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The Nikon AF-S 500mm f/5.6 super telephoto lens boasts a massive reach combined with excellent image quality and a relatively lightweight design for a lens in this class. It offers a range of stabilisation modes, a focal limiter and a silent mode to provide shooting versatility. The optical design of the lens makes use of a phase fresnel element to correct aberrations and ghosting without requiring additional elements, which allows the lens to be more compact and portable.

Compact and Portable Design

Compared to similar super telephoto lenses, the Nikon 500mm f/5.6E is surprisingly portable and compact. With a lightweight construction the lens provides greater flexibility and shooting freedom allowing you to produce stunning high-resolution images in a variety of shooting situations.

Vibration Reduction with Sports Mode

With a selection of VR modes, the lens provides the ability for you to select the most appropriate stabilisation system for the shot. Sports mode delivers improved viewfinder stability along with enhanced blur reduction making it perfect for far away high-speed subjects.

Near-Silent Autofocus

Driving the autofocus is Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) which offers ultra-quiet focusing that’s great for keeping disturbances under control. It’s also extremely fast and accurate, while still offering manual override at the flick of a switch for fine tuning your focus.

Comprehensive Shooting Control

In addition to the standard manual and autofocus control, focal range limiter and VR mode switches the lens includes a memory recall switch as well as a button to switch the silent mode on and off.

Phase Fresnel Elements

The PF in the Nikon AF-S 500mm f/5.6E model name represents that the lens uses a “Phase Fresnel” optical element to effectively corrects chromatic aberrations and ghosting without the need for additional elements. This allows the lens to have a less complicated optical construction and in turn a significantly lighter construction.

Durable Weather Sealed Design

Complementing the compact design of the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f5.6 lens is extensive weather sealing to protect it against moisture and dust. The front element also features Nikon’s Fluorine Coating (FLC) which helps repel water and dust for easy cleaning no matter where you are.


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



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 from focal plane

VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilisation


No. of diaphragm blades

9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )


Nano Crystal Coat, Fluorine coat


Automatic electronic aperture control

Filter-attachment size

95 mm (P = 1.0 mm)


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


Approx. 1460 g



AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)


Internal 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 (8 to 3.0 m) and 8 to 8 m

Focus distance indicator

3.0 m to 8

Supplied accessories

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

* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice

  • Nikon AF-S 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens
  • 1 x Front Lens Cap (LC-95)
  • 1 x Rear Lens Cap (LF-4)
  • 1 x Bayonet Lens Hood (HB-84)
  • 1 x Lens Case (CL-M5)

Manufacturer Warranty


This product comes with a

12*month Australian warranty

from Nikon Australia

*Available with free registration at

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