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

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

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

B&H # NI5004EVRAFW (B&H Kit)

Kit includes:

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens Wildlife Kit Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long) Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender

Show MoreLess


Now Viewing:

In Stock

Product Highlights

  • SB-5000 AF Speedlight
  • Flash Extender
  • Tripod Legs
  • Gimbal Head

B&H $500 Gift Card Dash

Share for a chance to win a $500 B&H Gift Card!

Share on Twitter

Share a favorite product for chances to win one of eight $500 B&H Gift Cards!
1 new winner announced every Monday starting Nov 5th!
Limit 1 entry per day: Come back every day to increase your chance of winning.

Be sure to mention #BHWishList when you share!

Congrats to our winners so far:

Next winner: Dec 24th

James Z. (Wk 1)

Ralph H. (Wk 2)

Arturo M. (Wk 3)

Rich P. (Wk 4)

Valeria A. (Wk 5)

Sabrina B. (Wk 6)

Carolyn W. (Wk 7)

Official Rules


NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The B&H $500.00 Gift Card Dash (the "Sweepstakes") is void where prohibited by law and is sponsored by B&H Foto & Electronics Corp., 440 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001 ("Sponsor"). It is not sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or Twitter in any way.

Entry Period/Methods of Entry. The Sweepstakes will run from on or about October 28, 2018 until on or about December 23, 2018 (the "Entry Period"). Entries received outside the Entry Period are void. Enter the Sweepstakes via either one of the following methods. (1) Share any product found on the B&H website (the "Website") on Facebook or Twitter via the dedicated links contained on the website using the hashtag #BHWishlist; or (2) Mail a postcard (postmarked during the Entry Period) containing your name, address, phone number, and email address, and indicate the subject(s), if any, about which you are interested in receiving future emails from B&H (e.g. photo, video, audio, computers, home theater, portable entertainment ) (optional) to: B&H $500.00 Gift Card Dash Sweepstakes, c/o B&H Foto & Electronics Corp., 440 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001 (either option, an "Entry"). Entries must not, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Entries deemed by Sponsor to be inappropriate will be disqualified. Entries owned by a third party, or the use of any trademarks, service marks, logos, brands, or products owned by a third party are not acceptable for entry into the Sweepstakes. Limit 1 entry per person, per day.

Winner Selection/Prizes/Odds. The B&H Social Team will randomly select a winner from among all eligible entries every Monday during the Entry Period, for a total eight (8) winners (each a "Winner"). Each Winner will receive a B&H Gift Card pre-valued in the amount of $500.00. No cash or other substitutions will be offered. Winner selection is in the sole and absolute discretion of the B&H Social Team. Any taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Winners will be notified and receive their prize at the email address associated with the account to which their Entry was posted or the email account provided with a mail-in entry. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Identity of Winners/Eligible Participants. Winners will be identified by the email account associated with the Facebook or Twitter account from which their Entry was submitted or the email account provided with a mail-in entry. An email account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such email account by the internet access or online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with such email account. Any issues regarding the identity of a Winner shall be resolved by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Sweepstakes is only open to residents of the United States that are at least eighteen (18) years of age on their entry date and is not open to employees of Sponsor, their immediate family, any person domiciled with such employees, or any affiliates or subsidiaries of Sponsor.

Entry Ownership/Entrant Agreements. Entrants retain full ownership and copyrights to their Submission. However, by entering the Sweepstakes entrants grant Sponsor permission to use their Entries for promotional purposes on their respective social media channels with proper credit. Entrants also agree: (a) to be bound by these Official B&H $500.00 Gift Card Dash Sweepstakes Rules; (b) that any claims related to this Sweepstakes shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action and that awards, shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred in entering the Sweepstakes, and shall not include incidental or consequential damages or attorneys fees; and (c) that any actual or perceived ambiguities in these rules shall be interpreted by Sponsor in their sole discretion.

Limitation of Liability/Sponsor Modification/Cancellation Rights/ Choice of Law/ Venue/ Winners List. Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete entries or for failure to receive entries due to technical failures or human error of any kind. Winners agree that Sponsor will have no responsibility for losses or damage of any kind resulting from the acceptance, possession, or use of the prizes. Except where prohibited, participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant's consent to the publication of his or her name by Sponsor in any media for commercial or promotional purposes without limitation or further compensation subject to Sponsor's respective Privacy Policies. Sponsor may modify or discontinue the Sweepstakes at any time and may disqualify from the Sweepstakes any person it determines, in its sole discretion, to have attempted to or actually tampered with or otherwise abused any aspect of the Sweepstakes. Entrants agree that in the unlikely event a dispute arises in connection with this Sweepstakes, it will be governed by the laws of the State of New York and heard exclusively in a court of applicable jurisdiction in the County and State of New York irrespective of any choice of law provisions to the contrary. To receive names of the winners by U.S. mail, please mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: B&H Foto & Electronics Corp., Attn: B&H $500.00 Gift Card Dash Sweepstakes, 440 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Any Winners List request must be received by B&H within one (1) year of the date the Sweepstakes is conducted.

Let us know how to reach you if you win!

Privacy 100% guaranteed; email address for contact purposes only


Already have a B&H account? Just log in tomorrow to enter again!

$0 VA Sales Tax Collected on This Item
Add to Wish List Item in Wish List

Nikon 500mm f/4.0 overview

  • 1Description

An ideal set for wildlife photographers, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens Wildlife Kit by B&H packages a telephoto lens with a sturdy tripod and gimbal head for stability. The kit also includes a SB-5000 AF Speedlight flash and flash extender for illuminating subjects at distance.

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

    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
  • Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)

    The GT3543LS Systematic Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod from Gitzo is a high capacity carbon fiber tripod that represents the ultimate goals of the Systematic lineup—minimal weight, durability, and uncompromising stability. The Series 3 tripods are optimal for traveling light but with extremely sturdy support, especially for those who prefer to work without a center column or need enhanced modularity.

    Within the Series 3 line the GT3543LS is given the "Long" designation as it can extend from a minimum height of 3.5", to a maximum height of 57.5", all while maintaining an impressive weight capacity of 55 lb. Incorporating Gitzo's patented carbon eXact tubing, the GT3543LS sports maximum rigidity while keeping its weight to an absolute minimum. Weighing just 4.5 lb allows the tripod it be easily carried or transported in the studio or out in the field. It's folded length of just 22.4" makes storing or travelling with the tripod easy and convenient.

    The Systematic line also features an array of unique, patented, and useful features which set a standard for professional quality. The key design element of the series is the use of Gitzo's Carbon eXact tubes which are extremely rigid despite their lightweight design. The carbon tubing is complimented by Gitzo's G-Lock Ultra twist-locks which maintain stable, solid connections between leg sections and prevent joint damage by blocking out dirt, dust, and moisture. Each leg on the tripod features a 50mm rubber articulating foot, providing a stable and versatile base for setting the tripod on most surfaces. If required, the feet may be removed and replaced with optional metal spikes for increased stability in sand, dirt, mud, snow, and ice. The base of the tripod also features a 3/8"-16 Easy Link attachment thread, allowing the user to connect a variety of accessories to the tripod including magic arms, shoe adapters, LED lights, monitors, and more.

    UPC: 719821384182
  • Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base

    The Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base is a gimbal-type tripod head that incorporates an elevated tilt mechanism and adjustable platform to make the camera/lens' center of gravity and tilt axis of the head be perfectly aligned.

    Things once thought of as impossible with a ball head are nothing short of mundane with a Wimberley, because a weightless camera/lens combo (even a 600mm f/4 w/ large body) can literally be controlled with one finger. Point the rig where you want and take the hand away, and it stays exactly where you put it.

    The Version II head is more compact and lightweight, features a redesigned panning base, "soft-touch" knobs, and includes a built-in Arca-type compatible quick release base. An Arca-type quick release plate is required and is available separately.

    The built-in industry-standard Arca-type quick release clamp makes it compatible with the many different plates available from Arca-Swiss, Acratech , Kirk, Wimberly, Really Right Stuff, Foba, etc.
    The head does not have separate controls for tension and locking, but the locking controls deliver smooth resistance with diminished "stick-slip".
    The overall height of the head is 9.25" (23.5cm), with the lens platform adjustable from 3.5 to 7.1" (8.9 x 18cm). The centerline of a balanced lens will be approximately 8.4" (21.3cm) above the bottom of the head.
    Distance from the mounting surface of the platform to the tilt axis: Adjustable from 1.1 to 4.8" (2.8 to 12.2cm).
    The head's redesigned panning base has zero play and the pan locking knob has been moved to the side of the head; this allows the user to easily operate both knobs with the same hand.
    Lobed "soft-touch" knobs provide a more comfortable grip and perform better when using gloves.
    Powder coated/anodized finish.
    Made in the U.S.A.
    UPC: 753182834412
  • Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight

    Nikon has reimagined both on- and off-camera lighting with the SB-5000 AF Speedlight, which brings revolutionary radio control to the Creative Lighting System with Advanced Wireless Lighting and comes equipped with a world's first shoe-mounted flash cooling system that enables up to 100 consecutive full-power flashes. These features alone are enough to put it at the top of the speedlight heap, but the SB-5000 doesn't rest and provides a powerful guide number of 113' at ISO 100 and 35mm while also shrinking in overall size compared to its predecessors.

    Of course, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight is fully compatible with Nikon's i-TTL automatic exposure system found in a majority of their cameras for fast, accurate operation. The radio control implemented in the SB-5000 requires a compatible DSLR using the WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter and WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller in order to fully realize the power of the system. This enables the camera and flash to wirelessly control up to six groups of flashes from up to 98' away, without requiring any line of sight. Also, the SB-5000 and the radio system are fully compatible with the existing optical triggering method of older units and can even be mixed and matched for maximum versatility.

    Designed for reliability as well as versatility, the innovative built-in cooling system of the SB-5000 is a first for shoe-mounted flashes. It vents heat quickly and efficiently, allowing you to fire up to 100 consecutive full power flashes without issue. It also means that the flash can be made smaller without compromising performance. This new design also ensures speedy and intuitive operation, implementing an Info button for fast access to some of your most commonly used settings.

    As a standard flash the SB-5000 will not disappoint, providing a wide ranging zoom head of 24-200mm which can be extended down to 14mm with use of the built-in diffusion panel. The head will also tilt from -7 to +90° and rotate left and right 180° for complete bounce capabilities. Full sync mode support is available with slow, high-speed, 1st and 2nd curtain options.

    The flash has a quick recycle time of 1.8-2.6 seconds and runs on four AA batteries. It can be powered by select external battery packs. A PC terminal can be found on the SB-5000 for further triggering options and it comes with a stand, diffusion dome, fluorescent and incandescent filters, and a soft case.

    Radio control Advanced Wireless Lighting when used with a D5 or D500 DSLR equipped with WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller and WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter
    Radio triggering range of 98' with no line-of-sight requirement and with control over 6 groups of flashes
    Shoe-mount flash cooling system with a heat-shedding design enables over 100 bursts at full output without overheating
    Guide number of 113' at ISO 100 and 35mm or 180' at ISO 100 and 200mm
    Coverage of 14-24mm in FX when using built-in wide-angle diffusion panel
    Manual power output from 1/1 to 1/256
    Light distribution angle is automatically adjustable to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats with standard, even, and center-weighted options
    Wireless Commander TTL capabilities with both optical and radio trigger options
    Commander Mode to set up optical wireless flashes in 3 groups and in one of 4 channels
    Control and mix optical and radio flashes
    Backlit rear LCD panel
    Customize settings with Unified Flash Control and a personal computer with version 2.23 or later of Nikon's Camera Control Pro 2 software installed
    Flash head tilts with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45 °, 60°, 75°, and 90°
    Flash head rotates left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, and 180°
    Flash exposure compensation from -3 to +3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
    Info button for fast access to commonly adjusted settings
    Works with SK-6 Power Bracket Unit and SD-9 High-Performance Battery Pack
    Flash-ready indicator lights
    Flash duration of 1/980 to 1/30,820 second depending on output setting
    AF-assist light, modeling illuminator, monitor pre-flashes, and test firing settings
    Automatic color filter detection for adjusting the camera's color temperature settings
    Firmware can be updated through camera
    UPC: 018208048151
  • Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender

    The Visual Echos FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender will help to increase the reach of the flash, and increases the flash output by about 2 to 3 f/stops. It focuses and concentrates the output of the flash into a narrow beam via the Fresnel screen that gets positioned in front of the flash. This allows shooting at greater distances and shooting with smaller apertures.

    The Better Beamer is designed to be used with lenses 300mm and longer. Its rugged injection-molded plastic side supports are attached to the flash head by a sturdy elastic "hook-and-loop" band. The rigid supports hold the Fresnel screen in place in both horizontal and vertical formats. Just weighs 2.5 oz.

    The FX6 version is designed to fit the Nikon SB-5000 AF, SB-910 AF, SB-900 AF Speedlights and the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT, without any need for use of additional "shims."

    Excellent for wildlife and birding photography, where long-distance fill-flash is often required, especially with a bright sunlight background. The use of fill flash opens up the shadows without the appearance that a flash was used.
    When used with TTL flash metering, exposure is automatically set by the camera and flash, and no special compensation is required.
    Reduces the drain on battery power by two-thirds.
In the Box
  • Slip-On Front Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • 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
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens
      Focal Length 500mm
      Aperture Maximum: f/4
      Minimum: f/22
      Camera Mount Type Nikon F
      Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
      Angle of View
      Minimum Focus Distance 11.81' / 3.6 m
      Magnification 0.14x
      Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.14
      Optical Design 16 Elements in 12 Groups
      Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
      Image Stabilization Yes
      Autofocus Yes
      Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
      Filter Thread Drop-In: 40.5 mm
      Dimensions (DxL) 5.51 x 15.24" / 140 x 387 mm
      Weight 6.81 lb / 3.09 kg
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.2 x 16.2 x 13.5"
    • Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)
      Load Capacity 55.12 lb / 25 kg
      Maximum Working Height 57.5" / 146 cm
      Minimum Working Height 3.5" / 9 cm
      Folded Length 22.44" / 57 cm
      Head Mount Type 3/8"-16 Screw
      Weight 4.48 lb / 2.03 kg
      Materials Carbon Fiber
      Bubble Level Yes
      Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
      Leg Positions 3 Positions
      Leg Sections 4
      Leg Diameter 1.30" / 32.9 mm
      Feet Features Removable
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.0 x 7.5 x 6.7"
    • Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base
      Head Type Gimbal Head
      Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
      Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
      Number of Bubble Levels None
      Friction Control Yes
      Dimensions H: 9.2 x W: 3.5 x L: 9.7" / H: 23.5 x W: 8.9 x L: 24.7 cm
      Weight 3.1 lb / 1.4 kg
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.3 x 10.4 x 3.6"
    • Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight
      Mount Shoe
      Guide No. 113.19'  / 34.5 m ISO 100 at 35 mm Position
      180.45'  / 55 m ISO 100 at 200 mm Position
      Exposure Control Manual, i-TTL
      Angle of Coverage 84° - 12°
      Wide-Angle Adapter: 114° - 84°
      Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/256
      Bounce Head -7 to +90°
      Swivel Head 360°
      Coverage 14 - 200 mm (Full Frame)
      Zoom Head Full Frame: 24 - 200 mm
      Off-Camera Terminal PC
      Recycle Time Approximately 1.8 - 2.6 Seconds
      Flash Duration 1/980 - 1/30820 sec
      Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
      Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
      Wireless Operation Method: RF
      Distance: Up to 98.43' / 30 m
      Mode: Commander, Slave
      Method: Optical Pulse
      Distance: Up to 32.81' / 10 m
      Mode: Commander, Slave
      Wireless Communication Channels 4 Channels
      Wireless Groups 6 Groups
      Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
      Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.9 x 5.4 x 4.1" / 73.0 x 137.0 x 103.5 mm
      Weight 14.81 oz / 420 g
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.5 x 4.6 x 4.6"
    • Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender
      Modifier Type Flash Extender
      Attachment Method Strap
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 4.0 x 2.0"

    Nikon 500mm f/4.0 reviews

    AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 16.
    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 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 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 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 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 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
    • y_2018, m_12, d_4, h_18
    • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.9
    • cp_1, bvpage1
    • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_16
    • loc_en_US, sid_1166858, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=RELEVANCE, direction=DESCENDING)]
    • clientName_bhphotovideo
    Be the first to review this item

    Nikon 500mm f/4.0 Q&A

    Nikon 500mm f/4.0 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Nikon D3300
    • Nikon D3400
    • 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
    See any errors on this page? Let us know.