Nikon Unveils AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens for Sports & Bird Photography

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Release Date : 4 August 2015
Availability :  Mid September 2015
Price :  $ 1399.95
Available at :  B&H | Amazon | Adorama


Key features

  • 200-500mm Super Tele Photo Lens
  • Constant F5.6 Aperture
  • 95mm Filter diameter
  • 4.5 Stop Vibration Reduction (VR)
  • Sports Mode for sports photography
  • Electromagnetic Aperture Control
  • Optional 95mm NC & Circular Polarizing Filter II

The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is an exhilarating new lens option, giving enthusiast FX and DX-format photographers the ability to go further with amazing zoom power and tack-sharp clarity. This compact super-telephoto zoom is ideal for bringing distant subjects closer, including birds, sports, wildlife and motorsports. This lens opens the doors for a fresh new perspective; with a maximum reach of 500mm on FX-format Nikon cameras and a staggering 750mm equivalent reach on DX-format cameras. With a maximum aperture of f/5.6, photographers have the ability to fill much of the frame with their subject and create a pleasing background blur, even in challenging light. This lens also features Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture for consistent exposures, as well as VR with 4.5 stops of image stabilization. Additionally, the VR features Sport Mode, which is well-suited for capturing vibrant, sharp images of distant subjects at high frame rates or when panning with fast-moving action. The lens also lets users focus as close as 7.2 ft. throughout the entire focal range, for when a decisive play comes closer than expected, or capturing intricate details of nature.

Whether spending all day at an air race or in the field, the new NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6 is surprisingly lightweight at only 5 lbs 1.2 oz. (2300 grams) including the tripod collar, making this lens easy to use handheld for extended periods. Photographers looking for even more reach can increase the zoom power using an optional compatible Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x E series Teleconverters** to capture even the most distant subjects.

The new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR’s optical formula features three ED elements to enhance sharpness and minimize chromatic aberration. A 9-blade aperture provides a desirable, smooth bokeh, while Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology helps to quickly and quietly achieve critical focus. The filter diameter of the new 200-500mm lens is 95mm, and Nikon will also offer optional 95mm NC (Neutral Color) and the 95mm Circular Polarizer CPL2 filters.

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Focal length200-500 mm
Maximum aperturef/5.6
Minimum aperturef/32
Lens construction19 elements in 12 groups (including three ED glass elements)
Angle of viewNikon FX-format D-SLR cameras: 12°20′-5°00’Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 8°00′-3°10′
Minimum focus distance2.2 m/7.22 ft from focal plane
Maximum reproduction ratio0.22x
No. of diaphragm blades9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter-attachment size95 mm (P=1.0 mm)
DimensionsApproximately 108 mm maximum diameter x 267.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
WeightApproximately 2300 g/5 lb 1.2 oz (including tripod collar), approx. 2090 g/4 lb 9.8 oz (without tripod collar)
Supplied accessoriesLC-95 95 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HB-71 Bayonet Hood, CL-1434 Lens Case
Compatible accessories5 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*1 AF possible when attached to an f/8-compatible camera.*2 AF is not possible.