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

BH #NI50056E • MFR #20082
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 to f/32
  • One Phase Fresnel Element
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
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.
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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Overview

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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

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

Focal Length500mm
Maximum Aperturef/5.6
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance9.84' / 3 m
Maximum Magnification0.18x
Optical Design19 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size95 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)4.17 x 9.33" / 106 x 237 mm
Weight3.21 lb / 1460 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.73 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.6 x 6.4 x 6.3"

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

This lens is amazing

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-04

I wrote a review on this lens when I first bought it but wanted to just update my impressions. I'm using this lens with my D500 and it's amazing! I'm on a cruise ship right now and even when you are on a moving ship and trying to shoot a moving target like a pilot boat, the focus just locks right in and you get great, sharp shots.

Great hand held bird and wildlife lens! Lousy tripod foot.

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-19

Upgraded from Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 to 500mm PF for bird and wildlife photography and am really happy with the image quality improvement. Tack sharp on my D850 right from the box. Compared to the 200-500mm, it is MUCH easier to hand hold for birds in flight. VR works well. Only complaint is the lens foot clip is the worst ever conceived by man or beast. A passing breeze is enough pressure to release the quick disconnect so your body and lens crashes to the ground. Three times in one day and I ordered an aftermarket replacement. Shame on you Nikon. I thought the lens hood connection on the 200-500mm was the worst thing you ever designed, but this tripod foot connection takes the prize.

WOW

By Yogiraj
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-10

What an amazing lens. Stunningly sharp, excellent optical stabilization, fast autofocus, lightweight, compact, easy to manage and a pleasure to use. I am using this lens on a Nikon 1 camera with an FT1 adapter and all the photos attached to this review have been taken with this Nikon 500mm f/5.6 lens on the Nikon 1 camera at 1350mm focal length for a poor man's ultra telephoto setup. Fashioned up an optical viewfinder subject targeting system on the camera body with super glue since it is impossibly difficult to find a subject at 1350mm focal length let alone track it and keep it in the field of view. This lens is producing stunning results and I'm extremely happy with it. If there's anyone on the fence about purchasing this lens who cannot cough up 6500$$$ for the 800mm lens, buy the 500mm PF and use a similar setup as me on the Nikon 1 camera.

Light and Sharp

By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-07

This lens is as light as my 70-200 f/2.8E, sharper than my 200-500mm, smaller and easier to fit in my Backlight 18L pack. I can also use the Kirk foot on it that I bought for the 70-200.

Sharp Photos!!

By Raymond
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-03

I use this lens on my d500 & d850. And sometimes I use th tc 1.4iii. Photos are sharp. No complaints here.

Fabulous wildlife lens

By Cindy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-03

Last year I purchased the Nikon 300mm PF and was very pleased with the quality of my photos; however, it did not have far enough reach for birding. This year before my annual trip the coast, I purchased the Nikon 500m PF. I had no time to the test the lens before I left. Straight out of the box it took some amazing shots. Auto Focus was amazingly fast. First the first time, I shot birds in flight which were tack sharp. I was able to grab photos of shore birds across the nature preserve pond and then immediately switch to shooting dragonflies 15 feet away. As I wildlife photographer, I have much to learn but I feel very confident using this lens as I hone my skills..

Torn on 4 or 5 stars

By Doug
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-24

Up front - I am using this on an adapted Z6 II using an FTZ II. I can't comment on autofocus as a result since the Z6 II is so bad at it regardless of what lens is attached. I have had the chance to use it manually focused though and have a number of images through it at this point. The good - this lens is super light and produces very nice if not spectacular images. I can edit many of them to be saleable - so good enough. The image stabilization is also pretty good. It doesn't get me below about 1/400th handheld - but I have nerve issues so that may allow someone else to get much lower. The lens packs away into a normal camera bag (even with the FTZ attached) which puts a smile on my face having lugged around a 600 f4 G in the distant past. The bad - well... it has some weird flare if you shoot backlit subjects (which I do). But I suppose that beats weird chromatic anomalies of which I haven't really seen any. It also has limited autofocus support with a teleconverter - F8 and below (which means only F8). Nothing else bad. The indifferent (and why I am on the fence between 4 and 5 stars) - at $3,500ish dollars I have shot other lenses from other manufacturers that give me the same or better image quality for much less money. This includes zooms versus primes. Fuji's 100-400 comes to mind and it is at f/5.6 as well at a 500mm equivalent field of view (thought it can be a tad soft at that aperture). I would say the contrast and color are better on the Fuji. Again - for a lot less money. Guessing Nikon benchmarked other primes and of course this one looks like a bargain compared to some of those. The problem is I just can't decide at what price point I would see this lens as a bargain. To me - ANY $3,500 lens should produce stunning images and sometimes this one misses the mark. Shall we say 4.6 stars maybe? I definitely don't regret it and am looking forward to my Z9 arriving so I can have some trust in the autofocus system. I applaud Nikon for the PF element and am looking forward to receiving my 800mm f6.3 PF at some point in my lifetime.

Light, fast focusing and sharp

By Morris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-21

This lens is a delight for wildlife and bird photography as it is light enough not to be a Burdon while producing sharp images with lovely bokeh

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Asked by: raymond
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Date published: 2021-11-09

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Asked by: CIndy
Yes this lens is also compatible with the D7500; with the DX (crop sensor) lenses it will provide a 750mm equivalent focal length.
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Date published: 2021-08-03

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Asked by: Dennis, Sharon
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