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It sounded too good in the beginning. Now I'm thinking more about it, but in a more realistic, perhaps less enthusiastic way. I'm looking for a longer lens, but I think I'll wait and see how this plays out for a few months.
This is my thought as well. I was very excited by the introduction of this lens for serious wildlife photography, but time has caused me to take a more realistic perspective on the lens. I currently use the 200-400 f4 VR and shoot this recognizing that I am compromising image quality for flexibility. Like many who own the lens, I would love a lightweight alternative while maintaining the image quality that I can extract from my lens. After doing an extensive comparison between the 200-400 and the 80-400, I just couldn't give up the improvements I saw at 400mm or the ability to produce sharp images at f4.5.
The 200-500mm f5.6 seemed like the perfect lens for me, but at $1499, I sincerely doubt that it will touch the quality that I already have. Probably more like Nikon's best 70-300mm VR and made for wildlife enthusiasts who already own that lens and wanting more magnification, I fear that the 200-500mm f5.6 sounds great on paper, but may not be able to resolve the detail one can extract from a D810 or D7200.
Final thought... after looking closely at the lens, it does remind me of the Tamron optic in terms of build and tripod mount. The flex mount does not look sturdy and the barrel looks as if it might be a third-party partnership...
I'll reserve judgement until I see the pictures, but my enthusiasm is beginning to wane.