Im pleased to annouce as part of my ongoing work with Nikon, Japan they have recently released more of my work on the “Eyes of Nikon” page. I have tested the Nikon 200-500mm lens along with the D810 camera now for a while and its brilliant and very versatile and I give my thoughts of this lens and the 16mm fisheye lens while testing in the real world of wildlife
I was selected to become an “eyes of nikon” photographer back in December 2013, Since then my work has formed part of their book, their exhibition in China, online images much more. Nikon, Japan have supported my wildlife photography work since then too which is great.
From the beginning of my professional career, I’ve always used AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. It offers me unrivalled images with its sharpness and ability to put space between me and a wild animal at the same time allowing me to capture that subject while trying not to impact on their life. When I was asked to try AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, I was looking forward to seeing the quality and what it would offer. I didn’t think it would be as sharp as my 600mm.
After using this now for a number of months, I can honestly say that this lens and the D810 are always attached to a strap and are used alongside my 600mm. It’s earned my trust very quickly through what it offers me to which I was really surprised at first. The focus is smooth and responsive; it locks on to the subject even in poor light. At F5.6 through its zoom range it offers great sharpness. There is little noise when focusing too, which is so important when working in the wild as every single sound is magnified. It’s light to hold and offers me great composition options at different focal lengths from 200mm-500mm. This lens offers great possibilities for those that don’t own a prime lens, and I can thoroughly recommend this is the theatre of wildlife.
Thank you Nikon, Japan and everyone else involved in this ongoing eyes of Nikon work. I hope it helps people and inspires them all to get out more ans just spend time with nature and then use what equipment you have to capture the amazing world of nature.