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

Model #20082

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Specifications

Physical

Weight 3.21 lb / 1460 g
Dimensions (DxL) 4.17 x 9.33" / 106 x 237 mm
Filter Thread Front: 95 mm

Performance

Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84' / 3 m
Magnification 0.18x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5.5
Optical Design 19 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Focal Length 500mm
Aperture Maximum: f/5.6Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F

Packaging Info

Package Weight 4.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.3 x 5.3 x 2.6"

Features

Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.34972991
26 May 2016
7.0/10

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is a long telezoom lens that nets sharp results, but there are better values available.

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    Sharp optics. Long telephoto reach. Fixed f/5.6 maximum aperture. Optical stabilization. Includes removable tripod collar.

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    Competing lenses zoom further. Edges soft at 200mm. Not compatible with some older D-SLRs.

What digital camera.32818507
1 July 2016

I must admit, I was a bit sceptical about this lens when I first heard about it, thinking there must have been one compromise too many to keep the lens at a competitive price point, but have to say I’ve been very pleasantly surprised.

Photodo.33034400
22 January 2016

The AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 E ED lens is an FX format powerful telephoto zoom, ideally aimed at sports and wildlife photographers. It has a constant but modest f/5.6 maximum aperture, which enables a fairly compact design for its focal length.

Roberts camera.34955828
30 January 2016

Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass cuts through the glare of bright sunlight. Silent Wave Motor (SWM) powers ultra-fast, near-silent autofocusing with seamless manual override. The Electromagnetic diaphragm (E) operates in sync with the fastest shutter speeds and frame rates, even when using an...

Ken rockwell.34354950
16 January 2016

Big microcorrugated cardboard box.

Photography blog.34969604
4 weeks ago
9.0/10

Unless you really, really need the faster f/4 aperture offered by the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR, then the new f/5.6 version is a more enticing proposition for most people - it offers the same feature-set and similarly high image quality in a much lighter, smaller, more portable package, at a...

Shutterbug.32823264
29 January 2019

Using the Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 PF with the Nikon D5, focus tracking was right on, whether the subjects was a fleeting bird or a slower moving train. Overall quality was what I have come to expect from Nikon: top-notch.

Lenstip com.34355424
30 October 2018

The tested Nikkor 200-500 mm is so good and its list of pros so long that for a moment I even toyed with an idea to award it our ‘Editor’s Choice’ badge. I dropped that thought because there are too many small flaws, too negligible to be listed in the cons section but significant enough to influence...

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    excellent image quality in the frame centre,, good image quality on the edge of the APS-C/DX sensor,, sensible image quality on the edge of full frame in the 200–350 mm range,, slight lateral chromatic aberration,, moderate distortion,, perfect coma correction,, negligible astigmatism,, slight...

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    problems with performance against bright light.

Practical photography.34754171
31 March 2016

Nikon’s 200-500mm f/5.6 is a highly competitive optic that should give users a well-built and reliable alternative to third-party super-telephotos. Like its rivals, it’s at its weakest when at its longest, but with excellent sharpness at 200mm, a constant aperture, and an impressive VR system,...

Shutterbug.32823264
21 March 2016

My impression is that the Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens has very little distortion and not much falloff. The only tease I got was when I zoomed out to 500mm shooting at a nondescript background; there was some indication in the corners, even when varying the f/stops. That’s it.

User Reviews
Crutchfield.32829990
16 April 2017
10/10

I sold a bunch of stuff to purchase this lens. I have had it for 1 1/2 years. I love it. When I got it people who didn't own it said don't zoom out to 500. Keep it at 450 or less and always have it at F8. Just assuming it would not be sharp if you didn't do this.

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    Sharp. Well built. Great for wildlife. Affordable.

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    None.

Nikon.33656001
6 October 2017
10/10

I have used this lens now for three months. I tried lots of other super telephotos. This was the highest rated. I have owned a fortune in lens and for that matter cameras. This lens though is so incredibly good it is hard to believe. I have owned lens that cost many times what this one does.

Amazon.32817384
27 September 2018
10/10

I was a little nervous about purchasing this lens because I have a Nikon D3400 and I had a difficult time finding any reviews from people with the same camera but I am definitely happy with the purchase!

Imaging resource.34355410
3 March 2016
9.0/10

Love the lens. I have used it for wildlife and birds and find it works well with my D800. It can easily be hand held in daylight but I prefer a monopod. The VR snaps everything in to place - surprised me the first time I used it.

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    Sharp, fantastic VR, relatively inexpensive.

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    Long, gets heavy after a while.

John lewis.34996235
6 days ago
10/10

This lens exceeded my expectations in image stabilisation and sharpness. I use it on a D750 & a D3s. the stabilisation is fantastic. better than any of the lens I currently own. it is not heavy for a lens of this type. the only negatives are. A proper lens case is not supplied only a dust pouch.

B h photo.34921152
7 days ago
6.0/10

Finding this lens to be relatively sharp out to 425mm but as it reaches out to 500mm- not so sharp. Tried in camera lens fine tune but doesnt seem to help. Still over all not a bad value for money - just a little disappointed on the long end.

B h photo.34921152
3 weeks ago
10/10

Well worth the price. Great value on a super zoom Nikkor. The lens is sharp. Beware though the lens is big and heavy, but with the VR can still be hand held. But after about an hour I was ready for a tripod! A minor consideration for such a great lens.

B h photo.34921152
3 weeks ago
10/10

It is fast, sharp and a pleasure to use. Hand holdable for short periods of time, Would recommend this to all my friends. A++

B h photo.34921152
4 weeks ago
10/10

Exactly what I expected from a Nikkor lens. I made the mistake of buying a Sigma 150 to 600, and even after lots of study and practice to get it as sharp as it could be. it was still unacceptable. The Nikkor 200-500 is sharp right out of the box even at maximum aperture.

B h photo.34921152
4 weeks ago
10/10

Was tired of not having Decent auto focus...not mamby pamby auto focus but GREAT auto focus...the 200-500...delivers - and it is sharp.

Product Highlights
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 to f/32
  • One Phase Fresnel Element
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Fluorine-Coated Front Lens Element
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction, Sport/Tripod Modes
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
8.7/10
Average Expert Score
9.5/10
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens
  • 95mm Snap-On Lens Cap cfwbetacutrqsyyusrvevydq
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-84 Lens Hood cfwbetacutrqsyyusrvevydq
  • CL-M5 Lens Case
  • Tripod Collar
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Warranty Extension with Online Registration
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