Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens sample photos and additional details

I am surprised that nobody talks about the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens. Nikon made a mistake to announce this lens together with the mirrorless Z (another Nikon marketing fail). The price of the new lens is right at $3,596.95 and the MTF chart looks very good. Just take a look at the sample photos at the bottom of this post. Shipping will start on September 13th.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens features, technical specifications and additional sample photos::

  • Significantly smaller and lighter with the adoption of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element, making 500 mm hand-held super-telephoto photography easier and more enjoyable
  • Designed with consideration to dust- and drip-resistance; fluorine coat applied to front lens surface, effectively repelling water droplets, grease, and dirt
  • Adoption of one PF lens element and three ED glass elements for extremely sharp and detailed rendering, compatible with high pixel-count digital cameras
  • Optical performance that is not compromised with the use of the TC-14E III AF-S teleconverter
  • Materials used in the new PF lens element effectively control PF (diffraction) flare
  • Ghost and flare effectively suppressed with the adoption of the Nano Crystal Coat, enabling clear images
  • AF speed increased by making lens elements in the focusing group lighter
  • Equipped with a VR mechanism that offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop* increase in shutter speed, in two modes: NORMAL and SPORT
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism adopted for extremely precise aperture control

Focal length

500 mm

Maximum aperture


Minimum aperture


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

Vibration reduction


No. of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded diaphragm opening)

Filter attachment size

95 mm (P = 1.0 mm)

Diameter x length (extension from lens mount)

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


Approx. 1460 g (3 lb 3.5 oz)

Supplied accessories

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

Some additional sample photos taken with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens (click for larger view, full resolution available here):

Photos source: Nikon Corp. Previous coverage of the lens can be found here. Nikon 500mm f/5.6E pre-order links:

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