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


When photographing birds, wildlife, sports or action, mobility can make the difference between nailing the shot or missing it altogether. The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is a fraction of the size of most full-frame 500mm lenses, freeing you to be as nimble as your subjects.

Product Description

Travel Light

Nikon’s smallest, lightest full-frame 500mm prime lens ever*—approx. 9.3 inches long and 3.2 lbs.

*Among lenses that are not a Catadioptric design (Mirror-Reflex type)


Bring the World in Reach

Powerful 500mm focal length (750mm equivalent on DX-format) brings the shots that matter in reach.


Shoot in the Moment

Handheld vibrations are tamed by VR image stabilization equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops faster.


Proprietary Phase Fresnel Technology

For nearly two centuries, Fresnel lenses were used in lighthouses to project a strong beam of light. By harnessing the idea in reverse—for gathering light instead of projecting it—Nikon engineers can create lenses that are shorter and lighter, with the same image quality and zoom power of much larger lenses.


Outstanding Image Quality

When combined with Nikon’s Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and other NIKKOR glass elements, the Phase Fresnel element produces high resolution, high contrast images with beautiful background blur.


Fast Autofocus

Lighter, more compact optics don’t just benefit your mobility—a lighter focus lens group allows the autofocus system to focus faster, too. With the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) is able to operate at peak performance for fast, quiet autofocus.


Use with Your Nikon DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is also compatible with the new Nikon Z mirrorless camera bodies. To attach it, all you need is the Mount Adapter FTZ and you’re good to go with no loss of image quality. Auto Exposure (AE), autofocus (AF), and in-body VR (Vibration Reduction image stabilization) seamlessly work.


Ready for the Field

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is extensively weather-sealed and includes a protective front meniscus with Nikon’s Fluorine Coating (FLC), which repels water droplets, dust and grime and easily wipes clean.


More Reach When You Need It

When shooting with a DX format DSLR or a full-frame DSLR in DX-Crop Mode, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR produces a whopping 750mm equivalent angle of view. Add the optional AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III for 1.4x more reach with only 1-stop loss of light and maintain autofocus.


Consistent, Even Exposures

Nikon’s Electromagnetic diaphragm (E) mechanism produces extremely consistent exposures, especially during high-speed shooting…shot after shot after shot.


Near-silent AF with Seamless Manual Override

The Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) powers extremely fast, accurate and quiet autofocus. When manual adjustments are needed, just spin the smooth focus ring.


Stable Continuous Shooting

When shooting sports or action, select SPORTS MODE VR for a specialized type of image stabilization that produces a more stable viewfinder image during high-speed continuous shooting and panning.


Internal Focusing

All focusing movements occur within the lens barrel, so the physical length of the lens never changes. You can also focus as close as 9.8 feet with a 0.18x reproduction ratio from your subject to reveal the finest details.


Focus Recall

When you can predict where action might occur—say, a basketball hoop, or the corner of the racetrack—save the focus position and then quickly recall it with the press of a button on the lens.

Mount Type: Nikon F-Bayonet

Focal Length: 500mm

Maximum Aperture: f/ 5.6

Minimum Aperture: f/ 32

Format: FX/35mm

Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 3°10′

Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 5°00′

Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.18x

Lens Elements: 19

Lens Groups: 11

Compatible Format(s): FX, DX

VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: Yes

Diaphragm Blades: 9

Distance Information: Yes

Nano Crystal Coat: Yes

ED Glass Elements: 3

Phase Fresnel: 1

Fluorine Coat: Yes

Super Integrated Coating: Yes

Autofocus: Yes

AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): Yes

Internal Focusing: Yes

Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8 ft. (3.0 m) from focal plane

Focus Mode: Auto, Manual, Manual/Auto

E-type: Yes

Filter Size: 95mm

Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on

Compatible with Nikon AF-S Teleconverters: Yes (refer to the product manual for details)

Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 4.2 in. (106 mm) x 9.3 in. (237 mm)

Approx. Weight: 51.2 oz. (1460 g)