Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR vs. 500mm f/4G ED VR lens specifications comparison

AF-S NIKKOR 500MM F:4E FL ED VR lens design Nikon 500mm f:4G ED VR lens design
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500MM F:4E FL ED VR MTF chartNikon-500mm-f4G-ED-VR-lens-MTF-chart
Technical specifications comparison between the new Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR lens (left) and the previous 500mm f/4G ED VR version (on the right):

Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
Focal Length 500mm 500mm
Maximum Aperture f/4 f/4
Minimum Aperture f/22 f/22
Format FX/35mm FX/35mm
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 3°10' 3°10'
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) 5°00'
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.14x 0.14x
Lens Elements 16 14
Lens Groups 12 11
Compatible Format(s) FX
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Yes Yes
Diaphragm Blades 9 9
Nano Crystal Coat Yes Yes
ED Glass Elements 3 3
Aspherical Elements -- --
Super Integrated Coating Yes Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) Yes Yes
Internal Focusing Yes Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 11.9ft.(3.6m) 12.6ft.(4.0m)
Close Range Correction -- --
Focus Mode Manual
Memory Recall
Rear Focusing -- --
Filter Size 40.5mm 52mm
Accepts Filter Type Slip-in Slip-in
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 5.5in.(140mm) x 15.2in.(387.0mm) Based on CIPA Standard 5.5in.(139.5mm) x 15.4in.(391mm)
Approx. Weight 109oz. (3090g) Based on CIPA Standard 136.9oz. (3,880g)
 Price $10,296.95 $8,295.00
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  • peter w

    Impressive, I wonder how these compare to the recent versions II of Canon. And I wonder if it takes the 2x tc Eiii better than the present version.
    (I wonder stricktly technically, because as an amateur, I love to carry the extra 800 grams, and an upgrade for – the certainly improved – IQ doesn’t make sense – for me).

  • Now THAT’S an MTF chart. Yowza.

  • Photobug

    These pro lens will be all over the place at the next Olympics. Great lens but definitely out of reach for the normal advanced amateur. What this should do is result in lower rental prices on the older lens.

  • Dismal Scientist

    Just curious. Why did Nikon not come out with a PF (Phase Fresnel) Version and make the lens even lighter. Is it feasable to do for the 500 mm what they did for the 300mm? Any expert that can explain probable reasons? Thanks

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