When it comes down to photographing wildlife, birds, even sports; speed and mobility is of the utmost importance and can be the difference between a missed opportunity and a stellar shot. So who would have ever thought that “lightweight” and “super-telephoto lens” could be in the same sentence? Well, that day has arrived in the shape of the new, ultra compact Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR lens. At a fraction of the size of most full-frame 500mm lenses, this lens boasts a durable construction with advanced weather sealing, vibration reduction (VR) image stabilization for sharper and steadier photos and a specially designed lens element that enables a compact design and outstanding performance.


  • Proprietary Phase Fresnel technology
  • Outstanding image quality
  • Fast autofocus
  • Versatile and durable
Nikon 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR lens

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.