Nikon 500mm pf lens wildlife photography

Nikon 500mm PF lens – a game changer

During my recent Uganda mountain gorilla photography tour I had my first chance to test Nikon’s 500mm 5.6 PF lens. I’ll put a few photos and thoughts below on using this lens in the field so to speak.

Nikon 500mm pf lens wildlife photography

A Blue cheeked Bee-eater about to snag a dragonfly taken at 5.6 ISO 400 and a shutter speed of 1/1000th. For my first outing with this lens I walked down to the Botanical Gardens, Entebbe, which is a great spot for birding.  And that sentence says a lot … I walked there and then wandered around for a good few hours. The Nikon 500mm pf lens is so small and lightweight compared to other quality telephotos that it immediately gives you an advantage of utter portability.  When I saw this Bee-eater catch a couple of dragonflies I could bag a shot of it hand held. 

Nikon 500mm PF 5.6 lens quality

This lens is a total game changer for wildlife photography producing clean, sharp images. The Malachite Kingfisher below was taken hand held on a moving dug out canoe in the Mabamba swamp. F5.6, 1/1000th sec, ISO 450.

We had a great sighting of a Shoebill here and again this lens nailed really sharp images of this bird both static and in flight. This lens is fast and the autofocus locks onto your target nice and quickly. 

Nikon 500mm PF 5.6 lens image stabilisation

The image stabilastion on this lens is supurb meaning ou can still hand hold it at quite slow shutter speeds to capture a sense of movement. I shot this Fox’s Weaver at just 1/80th sec which produces the effect in the wings and the water drops. 

Nikon 500mm pf lens wildlife photography

PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION – In the meantime a few more photos taken with this lens.

Elephants Kazinga channel Uganda

Barbet birds Uganda