AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR


  • FX-format compatible, 2.5x super-telephoto 200-500 mm zoom lens with a fixed maximum aperture of f/5.6.
    • *When attached to a DX-format digital SLR, the angle of view is equivalent to that of a lens with a focal length of 300-750 mm in FX/35mm format.
  • ED glass elements are employed to achieve high optical performance with minimal chromatic aberration.
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) system with an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.5 stops* faster in NORMAL mode.
    • *Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera, with zoom set at the maximum telephoto position.
  • 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, stable AE control is achieved with the adoption of an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism.
  • The screw-on type 95 mm Neutral Color NC Filter and 95 mm Circular Polarizing Filter II are optionally available.


Focal length

200-500 mm

Maximum aperture


Minimum aperture


Lens construction

19 elements in 12 groups (including three ED glass elements)

Angle of view

Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras: 12°20'-5°00'
Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 8°00'-3°10'

Minimum focus distance

2.2 m/7.22 ft from focal plane

Maximum reproduction ratio


No. of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded diaphragm opening)

Filter-attachment size

95 mm (P=1.0 mm)


Approximately 108 mm maximum diameter x 267.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)


Approximately 2300 g/5 lb 1.2 oz (including tripod collar), approx. 2090 g/4 lb 9.8 oz (without tripod collar)

Supplied accessories

LC-95 95 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HB-71 Bayonet Hood, CL-1434 Lens Case

Compatible accessories

5 mm screw-on filters (95 mm Neutral Color NC Filter/95 mm Circular Polarizing Filter II), AF-I/AF-S Teleconverters TC-14E*1/TC-14E II*1/TC-14E III*1/TC-17E II*2/TC-20E*2/TC-20E II*2/TC-20E III*2

  • *1AF possible when attached to an f/8-compatible camera.
  • *2AF is not possible.

MTF Chart

• Wide


• Tele

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

Lens Construction

  • ED glass elements