Nikon only producing 1000 500mm f/5.6 lenses per month, but people want more

Nikon only producing 1000 500mm f/5.6 lenses per month, but people want more
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If you're a Nikon wildlife or sports shooter and you haven't heard of the 500mm f/5.6 PF lens, then you may want to consider coming out from the rock you've been living under. Currently celebrating its first birthday, the Nikon 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR has exploded in popularity since its August 2018 release and Nikon are consequently struggling to fulfill demand. 

But why, you might be tempted to ask, is this niche and expensive lens (the 500mm f/5.6 currently retails for around $3,600) so incredibly popular?

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.