D500 and Third Party Lenses

The following information comes from site visitors who did the basic tests I asked them to. I present this by manufacturer, then by lens. For each lens you’ll see a Yes/No, Yes/No, Yes/No. These three verdicts correspond to, in order: (1) shutter release autofocus, (2) AF-On button autofocus, and (3) Live View autofocus. Basically you want to see three Yeses to indicate the lens has basic compatibility with the D500. Any no indicates some incompatibility.

Sigma

  • 4.5mm — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 8-16mm — Yes, Yes, Yes on one sample, but Maybe, maybe, maybe  on others (works sometimes after dismounting and remounting, doesn’t work others; AF indicators blink rapidly; could be firmware dependent)
  • 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM fisheye — Yes, Yes, No (tries to focus, doesn’t manage to focus)
  • 10-20mm f/3.5 — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM — Yes, Yes, Yes/No (Multiple Nos: may be firmware dependent)
  • 15mm f/2.8 fisheye — Yes, Yes, No
  • 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 18-35mm f/1.8 Art — Yes, Yes, Yes (may be lens firmware sensitive; this is for firmware 1.01) (also: edge sensor focus performance is poor)
  • 24mm f/2.8 Super Wide — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 24mm f/1.4 Art — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 24-35mm f/2 — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 OS — Yes, Yes, Yes (but increases meter off time by one minute)
  • 24-105mm — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 28mm f/1.8 — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 35mm f/1.4 non-Art — Yes, Yes, No
  • 35mm f/1.4 Art — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 50mm f/1.4 Art — Yes, Yes, Yes (firmware 1.00)
  • 50mm f/1.4 non-Art — Yes, Yes, No
  • 50-100mm f/1.8 Art — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 50-150mm f/2.8 non-OS — Yes, Yes, No
  • 50-150mm f/2.8 OS — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO HSM — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 70mm f/2.8 Macro — Yes, Yes, Yes 
  • 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 85mm f/1.4 HSM — Yes, Yes, Yes (doesn’t automatic AF fine tune)
  • 105mm f/2.8 Macro — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 120-300mm f/2.8 — Yes, Yes, Yes (TC 1.4x and 2x works with it, too, but 2x slowly)
  • 120-400mm — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 150mm f/2.8 Macro (non OS) — Yes, Yes, No (reported not to work on other Nikon bodies, too)
  • 150mm f/2.8 Macro (OS) — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sports — Yes, Yes, Yes (firmware 1.02 and 1.03) (lens got firmware update 1.04 to fix exposure issues with TC)
  • 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary — Yes, Yes, Yes (lens got firmware update 1.02 to fix exposure issues with TC)
  • 180mm f/2.8 Macro — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 180mm f/2.8 Macro OS — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 300-800mm f/5.6 — Yes, Yes, No (tries but fails)
  • 500mm f/4.5 — Yes, Yes, No

Tamron

  • 15-30mm f/2.8 Di USD — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 17-35mm f/2.8-4 — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 Di USD VC — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 SP — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Macro — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD — Yes, Yes, Yes/No (may be an update difference; multiple No’s received)
  • 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LC — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro — Yes, Yes, No
  • 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 85mm f/1.8 SP VC — unknown, Yes, Yes (apparently doesn’t have A8 set right ;~)  Auto Fine Tune didn’t work on this lens
  • 90mm f/2.8 VC Macro — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 — Yes, Yes, Yes

Tokina

  • 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 fisheye — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 11-16mm f/2.8 DX — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 11-20mm f/2.8 DX — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 12-24mm f/4 screwdriver DX — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 12-24mm f/4 DX — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 16-28mm f/2.8 — Yes, Yes, Yes
  • 50-135mm f/2.8 — Yes, Yes, Yes (but automatic AF fine tune didn’t work)
  • 100mm f/2.8 Macro — Yes, Yes, Yes

Vivitar

  • 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 — Yes, Yes, Yes
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