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Nikon 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Prime Lens

Take your super-telephoto photography to new levels and capture wildlife and sports photography like never before. This zoom lens hits a sweet spot of the focal length range and achieves a minimum focus distance of just 0.3 m across the zoom range.

Take your super-telephoto shooting experience to the next level with the high-performance AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, that is primed to deliver superior optical precision. Whether you’re into sports or wildlife photography, this remarkably compact and lightweight FX-format lens will deliver high-level precision and accuracy by incorporating the latest in NIKKOR technology, including Phase Fresnel lens design, Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, and Nano Crystal Coat. For the ultimate agility, the AF-S Nikon 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens also features an electromagnetic aperture mechanism that allows for stable exposure control and a fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water, grease and dirt as well as an improved effective Vibration Reduction (VR) with Sport Mode. Superior mobile handheld shooting is now in the palm of your hands.


  • Significantly smaller and lighter with the adoption of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element, making 500 mm hand-held super-telephoto photography easier and more enjoyable.
  • Designed with consideration to dust- and drip-resistance; fluorine coat applied to the front lens surface, effectively repelling water droplets, grease, and dirt.
  • Adoption of one PF lens element and three ED glass elements for extremely sharp and detailed rendering, compatible with high pixel-count digital cameras.
  • Optical performance that is not compromised with the use of the TC-14E III AF-S teleconverter.
  • Materials used in the new PF lens element effectively control PF (diffraction) flare.
  • Ghost and flare effectively suppressed with the adoption of the Nano Crystal Coat, enabling clear images.
  • AF speed increased by making lens elements in the focusing group lighter.
  • Equipped with a VR mechanism that offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop* increase in shutter speed, in two modes: NORMAL and SPORT.
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism adopted for extremely precise aperture control.


The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR employs the Phase Fresnel optical design which consists of a series of concentric circles engraved on it, with these circles each focusing a different spectrum and direction of light. This minimises the number of lens elements needed and results in a substantially lighter, more compact lens with outstanding optical performance and minimal chromatic aberration – excellent for capturing all the action. Weighing approximately 1,460g and at a length of 237mm, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR brings you true agility.


The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is constructed to provide high-resolution, high-contrast images with innovations like the ED glass that provide results in stunning sharpness and contrast by further minimising chromatic aberration. This works in conjunction with Nano Crystal Coat, which features nano-sized crystal particles that effectively reduces flares and ghosting, giving you an extra edge of reliability. Engineered with the harshest of shooting environments in mind, a fluorine coat is also applied to effectively repel dust, water droplets, grease and dirt, and provides a superb anti-reflection effect, ensuring the capture of crisp and clear images.


In the lighter lens group, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR incorporates an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism and a Silent Wave Motor to allow you to track fast-moving subjects going at unpredictable speeds. With sharp and uncompromising AF precision, you will never miss your moment. To further minimise unintentional image blur, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR features an upgraded Vibration Reduction (VR) system that provides an effect equivalent to a shutter speed of 4.0 stops1 faster in NORMAL mode. The state-of-the-art VR SPORT mode is also incorporated to provide improved viewfinder stability when capturing all the fast-paced action.


With all the latest NIKKOR technology, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is not only lighter but is also designed to let you photograph all the action while you’re on-the-go, even when you don’t have a tripod or monopod. Engineered to capture all the finer details, it will soon become your new companion on all your photographic adventures.


Focal Length
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Barrel Type
Magnesium Alloy
Camera Mount
F mount Type E AF-S lens with built-in CPU
Full Time Manual Focus
Minimum Focus Distance
3.0 m from focal plane
Internal Focus
Internal Zoom
Fixed Focal Length Design
Image Stabilisation
Filter Thread
95 mm
1460 g
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