Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens

Model #20053

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Weight 6.81 lb (3.09 kg)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 5.51 x 15.24" (140 x 387 mm)
Filter Thread Drop-in:40.5 mm


Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance 11.9' (3.63 m)
Magnification 0.14x
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Diaphragm Blades 9
Elements/Groups 16/12
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/22
Focal Length 500mm


Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
Photography blog.34420874
15 September 2015

The 500mm f/4E has a tough act to follow in the existing 500mm f/4G, as this optic already produces stellar image quality. Nikon has therefore tweaked the design for slightly faster autofocussing, better handling and enhanced VR.

User Reviews
29 July 2015

I've used a Nikon 500mm f/4G extensively for the last three years. Sold it and took delivery a few days ago of the new E version of the lens. Initial impressions.Things I like:1) The reduction in weight is noticeable and important.

22 November 2012

Purchased this lens at a local camera store and am extremely pleased. Advantages of the the 500 mm f4 E FL lens (relative to f4 G series): 1) lighter in weight and more balanced - much easier to hand hold and use 2) new rotating collar is extremely smooth and easy to adjust (use of ball bearings was...

1 August 2017

I sold my Nikon 500mm f4.0g vr II lens and bought the Nikon 500 f4.0e FL ED VR lens. It a little heavier than my Nikon 300 f2.8g vrII lens but actually balances better due to the lighter front elements.

19 July 2017

The saying that you get what you pay for in glass is certainly true in this case. The bonus is the reduced weight.. The attached photos were taken hand held using an old wood 'Scope-Stock' and TC14E3 1.4 tele-converter. I mounted an Arca type clamp made by Hejnar Photo to the stock.

6 September 2016

I have used this lens with the D810A, D750, and more recently, the D500. I am getting amazing results when shooting wildlife and nature photos, especially when paired with the D500. The VR feature is superb.

21 November 2015

The reduction of weight and change or front-back weight balance makes this a very, very attractive lens to take the place of my current Nikon 600mm f4. I used it hand held with and without a 1.4x teleconverter and a monopod. The monopod was a piece of cake--it almost felt like the Nikon 300mm f 2.8.

18 November 2012

Great lense... surprised I could even hand hold it and still get shots in focus ...VR works well!

Product Highlights
  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Two Fluorite and Three ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Fluorine Coated Front Lens Element
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction, Sport/Tripod Modes
  • Internal Focus, Manual Focus Override
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Detachable, Rotatable Monopod Collar
In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens
  • Slip-On Front Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HK-34 Lens Hood
  • NC 40.5mm Neutral Color Filter
  • Slip-In Filter Holder
  • LN-2 Lens Strap for NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
  • CT-505 Case
  • Monopod Collar
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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