Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens

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  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 to f/32
  • One Phase Fresnel Element
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion 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
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Nikon 500mm f/5.6 overview

  • 1Description

Contrary to popular belief, a super telephoto does not have to be a massive lens, proven here with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR. Taking exceptionally long reach and giving it a hand-holdable form factor, this 500mm prime utilizes a unique Phase Fresnel element to greatly reduce the size and weight compared to previous versions of the focal length. This PF element, along with three extra-low dispersion elements, also helps to virtually eliminate color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve a high degree of clarity, sharpness, and color fidelity. Complementing this advanced optical design, individual elements also feature both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings to suppress flare and ghosting, as well as a protective fluorine coating to guard the optical system from dust and moisture.

Benefitting the optical design, this telephoto features a Silent Wave Motor AF system that produces fast, near-silent focusing performance to suit both stills shooting and movie recording, and which can instantly be manually overridden by simply turning the 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 for sharper handheld shooting. 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.
One Phase Fresnel element and three extra-low dispersion lens elements work to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing; 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 four 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 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.
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 Z7/Z6 with FTZ, 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: 018208200825
In the Box
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens
  • 95mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-84 Lens Hood
  • CL-M5 Lens Case
  • Tripod Collar
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Warranty Extension with Online Registration
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    • 1Description

    Nikon 500mm f/5.6 specs

    Focal Length 500mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/5.6
    Minimum: f/32
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Angle of View
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84' / 3 m
    Magnification 0.18x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5.5
    Optical Design 19 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
    Filter Thread Front: 95 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 4.17 x 9.33" / 106 x 237 mm
    Weight 3.21 lb / 1460 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.3 x 5.3 x 2.6"

    Nikon 500mm f/5.6 reviews

    AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from super light lens with great optics Thanks to B&H and NPS I got this lens about 2 months ago.  This lens is *tiny* and weighs as much as a tooth pick. pixel level sharpness is as good as my 600mm f/4 E FL. It even performs well with TC14-EIII. The AF is snappy with and without TC on my D5. A bit slower on my D850 but certainly fast enough for such subjects as BIF.  VR is great too, if you have the skills and competence you can get 90% tack sharp images with this lens down to 1/50 sec hand held. sample photo made with the D850 and TC14E-III ISO 800 1/3200sec f/8 hand held.  I recommend this lens without any reservation, there is really nothing else in this class to compare it to anyway.
    Date published: 2018-11-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens for birding I had this lens for about a week and tried it with my D850, D500 and TC14. I am not a professional tester nor photographer, just a enthusiastic wildlife photographer. I do not own the Nikon 500 nor 600 f4 lens. My main tele is Sigma 150-600 Sports which I consider quite sharp but slow AF for BIF. This new 500mm is definitely faster in AF and sharper than the Sigma. My first try with the TC was a big disappointment. It hunted a lot on an overcast day. I tried again in my backyard on a sunny day and the hunting was acceptable. I tried in the field again and am convinced that a bright sunny day is a must for using the TC. The weight is a dream come true. The lens is a winner in my book.
    Date published: 2018-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens Light weight, short, easy carry. The lens is very sharp, quick to focus, and the VR works very well. The only downside is that it is f5.6. I like to photograph wildlife, primarily birds, and this is a great walk around lens if you have decent light. The RRS replacement foot for the Nikon 200-500mm fits perfect.
    Date published: 2018-10-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly light and rapid focus No one lens will do everything. However, if you are looking for a super compact and light long telephoto, definitely consider this lens. The lightness of this lens makes it much easier to take on trips and hikes as well as to handhold for birds in flight. And if there is enough light (which is often in California), the 1.4TC works perfectly on this lens, even allowing its use for birds in flight. I do wish Nikon would make a foot with the Arca rapid release grooves and have worried about knocking the switch that controls the release of the foot from the collar (haven't decided whether to spend the money to replace this collar or not). Definitely worth considering as a lightweight alternative to the 500mm f/4 of 600mm f/4.
    Date published: 2018-10-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to hand hold and sharp lens I received my Nikon 500mm f5.6 on Sept 19, 2018 and tried it out in my backyard taking pictures of passion flowers with bumble bees landing and searching for pollen. I used both my D 810 and my D 500 set in Aperture priority, AF-C, AF to S or D9 or D25. Lens aperture was set to f5.6 or wide open. Light conditions were bright and AF acquisition was fast. I was using it on a tripod and ballhead, loose setting, so I could compose as needed. I had VR set to off (my preference.) Based on the images, this lens should be a big seller for Nikon. I can see it being used for everything from butterflies to birds to landscapes. The tripod collar mount is fixed to the lens and cannot be replaced. The lens foot attached to the tripod collar mount has two screw holes for lens plates and is about 2.5 inches long. It can be detached or replaced with a third party lens foot if one is needed. To mount the lens on a tripod head with arca swiss fittings, you need to add a arca swiss lens plate to the lens foot. Get one that is at least 3.5 inches long (or longer) depending on your tripod head and intended use of the lens. The lens was well balanced on my ballhead.
    Date published: 2018-09-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best lens for D500, D810, D850 and D7200 that I have I love the images from this lens on all my cameras, easy to hand hold and the IQ is every bit as good as the Nikon 500mm F4.
    Date published: 2018-11-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very small, very light and very bad VR I thought this would be my wildlife dream lens. I currently shoot with a D850 and Nikkor 200-500, which is an excellent combo, but it's heavy. The 500PF is very compact and light, such a joy to carry. I did some minimal testing, and the sharpness is good, but I don't think it's sharper than my copy of the 200-500. To be fair, I'll call it a tie. The AF seemed faster, so no issues there. The tripod foot is pretty small and thin, and not comfortable if you try to use it as a handle. The bad news is, it appears to suffer from the same VR problem that many people experienced with the 300PF. At certain shutter speeds, the VR is terrible. Shooting at 1/80, 1/100, and 1/125 is not fun. As the shutter speed goes lower or higher, results get better, but there is a definite danger zone to avoid. Unfortunately, I shoot my 200-500 at 1/80 often, and it nails shot after shot. I don't know why these PF lenses have this VR anomaly, but Nikon needs to fix it. This is totally unacceptable for a $3600 lens. Don't get me wrong, the VR will help you get sharp shots at these speeds sometimes, just be prepared to fire off ten in a row. To sum up, it seems like a very good lens IF you don't need VR at specific shutter speeds. The VR can't hold a candle to that of the 200-500. Also, from what I've seen, difference in sharpness between the 200-500 and 500PF is negligible. My opinion is, we're paying almost 3 times the price for a lens that shaves off 2 pounds and has faster AF (but still not super fast). Whether that's worth it to you is the decision you'll have to make. Here is an example of a poor shot at 1/100 with VR ON. Some turned out much blurrier than this.
    Date published: 2018-09-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game changer Small and lightweight with fantastic image quality and functionality (e.g., VR). This lens will replace my Nikon 800mm f/5.6 for many wildlife situations.
    Date published: 2018-09-20
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    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
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