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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4 FL ED VR Telephoto Lens

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Redefine your super-telephoto shooting experience with the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR, the world’s lightest*1 500mm*2 f/4 FX-format compatible lens that is primed to deliver optimum optical precision. The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR incorporates the latest NIKKOR technology such as two fluorite lens and Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements with Nano Crystal Coating. It also features an electromagnetic aperture mechanism that allows for stable exposure control, and a fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water, grease and dirt. A Vibration Reduction (VR) system that provides an effect equivalent to a shutter speed of 4.0 stops*3 faster is seamlessly integrated to enable crisper imagery and videos, ensuring that the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR always delivers the perfect shot to cater to your professional telephoto demands.


Lighter and stronger than ever

Employing the latest in NIKKOR technology, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR is crafted with two fluorite lens elements combined with magnesium alloy in the lens barrel, allowing for superior durability and significant weight reduction resulting in the world’s lightest*1 500mm*2 f/4 super-telephoto lens at approximately 3090g. This significantly lighter body is built to provide the familiar optical perfection you’re accustomed to, while having to carry less as your exploits take you further around the world.


State-of-the-art optics

A Nano Crystal Coat, which features nano-sized crystal particles that effectively reduces flares and ghosting, works in tandem with two fluorite lens elements and Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements. These refined optics are designed to improve lens light flow and minimise chromatic aberration for impeccable sharpness and enhanced colour correction, all of which saves you time and effort by reducing the hassle of unnecessary post-processing corrections.


Faster and sharper than ever

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR boasts a Vibration Reduction (VR) system that delivers an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops*3 faster in NORMAL mode. In SPORT mode, the VR system is ideal for capturing high-speed subjects, which provides improved viewfinder stability and enhanced blur-reduction capabilities, ensuring sharper, faster and more precise telephoto images in any situation.


Eyes on the prize

Never lose track of your subject, even during high-speed continuous shooting, with remarkable autofocus (AF) tracking and stable auto-exposure (AE) control through the adoption of an electromagnetic aperture mechanism. This mechanism comprises of an aperture blade unit with drive mechanism that is controlled via electric signals from the camera body, allowing for improved long-distance accuracy during high-speed continuous shooting of fast and erratic moving subjects.


Always on the go

Engineered with the harshest of shooting environments in mind, a fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease or dirt for easy cleaning is applied to the lens front. Experience improved durability with the inclusion of a tripod collar ring with bearings, that also facilitates faster and smoother switching between horizontal and vertical orientations, ensuring ease of use and improved opportunities for framing and composition.

    • Type

    • Fmount, Type E AF-S lens with built-in CPU

    • Focal length

    • 500mm

    • Maximum aperture

    • f/4

    • Minimum aperture

    • f/22

    • Lens construction

    • 16elements in, 12groups, (including 3 ED lens elements, 2 fluorite elements, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal coatings) and 1 protective glass element (with fluorine coating)

    • Angle of view

    • Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras: 5{deg} 00{min}, Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 3{deg} 10{min}

    • Minimum focus distance

    • 3.6m (11.9ft), from focal plane

    • VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization

    • Yes

    • No. of diaphragm blades

    • 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)

    • Coating

    • Nano Crystal Coat, Fluorine coat

    • Diaphragm

    • Automatic electronic aperture control

    • Metering

    • Full aperture

    • Filter-attachment size

    • 40.5mm

    • Dimensions

    • Approx. 140 mm maximum diameter x 387 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)

    • Weight

    • Approx.3090g, (6 lb 13 oz)

    • Autofocus

    • Yes

    • AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)

    • Yes

    • Internal focusing

    • Yes

    • Focus mode

    • Manual, Manual/Auto, Auto/Manual

    • Focus limit switch

    • Two positions: FULL ({inf} to 3.6 m) and {inf} to 8 m

    • Focus distance indicator

    • Yes

    • Supplied accessories

    • Slip-on Front Lens Cap, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Lens Hood HK-34, Slip-in Filter Holder, 40.5 mm Screw-in NC Filter, Strap LN-2, Lens Case CT-505, Monopod Collar

    • G-type

    • Yes

  • 1. Nikon reserves the right to change the specifications of the hardware described in these specifications at any time and without prior notice.


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