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

With a DxOMark Score of 25 mounted on a 36Mpix D800 this is without doubt a high-performance lens, but even while sharpness across the field even wide open is excellent, the Sharpness score of 16P-Mpix (from a theoretical maximum of 36-PMpix) is still a little disappointing. As for the other scores, the 500mm performs well within our expectations for a lens of this type.