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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens

Product Summary

Features

This is the legendary f/4 500mm super telephoto lens from Nikon with their Vibration Reduction technology. This is a true ornithologists’ dream come true. Use it with the TC-20EIII (with manual focusing only) and you have a combination that extends to a monstrosity of 1000mm. needless to say a lens of such huge range will be heavy but Nikon has managed to keep the weight down to only 3.88 kilos making it comparatively light.

A lens of this magnitude must have some sort of optical stabilization and Nikon has answered the call with its second generation Vibration Reduction technology. What you get is the equivalent of a full four stops slower shutter speed than normal.

Several other features of the lens include the presence of Nano Crystals, three Extra-Low Dispersion elements and Super Integrated Coating (SIC) to ensure the suppression of flares, ghosts and color fringing. Silent Wave Motor ensures that the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR during auto-focusing which is imperative unless you want to scare the subjects you’re trying to capture. Another wonderful piece of technology is Nikon’s M/A which ensures the easy transition from auto-focusing to manual focusing just by a simple turn of the focusing ring.

Maximum viewing angle for a DX format DSLR is 3°10’and that of a FX format DSLR is 5°. There are 14 lens elements in the lens arranged in 11 groups. The lens diaphragm consists of 9 blades. The filter size specification is 52mm and the dimensions of the lens is 5.5×15.4 (diameter x length). Available at Amazon | Adorama | B&H

 

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NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR Specifications

Focal length 500 mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 14 elements in 11 groups (with 3 ED glass elements and one Nano Crystal Coat) and one meniscus protective glass element
Picture angle 5° (3°10’ with DX-format camera)
Closest focusing distance 4.0 m/13.1 ft. (AF), 3.85 m/12.6 ft. (MF)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1/6.9
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size 52 mm
Focusing Internal Focusing (IF) system; autofocus with a built-in SWM and manual focus
Diameter x length(extension from lens mount) Approx. 139.5 x 391 mm/5.5 x 15.4 in.
Weight Approx. 3,880 g/8.6 lb.
Supplied accessories Lens Hood HK-34, Heavy duty case CT-504, Dedicated filter holder, 52mm screw-in NC filter, Strap LN-1, Monopod collar

 

Purchase options

NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR available at Amazon | Adorama | B&H