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  • Nikon 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR AF-S Lens
  • Nikon 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR AF-S Lens
  • Nikon 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR AF-S Lens

Nikon 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR AF-S Lens

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The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is a high-performance, FX format, super-telephoto lens that supports a 500 mm focal length. Adoption of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element has significantly reduced the size and weight of the lens, making hand-held super-telephoto photography easy and enjoyable.

Key Features:

  • Significantly smaller and lighter with the adoption of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element
  • Designed with consideration to a dust and drip-resistant structure, and adoption of Nikon's fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease, and dirt
  • Cutting-edge optics with which one PF lens element and three ED glass elements have been adopted for extremely sharp and detailed rendering that is compatible with high pixel-count digital cameras
  • Optical performance that is in no way sacrificed when the TC-14E III AF-S teleconverter is used
  • Materials used in the new PF lens element effectively control PF (diffraction) flare
  • The effective ghost and flare suppression achieved through the use of Nano Crystal Coat enables clear images
  • AF speed increased by making lens elements in the focusing group lighter

Robust and agile

Aerial views of the rally stage. Raptors in flight. Shoot stills and video in remote or challenging situations, without worrying about your lens.

Crisp clarity

Wildlife at sunset. Subjects under harsh streetlights. Benefit from edge-to-edge sharpness, and minimal light fall-off and flare, even when shooting wide open or in backlit situations.

High-speed autofocus

This lens responds swiftly and precisely when your subject moves. An electromagnetic diaphragm delivers precise exposures at high frame rates.

Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocus performance. Advanced AF tracking keeps pace with fast-moving subjects—even when they’re moving erratically, at random speeds, or approaching the camera quickly. The electromagnetic diaphragm ensures fast automatic exposure control, and maximum accuracy. The two-position focus-limit switch (FULL and ∞–5 m) offers additional control over subject-acquisition speed.

 

Smooth focus control

A fox’s burrow. A bend in the racetrack. Easily fine-tune focusing—adapt to the moment with breathtaking precision.

Focus functions inherited from Nikon’s professional lenses offer superb control. A/M and M/A focus mode switches let you switch from autofocus to manual focus simply by turning the focus ring. The focus ring boasts a knurled covering that enables a firm grip. And the Memory Recall function lets you store a focus distance for repeated use. Perfect when you want to focus on a bird’s favourite hunting perch.

 

Focal length

500 mm

Maximum aperture

f/5.6

Minimum aperture

f/32

Lens construction

19 elements in 11 groups (including 3 ED lens elements, 1 PF (phase Fresnel) lens element, lens elements with Nano-Crystal coatings, and a fluorine-coated front lens element)

Angle of view

Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras: 5°, Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 3° 10'

Minimum focus distance

3.0 m (9.8 ft) from focal plane

Vibration reduction

Yes

No. of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded diaphragm opening)

Filter attachment size

95 mm (P = 1.0 mm)

Diameter x length (extension from lens mount)

Approx. 106 mm maximum diameter x 237 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)

Weight

Approx. 1460 g (3 lb 3.5 oz)

Supplied accessories

LC-95 95 mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HB-84 Bayonet Hood, CL-M5 Lens Case