Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm and 600mm f/4G ED VR lens reviews: legendary performers in the range

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday July 10 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR image quality ranking | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR image quality ranking | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR fights off both Canon and Sony | Nikon 600mm f/4G ED VR vs Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM: duel it out, but it’s a tie | Conclusion

Although the two lenses are extraordinary performers, the Nikon can’t quite match the new $11,999 triple fluorite Canon in sharpness or in lateral chromatic aberration, however overall the two perform very similarly. Both have homogenous sharpness at maximum aperture and possess low distortion and vignetting and excellent transmission, but reason why the DxOMark scores are the same is due to the excellent noise and dynamic range of the Nikon D800 sensor.