Nikon AF-S 500 mm f5.6 PF ED VR Lens

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Take your super-telephoto shooting experience to the next level with the high-performance AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, that is primed to deliver superior optical precision. Whether you’re into sports or wildlife photography, this remarkably compact and lightweight FX-format lens will deliver high-level precision and accuracy by incorporating the latest in NIKKOR technology, including Phase Fresnel lens design, Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, and Nano Crystal Coat. For the ultimate agility, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR also features an electromagnetic aperture mechanism that allows for stable exposure control, and a fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water, grease and dirt as well as an improved effective Vibration Reduction (VR) with Sport Mode. Superior mobile handheld shooting is now in the palm of your hands.

 

FREEDOM OF FLIGHT

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR employs the Phase Fresnel optical design which consists of a series of concentric circles engraved on it, with these circles each focusing a different spectrum and direction of light. This minimises the number of lens elements needed and results in a substantially lighter, more compact lens with outstanding optical performance and minimal chromatic aberration – excellent for capturing all the action. Weighing approximately 1,460g and at a length of 237mm, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR brings you true agility.

BUILT TO ENDURE

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is constructed to provide high-resolution, high-contrast images with innovations like the ED glass that provide results in stunning sharpness and contrast by further minimising chromatic aberration. This works in conjunction with Nano Crystal Coat, which features nano-sized crystal particles that effectively reduces flares and ghosting, giving you an extra edge of reliability. Engineered with the harshest of shooting environments in mind, a fluorine coat is also applied to effectively repel dust, water droplets, grease and dirt, and provides a superb anti-reflection effect, ensuring the capture of crisp and clear images.

FLY INTO ACTION

In the lighter lens group, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR incorporates an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism and a Silent Wave Motor to allow you to track fast-moving subjects going at unpredictable speeds. With sharp and uncompromising AF precision, you will never miss your moment. To further minimise unintentional image blur, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR features an upgraded Vibration Reduction (VR) system that provides an effect equivalent to a shutter speed of 4.0 stops1 faster in NORMAL mode. The state-of-the-art VR SPORT mode is also incorporated to provide improved viewfinder stability when capturing all the fast-paced action.

A COMPACT COMPANION

With all the latest NIKKOR technology, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is not only lighter, but is also designed to let you photograph all the action while you’re on-the-go, even when you don’t have a tripod or monopod. Engineered to capture all the finer details, it will soon become your new companion on all your photographic adventures.

1 Based on CIPA Standard; when attached to an FX-format D-SLR camera.

FEATURES

FX-FORMAT COMPATIBLE, COMPACT AND LIGHT, SUPER-TELEPHOTO LENS WITH 500 MM* FOCAL LENGTH AND F/5.6 MAXIMUM APERTURE

Employing a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element, an outstandingly compact size of 106 x 237 mm and light weight of 1,460 g are realized. Although an ordinary 500 mm prime lens weighs over 3,000 g, the remarkably light weight of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is nearly equivalent to that of the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. Together with its superior weather-resistant performance, this super-telephoto lens enables agile shooting reliably under diverse conditions.

* When attached to a DX-format SLR, the angle of view is equivalent to that of a lens with a focal length of 750 mm in FX/35mm format.

SUPERIOR OPTICAL PERFORMANCE

The latest optical design employing one PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element and three ED glass elements delivers high-resolution images with minimal color fringing via effective chromatic aberration compensation, that is optimized for high-megapixel digital cameras. High optical performance is retained even when VR SPORT mode is on or when a teleconverter is attached. Also, by adopting newly developed lens materials, flare effect due to the characteristics of the PF lens is optimally controlled. Furthermore, Nano Crystal Coat that provides superb ghost and flare reduction even under harsh lighting such as backlight, as well as other Nikon coating technologies contribute to producing clearer images.

DUST-/DRIP-RESISTANT STRUCTURE AND FLUORINE COAT

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is designed with a dust- and drip-resistant structure for enhanced reliability. Movable parts and other sections are sealed to protect the inside of the lens against dust and water droplets. Nikon's original fluorine coat, that effectively repels dust or dirt, is applied to the front lens surface to ensure high antifouling performance. These features give photographers the freedom to continue shooting in diverse environments and conditions.

IMPROVED SUBJECT-TRACKING PERFORMANCE WITH FAST AF AND VR FUNCTIONS

By employing a lighter focus lens group, higher AF speed is achieved, assuring superb subject-tracking performance. The Vibration Reduction (VR) function providing an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops{sup(*)} faster in NORMAL mode also offers SPORT mode that is particularly effective for shooting quickly and erratically moving subjects. Because a stable finder image can be reliably viewed even during subject tracking, the capture of images with the intended composition is enabled. This advantage also applies to movie recording.

* Based on CIPA Standard. When attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera.

ABOUT THE PF (PHASE FRESNEL) LENS

The PF (Phase Fresnel) lens, developed by Nikon, effectively compensates chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon{sup(*)}. It provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a normal glass lens. Compared to many general camera lenses that employ an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with fewer lens elements.

* Diffraction phenomenon: Light possesses the same characteristics as a waveform. When a waveform faces an obstacle, it attempts to go around and behind it, and this phenomenon is referred to as diffraction. Diffraction causes chromatic dispersion in the reverse order of refraction.

ELECTROMAGNETIC DIAPHRAGM MECHANISM IS ADOPTED

Even during high-speed continuous shooting, exposure is stably controlled with the adoption of an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Type

F mount Type E AF-S lens with built-in CPU

Format

FX/35mm

Focal length

500 mm

Maximum aperture

f/ 5.6

Minimum aperture

f/ 32

Lens construction

19 elements in 11 groups (including 3 ED lens elements, 1 PF (phase Fresnel) lens element, lens elements with Nano-Crystal coatings, and a fluorine-coated front lens element)

Angle of view

Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras: 5° Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 3° 10‘

Minimum focus distance

3.0 m ( 9.8 ft) 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

Filter-attachment size

95 mm (P = 1.0 mm)

Dimensions

Approx. 106 mm maximum diameter x 237mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)

Weight

Approx. 1460 g ( 3 lb 3.5 oz)

Autofocus

Yes

AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)

Yes

Internal focusing

Yes

Focusing

Manual, Manual/Auto, Auto/Manual Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System with autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for manual focus

Focus limit switch

Two positions: FULL (∞ to 3.0 m) and ∞ to 8 m

Focus distance indicator

3.0 m to ∞

Supplied accessories

LC-95 95 mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HB-84 Bayonet Hood, CL-M5 Lens Case

 

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