Nikon has announced updates to its 500mm and 600mm f/4 VR Nikkor lenses. The new lenses replace the original VR versions, which were announced in 2007. These new big Nikkors use fluorite glass elements to significantly reduce their weight. The 500mm f/4 E FL Nikkor weighs in at 6.8 lbs, and the 600mm f/4 E FL Nikkor is 8.4 lbs. That makes them currently the lightest 500/4 and 600/4 lenses on the market for 35mm format cameras.
Nikon has also updated the VR system in these lenses to add 4-stops of effective shutter speed, and introduced a “sport” VR mode, which should theoretically improve AF tracking of moving subjects. The lenses also gain electronic aperture control, which is intended to improve exposure accuracy during high-speed shooting, such as with the D4s DSLR.
I’ve put together a simple table comparing each of these new lenses to its predecessor. Major differences are highlighted in green.
I’ve got some breaking news regarding upcoming photography field workshops.
Night Sky Workshop in Eastern Colorado
Join me on Saturday, July 11th in Limon, CO for a night sky photography class. We will photograph stars and the Milky Way out by the wind turbines for some dramatic photo opportunities. Details Here
Chicago: Last-minute opening
Due to a late cancellation, there is an immediate opening for Chicago: Art and Architecture Artistic Vision workshop August 19-23. RSVP deadline is July 17th. I’m co-leading this workshop with Deborah Sandidge. Details Here
Stretching Time: Mastering the Long Exposure: August 8th, 2015 Join me in Colorado Springs to learn how to create time-stretching long exposure images! I’ll be teaching both traditional and time-lapse techniques in this workshop. Details Here
Miami Beach Artistic Vision Workshop: Deadline August 13
Join me and Deborah Sandidge on the beach in Miami for a 4-day artistic vision workshop, where we’ll explore creative techniques while enjoying the art deco architecture and beaches in South Miami Beach! Details Here
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I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be returning to the private photo blinds of south Texas in 2016 for a small-group instructional photo safari. This trip includes private blind access on two ranches, double-occupancy lodging for four nights, and all meals.