form-factor. As someone who likes to hike out in the wilderness to find subjects, I was immediately intrigued and saw the potential in this lens.

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