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

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

This is a prime lens manufactured by Nikon and the model was launched 2015.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto prime lenses, a telephoto lens where you do not have the possibility to zoom in and out.

Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

This lens is constructed to fit all models of Nikon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.

The ability to use autofocus is available for all cameras.

The lens has a focal length of 500 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/4.

The lens is to considered fairly bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues. Lenses with good aperture values and longer focal lengths, such as this lens, tend to be popular amongs sports and nature photographers.

Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.

Filter and Lens Hood

If you want to use filters on this lens the slot-in filters  (40,5 mm) would be the ones to use, which is very common at these larger telephoto lenses.

If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "HK-34".

Tripod Mount

This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.

Different versions of the lens

This lens has replaced several earlier versions and this lens is currently the newest version but please compare it with the earlier versions before you buy it.

Pictures (product and sample images)

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Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • Has a built-in image stabilizer
  • Long focal length with its 500 mm
  • Works on all sensor types
  • Has a built-in autofocus motor
  • A lens hood is included
  • A tripod mount is included
  • The lens is sealed against dust and moisture
  • The lens is the latest among several editions
  • Heavy (3090 gr)
  • The price (more info)

Specification

Product Name:Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 E FL ED VR (See dictionary)
Release date: 2015
Manufacturer:Nikon
Type of lens: Telephoto Lens
Construction: Prime lens (no possibility to zoom)
Works with cameras from: Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:  No Macro lens
Compatibility: Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/4
Focal Length 500 mm

Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  • 500 mm on Nikon FX, Full frame
  • 750 mm on Nikon DX, APS-C
See list, camera for camera

Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 16 elements / 12 groups
Image Stabilizer: Yes, VR
Closest Focusing Distance: 360 cm
Filter: Drop-in Filter, 40,5 mm
Lens Hood: HK-34 (included)
Tripod mount: Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing: Yes
Dimensions (diameter x length): 140 x 387 mm
Weight: 3090 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD) 10299 USD
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Other Supplied accessories
Slip-on front lens cap
LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
HK-34 Lens Hood
40.5 mm screw-in NC filter
CT-505 Lens Case
LN-2 Strap
Monopod collar

Product Page (Nikon):

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Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Different versions of this lens

Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 E FL ED VR has released different versions of this lens. Please make sure that you study the differences before buying.

(2001) Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 D IF-ED II
(2007) Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 G ED VR
(2015) Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 E FL ED VR

Alternatives to Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 E FL ED VR for Nikon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 E FL ED VR. Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 E FL ED VR
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S 600mm f/4 G ED VR

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