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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR Full-Frame Lens (2018)

MSRP 3600 USDNeoscore 50%NEX score 75%

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Product Overview

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR is a super telephoto prime lens for Nikon F-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Nikon in 2018, it has 19 elements in 11 groups. Compared to the f/4 version, it trades 1 stop of light for a much lower, albeit still high, price point.
For incremental weathers, Nikon is kind enough to include weather sealing.
As a super telephoto prime lens, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR is a specialty instrument best suited for professional sports and wild-life photographers. Built-in image stabilization is almost a must-have at this focal range, and this lens does not disappoint on this front. Owners will also like the available tripod collar.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 50% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Optically stabilized
  • Weather-sealed
  • Comes with a tripod collar
  • Great optical performance
  • Solid build
Cons
  • Dark maximum aperture
  • Large physical size with large diameter and long barrel
  • On the heavy side

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good image stabilization
  • High quality metal/plastic construction
  • Weather sealed metal lens-mount
Cons
  • Slow focus-turning
  • No zoom lock at 200mm
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Super Telephoto Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Tripod collar
Lens Mount
Nikon F-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Motor
Ring-type ultrasonic
Optical Formula | Elements
19 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
11 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 PF + 3 ED elements, Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
95 mm / 3.74 in
Size | Diameter
106 mm / 4.17 in
Size | Length
237 mm / 9.33 in
Weight
1460 g / 51.59 oz

Function

Angle Of View
5.0° Diagonal | 4.1° Horizontal | 2.7° Vertical
Aperture
f/5.6 ~ f/32
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
500 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
Yes (4 stops)
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.18x
Min Focus Distance
3000 mm / 118.11 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2018-06-14

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External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
From Nikon there’s the AF-S 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VRii. At 500mm focal length the lens focuses in around 1 sec from infinity to 5m, which is slow. One reason is that the lens starts searching in the wrong direction (beyond infinity) before turning around.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High quality metal/plastic construction
  • Good image stabilization
  • Weather sealed metal lens-mount
Cons
  • Slow focus-turning
  • No zoom lock at 200mm

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nikon 200-500mm f5.6E VR review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/nikon-nikkor-af-s-200-500mm-f5-6e-ed-vr-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-25.

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