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First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« on: August 08, 2021, 19:55:56 »
Got it few days ago and tried it to the New-forest for short stay there. Bought second-hand (minty)
from LCE (Camera London Exchange) a reputable UK multi-branches camera seller.

First feelings :

# very light lens! I like it.
# fast AF on my Df. I like it.
# sharp. Don't think fine tune autofocus is needed for the moment, however I'll find out in the near future about this set up as I know nothing about it.

What I like less, is the horizontal wobbling when the lens is mounted on a monopod, due to its lightweight (lateral movement), even if you try to stop the movement by holding the front lens.. I plan to make a ''bipod'' to cure this issue. I don't think such a gear exists in the market ?

Now, let's see about the lens collar foot : I would rate it as '' crippling design fault''...very weak piece of aluminium which hold the lens with a tiny dovetail joint, tied with a screw.
RSS and Kirk have made a replacement foot, a sturdier one, using a thicker aluminium part and more reliable tying screw, not the same system, though. But you have to disburse something like 140€/£120 if you want to make sure your lens won't fall down in the ground one day...

https://www.kirkphoto.com/lens-mounting/nikon-auto-focus/500mm-f-5-6e-afs-pf-ed-vr/replacement-lens-foot-for-nikon-500mm-f-5-6e-afs-pf-ed-vr-lens.html

https://www.reallyrightstuff.com/LCF-11-for-Nikon-70-200mm-f2-8E-FL-ED-VR-2016

That said, I like this lens.
Below, few pics with the Df :


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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2021, 20:02:07 »
All image are from NXi with one grade of sharpness, and neutral.
Some of them were reframed.
Egret 1 and 2 : normal frame.

Ducks 3 : normal frame
Duck 4 : normal frame + AF-I TC 1,4 E
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2021, 20:04:45 »
5 and 6
Grey Wagtail.
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2021, 20:07:01 »
7/ wagtail with the TC (700mm) 
8/ Squirrel with TC    700mm slightly reframed.
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2021, 20:11:30 »
9/ Squirrel 700mm
10/ Crow catching a fly 700mm
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2021, 20:13:24 »
11/ Wagtail 500mm
and 12 slightly reframed.
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2021, 20:19:12 »
13/ Young Danes.
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2021, 20:31:48 »
As soon the weather improves, I will use this lens with the Z6.

I had to use the Df as the Z6 wasn't available.

I bought the 500mm to be used with the Z6 to :

# get high ISO with less degradation;
# get the extra IBIS blur reduction;
# get the total silent actuations. When you shoot a deer with reflex camera, you get a panic among deers, or danes, so you can get one shot only at the times... ::)
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2021, 00:18:12 »
Many thanks, Birna, for moving this thread!
 :D
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2021, 00:41:14 »
Hejnar Photo (http://www.hejnarphotostore.com/default.asp) also makes Arca type replacement feet for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR:

http://www.hejnarphotostore.com/product-p/h129..htm
http://www.hejnarphotostore.com/product-p/h129-500.htm

By all accounts these are on par with the RRS and Kirk replacement feet, are less expensive, and include QD sockets. Hejnar Photo will ship internationally. Just an idea--I haven't used any Hejnar products myself but I've only heard good things...

And congratulations on the lens...
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2021, 08:45:08 »
Fine images, very neutral post processing
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2021, 11:53:48 »
Hejnar Photo (http://www.hejnarphotostore.com/default.asp) also makes Arca type replacement feet for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR:

http://www.hejnarphotostore.com/product-p/h129..htm
http://www.hejnarphotostore.com/product-p/h129-500.htm

By all accounts these are on par with the RRS and Kirk replacement feet, are less expensive, and include QD sockets. Hejnar Photo will ship internationally. Just an idea--I haven't used any Hejnar products myself but I've only heard good things...

And congratulations on the lens...

I have fitted Hejnar feet to a couple of Fuji lenses. I am very happy with their quality. A 500 PF is on my wish list and I will go for Hejnar again, subject to checking the prices.
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2021, 12:30:15 »
By all accounts these are on par with the RRS and Kirk replacement feet, are less expensive, and include QD sockets. Hejnar Photo will ship internationally. Just an idea--I haven't used any Hejnar products myself but I've only heard good things...
And congratulations on the lens...

Thank you, Tim for the tip!

I tried to order one there, no possible. When I click on ''order'' there's is always something to fill missing. I fill it, and re-click and get again the same and so on.

Will try again later.
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2021, 12:35:23 »
Fine images, very neutral post processing

Thanks, Eric!
Yes, a basic PP, just to compare pictures.
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Re: First shots with the 500mm f/5.6 ED PF.
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2021, 12:38:26 »
I have fitted Hejnar feet to a couple of Fuji lenses. I am very happy with their quality. A 500 PF is on my wish list and I will go for Hejnar again, subject to checking the prices.

Trying to order, without success... :o
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