A telephoto zoom lens is what you would use frequently to take photos of many types of subjects, including full-body as well as chest-up shots of people, distant landscapes, and animals that are at a moderate distance away. I recommend this lens as it is light and able to fully utilize the imaging capabilities of the D500. (Photo and report by Ryosuke Takahashi)
Mounted onto the D500
The bundled Bayonet Lens Hood HB-60
Focal length: 70mm (equivalent to 105mm in FX- and 35mm format)/Aperture-priority auto (f/8, 1/250 sec)/ ISO 200 / WB: Auto
I used continuous shooting with 3D-tracking to capture the train while following its movement. The lens is light, which makes the composition less prone to shifting even if I were to take photos of the train from afar. As a result, I was able to release the shutter at the right timing. Another advantage of this lens is the inclusion of Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology. This photo was taken with front light, but I could not find any ghosting or flares when taken with backlight due to the Nano Crystal Coat.
Focal length: 200mm(equivalent to 300mm in FX- and 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority auto(f/4, 1/320 sec, EV +0.3)/ ISO 250 / WB: Auto
This is a photo of a squirrel monkey which just emerged from the leaves to show its face. Using D500, the picture angle will be similar to that of a 300mm equivalent, so a squirrel monkey this small would also look big in the picture. The focusing is sharp even at maximum aperture. Although the latter is f/4, it still gives a beautiful background bokeh. The minimum focusing distance is short, so it can easily take well-focused photos of subjects at close-range.
This is a telephoto zoom lens with a standard focal range. For the 70-200mm class, there is also the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. However, on the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, the maximum aperture was designed to be f/4 to keep the lens diameter and weight low. This results in relatively low residual aberration when maximum aperture is used, but the axial chromatic aberration that easily occurs in telephoto lenses is kept under control with 3 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glasses. Therefore, it is possible to achieve stable resolving power across the entire image area, from maximum aperture onwards.
When mounted onto D500, the focal length will be 300mm equivalent at maximum, providing a correspondingly narrow angle of view that should be adequate even for outdoor use. Furthermore, the minimum focusing distance of lenses in this class is usually around 1.4m, but on the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, this is a class-topping 1m. With such excellent close-range performance, it is capable of a richer range of expression than an FX-format D-SLR with a full-frame sensor.
The in-lens VR technology gives rise to a powerful 4-stop image stabilization capability. However, with improvements in the mirror vibration reduction mechanism and the shape of the grip area, stability during handheld-shooting is outstanding. It goes without saying that the Nano Crystal Coat makes the lens more suitable for evening scenes involving backlight photography that highlights the subject’s silhouette or the light source itself. Stability during slow shutter photography will improve when the RT-1 Tripod Collar Ring, which is sold separately, is mounted.
The weight of the lens is almost the same as the camera body, so even when mounting the lens onto the camera body, the front would not feel heavy, and a balance in weight is maintained when holding it in your hand.
For more details, click: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
This lens’ selling point is its class-topping minimum focusing distance. That alone facilitates effective focusing accuracy during close-up photography. However, it will be convenient if you custom-set the functions of the preview button and Fn1 button to allow you to momentarily switch between AF area modes, so that it will be possible to use single-point AF easily and instantly.
Born in Aichi in 1960, Takahashi started his freelance career in 1987 after working with an advertising photo studio and a publishing house. Photographing for major magazines, he has travelled to many parts of the world from his bases in Japan and China.