Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Two Fluorite and Three ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Fluorine-Coated Front Lens Element
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction, Sport/Tripod Modes
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Overview

  • 1Description

Optimized for fast shooting speeds and working in difficult conditions, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR is an impressive telephoto designed for Nikon FX-format DSLRs. The sophisticated optical design incorporates two fluorite and three extra-low dispersion elements to control chromatic aberrations and distortions, as well as lessen the overall weight of the lens. Also contributing to improved image quality, both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings have been applied to lens elements to lessen flare and ghosting for improved contrast, clarity, and color fidelity. Protecting the advanced optical design is a front fluorine-coated meniscus glass element that, when paired with the weather-resistant magnesium-alloy barrel, supports working in inclement conditions.

A Silent Wave Motor AF system produces fast, near-silent focusing performance that suits both stills shooting and movie recording, which can instantly be manually overridden by simply turning the manual focus ring. Further contributing to photographing in fast-paced situations and difficult lighting, VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps. Additionally, an electromagnetic aperture mechanism is integrated into the lens design to provide greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with faster continuous shooting rates.

Super telephoto designed for use with FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, this lens is also compatible with DX models where it will provide a 750mm equivalent focal length.
Two fluorite and three extra-low dispersion lens elements work to reduce chromatic aberrations; improve overall image sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity; and help to minimize the overall weight of the lens.
A Nano Crystal Coat, along with a Super Integrated Coating, has been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops, benefiting this lens's use in low-light conditions. Additionally, a designated Sport Mode is well-suited to working in fast-paced conditions and a Tripod Mode helps to suppress subtle ground vibrations when working atop a support system.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. An internal focusing design is also used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Fluorine-coated front meniscus glass element affords protection to the optical system.
Dust- and moisture-resistant magnesium-alloy lens barrel benefits the lens' use in inclement conditions.
A removable tripod collar is included with the lens for well-balanced support when working from a monopod or tripod. The collar ring also incorporates ball bearings for smooth transitions between horizontal and vertical shooting orientations.
Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.

This mechanism limits the compatibility of this lens to the following cameras: D5, D4, D3 series, Df, D850, D810, D810A, D800/E, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D300/S, D7500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4 with FT-1, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, and Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1.
Compatible with optional AF-S Teleconverter TC-14, TC-17, and TC-20 teleconverters.
UPC: 018208200535
In the Box
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens
  • Slip-On Front Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap uyftufubvuuwcwdrffsfyzfvuzsuz
  • HK-34 Lens Hood
  • NC 40.5mm Neutral Color Filter
  • Slip-In Filter Holder
  • LN-2 Lens Strap for NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
  • CT-505 Trunk Case for 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens (Gray)
  • Tripod Collar
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Warranty Extension with Online Registration
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    • 1Description

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Specs

    Focal Length 500mm
    Maximum Aperture f/4
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 5
    Maximum Magnification 0.14x
    Minimum Focus Distance 11.81' / 3.6 m
    Optical Design 16 Elements in 12 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Tripod Collar Removable and Rotating
    Filter Size 40.5 mm (Drop-In)
    Dimensions ( x L) 5.512 x 15.236" / 140 x 387 mm
    Weight 6.8 lb / 3.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 20.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.2 x 16.2 x 13.5"

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Reviews

    AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Big Glass and Hand Hold-able Excellent sharpness, contrast, and colors. Which is to be expected from a lens of this caliber. What was not expected is the weight and balance. I'd read that it is very hand hold-able for a 500 prime, but you can't appreciate how good it really is until you pick it up and point it. The balance is excellent. It feels only slightly heavier than my 200-500. I hand-hold 99% of my shots so I am extremely pleased with this lens. When it comes to big primes and the cost required to own one, the question is always asked do you ever regret dropping that much cash on a lens? I never read a yes response to that question. And now I'll add my resounding NO !!!
    Date published: 2017-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for wildlife photography I live in the country so much of my photography involves wildlife. I have tried many options but they were always a compromise. I am currently using this on a D750. The focusing is fast and tracking birds in flight is excellent. Image quality is fantastic. I tried many of the telephoto zooms and the 300 f/4E PF. I also have the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens with a teleconverter. Using those combinations work only if the lighting is very good. I tried the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens which wasn't long enough unless using a teleconverter. I prefer the balance of this lens to the 400 2.8. I would highly recommend this lens. It is a joy to shoot. I would also recommend reading John Sherman's review on Photography Life as it is quite extensive and has many great photos.
    Date published: 2015-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Continues to amaze me I primarily use this wonderfully sharp lens with the D500, and more often than not I have the TC-14E III attached. I also use it with the D750 and D810A. Owned it for 17 months and continue to be amazed by its performance for nature and wildlife photography. I'm 51 years old, yet the lens is light enough that I can walk around and carry it on a strap w/ D500 and TC-14E III for a few hours. For longer hikes, I use a monopod or a ThinkTank backpack. Superb contrast, resolution, sharpness, and vivid colors are simply amazing. What's not to like? Well yeah...the price is steep. One of the photos I am providing with this review were shot with the TC-14E III. You'll notice how that combination produces sharp results.
    Date published: 2017-09-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and sharp I have used a 600mm on a tripod and a 200-400 zoom for handheld - both for birding. My 200-400 was good for close subjects in woodsy terrain. The 600mm excels in more open areas. Some nature areas are a mix of shooting venues. The 500mm seems to do well in both environments. It is lighter than my 200-400m and has good reach with a 1.4TC. I may find myself using the 500mm more often than not. I can walk farther with the 500mm than I can carrying the tripod. Very happy so far.
    Date published: 2015-09-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ultra Sharp Telephoto Prime First my thanks to B&H for great customer service. I received an email that the lens was back in stock, ordered it 5 minutes later and it was on my doorstep the next morning. As for the lens itself, it is a phenomenal achievement by Nikon. I know it's kind of the tweener lens between the Nikon 400mm f2.8 and the 600mm FL f4, but I love the size and weight. It is easier to manage than either the 400 or 600mm. I used this lens and a pro football game on a D4S with an RRS monopod. The results were spectacular. Standing at the end zone and shooting to the opposite 20 yard line, I was still extracting fine detail in the quarterback's eyes. Very impressed with the sharpness, fast AF and overall IQ. VR also works as expected. This lens is soon to be on the list of Iconic Nikon glass.
    Date published: 2015-12-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Got one of the first of these delivered I think. My previous go-to lens for birds and wildlife is the Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II. The 500FL is longer, but about the same weight and I find the two lenses are about equally transportable and easy to carry and shoot unassisted by a tripod or monopod. I regularly head out for multi-mile, multi-hour hikes with the 500FL. I added an Acra-swiss plate to the lens tripod foot, and use a RRS clamp with an over-the-shoulder Rapid Strap RS-7. The lens balances nicely facing to the rear as I walk.Like the 300 f/2.8 the lens is crazy sharp. Different than (my copy at least of) the 300 f/2.8 the 500FL is good at distances >100m.The VR works amazingly well.Don't know what else to say. Here are a few images I've taken since I got the lens a few weeks ago.below is a hummingbird shot handheld at 1/160s. Coyotes shot at about 400m, handheld. Kestrel in flight handheld. My dog shot handheld is the last image from about 30m.------------------------------
    Date published: 2015-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from For handheld, This is it!! I sold my 500mm.G model to get this, I'm so glad I did!!. I shoot about 98% handheld...very little tripod use. The lighter weight up front makes a substantial difference. I also believe the VR is improved, works well. I'm getting more keepers, so to me it's well worth it. If you shoot handheld and thinking about it, just do it, I Love this lens.
    Date published: 2016-03-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The truth about 500mm lenses I'm an amateur birder and have been using a 200-500mm zoom, which is great for not-too-distant shots in full daylight, but that lens begins to disappoint when birds are further away or in shadow. Thought I'd buy this lens to see if it helped. Wow. It helps. The first thing you notice with this lens is the focus speed. My prior lens moved into focus (quickly, I thought). This lens just IS in focus. Sure, it takes a while to cycle out and back if you lose focus on the silhouette of a bird and the focus dot hits the mountain a mile away, but if the bird is merely hopping from one branch to another in a tree, focus change is pretty much instantaneous as you follow the bird. Not so with the cheaper lenses: With them you acquire focus; with this lens you simply have focus. The next issue is image quality. Do the birds you really want to photograph always seem just a little too far away? Do your flying raptor shots turn out grainy and you wonder how those guys on the Internet get that hawk's eye so crisp and clear? Well, if you had this lens you wouldn't have to wonder. It's only a 500mm like my prior lens, but this lens milks quite a bit more out of that 500mm. (It also works great with teleconverters if you need more than 500mm worth of reach.) With my old lens, birds-in-flight shots were mostly for large birds, like herons. This lens locks focus so quickly you can get flying shots of much smaller birds. It's nearly impossible to find this lens used: Nobody who has one would want to part with it. I attach two sample photos. I guestimate the hawk was taken at 170 feet (cropped, obviously). I include the green heron to show what's possible hand held using a 1.4x teleconverter. You lose some quality shooting 700mm hand held, but I couldn't walk on water to get closer. There is only one excuse for a birder not to own this lens: It is a tad expensive. I hand carry it on a Black Rapid strap, which beats fumbling with a monopod or tripod.
    Date published: 2017-09-24
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    Is this lens manufactured in Japan or in China like the new 300mm f/4 PF VR?
    Asked by: Philippe
    Nikon always produce their high end optics in Japan.
    Answered by: ABRAHAM K.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    Power Consumption? Just mounted this to a Z7 ...

    Power Consumption? Just mounted this to a Z7 which was previously used with a 200-500 F5.6 Nikkor. The power consumption with it seems very high compared to the zoom. Has anyone experienced this? Thanks
    Asked by: tim
    We have not heard of any issue regarding this lens. We suggest testing with a fresh battery. If you are finding a noticeable difference in the power usage and you have had the lens from B&H less than 30 days, please contact B&H Customer Service regarding an exchange or return.
    Answered by: Dennis A
    Date published: 2019-01-29


    Has Anyone who owns this lens found a good quality plate that fits well?
    Asked by: Rob L.
    Wimberly replacement foot works great! Sorry for the delay. I was on the road until a couple of days ago and couldn't remember which foot I had purchased. <a href= target= _blank ></a>
    Answered by: Ardith B.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    The CT 505 Hard Case is pictured with the lens. Is it included?
    Asked by: Scott
    Yes, it comes in the case, which provides very good protection.
    Answered by: Anthony P.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Will this work with the new D500 that's coming?
    Asked by: Pamela T.
    I was able to use it on D300. It should also work on D500.
    Answered by: wei chao c.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    What is the Nikon Warranty on a New lens? One year, two, or 5?
    Asked by: Morris F.
    Included with the lens:Limited 1-Year WarrantyLimited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
    Answered by: Dana G.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Is a plain glass protection filter available for this lens? I usually put them on my lenses just to keep the front glass clean.
    Asked by: Andrew B.
    There is not plain glass to protect the lens. There is a cover. See the picture.
    Answered by: Luming Z.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Will this lens work with a D5500?
    Asked by: Tami
    Answered by: John H.
    Date published: 2018-08-26
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    Designed For Use With:

    • Nikon D3300
    • Nikon D3400
    • Nikon D3500
    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D5200
    • Nikon D5300
    • Nikon D5500
    • Nikon D5600
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D7500
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
    • Nikon Df
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