Nikon announced the development of a new AF-S 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens last month, but now we finally get a look at it thanks to an image posted to Twitter by Photographer Pavel Bednyakov, whose photograph makes it look like the new 500mm could be easier to hold than Nikon's 200mm f/2.
If you've ever shot with the Nikon 200mm f/2G VR II (or the earlier version), you'll likely remember how it was more or less at the limit of what could reasonably be handheld for longer periods of time. Essentially, the Nikon 200mm f/2 is to we normal humans as the 600mm f/4 is to Dwayne Johnson. But that's what makes this new "PF" technology so exciting, as it enables this 500mm in development to be smaller and lighter than anything else before it.
Referring to the use of a Phase Fresnel lens element that, according to Nikon, "effectively compensates for chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon," PF lenses such as the already-released AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens are "remarkably compact and lightweight... with fewer lens elements." Because of this, the 500mm f/5.6E PF lens should be hand-holdable, and it looks even more maneuverable than that coveted Nikon 200mm f/2 judging by that photo on Twitter.
What do you think? Is the rumored price of $4,300 too much to get you to buy into what's still a relatively affordable and extremely portable super-telephoto lens?