• AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR: angle1


  • FX-format compatible, super-telephoto prime lens with 500 mm* focal length and f/4 maximum aperture.
    • *When attached to a DX-format digital SLR, the angle of view is equivalent to that of a lens with a focal length of 750 mm in FX/35mm format.
  • Employing two fluorite lens elements realizes an outstandingly light body, facilitating composition change even for quickly moving subjects and enabling easy transportation.
  • Two fluorite lens elements and three ED glass elements plus Nano Crystal Coat are employed to achieve high optical performance with minimized chromatic aberration and ghost effect.
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) system provides an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops* faster in NORMAL mode.
    • *Based on CIPA Standard. When attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera.
  • VR performance immediately after the power is turned on in NORMAL mode has been improved, providing a more stable viewfinder image and enhanced blur-reduction effect on the resulting images.
  • SPORT mode, especially effective when shooting sports, for example, in which subjects are radically moving, is adopted as a VR mode option.
  • Even during high-speed continuous shooting, superior AF tracking is achieved, while exposure is stably controlled with the adoption of an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism.
  • Fluorine coat is applied to a meniscus protective glass at the lens front for enhanced durability and dust prevention.
  • Tripod collar ring utilizing bearings enables smooth switching between horizontal and vertical orientation even for moving subjects, while ensuring improved durability.


Focal length

500 mm

Maximum aperture


Minimum aperture


Lens construction

16 elements in 12 groups (including three ED glass and two fluorite lens elements, and lens elements with Nano Crystal Coat) and one meniscus protective glass element with fluorine coat

Angle of view

Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras: 5°00'
Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 3°10'

Minimum focus distance

3.6 m/11.9 ft from focal plane

Maximum reproduction ratio


No. of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded diaphragm opening)

Filter-attachment size

40.5 mm


Approximately 140 mm maximum diameter x 387 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)


Approximately 3090 g/6 lb 13 oz

Supplied accessories

Slip-on front lens cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HK-34 Lens Hood, Slip-in filter holder, 40.5 mm screw-in NC filter, CT-505 Lens Case, LN-2 Strap, Monopod collar

Compatible accessories

40.5 mm screw-on filters, C-PL405 Slip-in Circular Polarizing Filter, AF-I/AF-S Teleconverters TC-14E/TC-14E II/TC-14 III/ TC-17E II*/TC-20E*/TC-20E II*/TC-20E III*

  • *AF possible when attached to f/8-compatible camera body.

MTF Chart

Spatial Frequencies S: Sagittal M: Meridional
10 lines/mm image image
30 lines/mm image image

Lens Construction

  • ED glass elements
  • Fluorite lens elements