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There are super telephoto zooms, and there is this one. Incredibly sharp with constant aperture. A joy to use.

Nikon 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Lens


  • New Or Secondhand: New
  • Lens is suitable for: Nikon APS-C (DX) & Full Frame (FX)
  • Fitting: Nikon FX / DX
  • ZOOM
  • Telephoto ZOOM
  • Super Telephoto ZOOM
  • Filter Size: 95mm

Product code: N200500 (018208200580)

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Product Details

Powerful zoom with extended reach. With a 200–500mm focal length range and constant f/5.6 aperture, this FX-format lens introduces a new level of super-telephoto versatility.

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 to f/32
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction with Sport Mode
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Astounding views, comfortably in reach.

Wherever your passion lies, this outstanding super telephoto zoom lens can bring it into focus. Capture and share stunning views of birds, wildlife, motorsports, athletes, performers, landmarks and other faraway subjects. A fast f/5.6 constant aperture gives your shots beautifully out-of-focus backgrounds across the entire zoom range. Turn fast-moving action into dazzling photo sequences—the electromagnetic diaphragm operates in sync for the fastest subjects and shutter speeds while Vibration Reduction image stabilization keeps your shots sharp and steady. And in the rare cases when additional reach is needed, you can increase the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR's zoom power with an optional Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x tele-converter.

Lightweight, compact super telephoto zoom

Whether your subject is far in the distance or close, fast or slow, you can land the shot. On FX-format cameras, 500mm brings distant birds, wildlife, athletes, performers, landmarks and more into tight focus. DX-format cameras add an additional 1.5x zoom effect for an angle of view equivalent to a whopping 750mm! And despite that extreme power, you can also focus on subjects as close as 7.2 feet away for detail rich close-ups.

~4.5 stops of Vibration Reduction

At super telephoto distances, the smallest camera movements can cause image blur. Vibration Reduction image stabilization counteracts camera shake up to ~4.5 stops for sharp photos and steady videos. You also can shoot at slower shutter speeds in low light—great for those magic moments at dawn and dusk. Sports Mode is optimized for camera pans and other movements common when shooting fast action.

Advanced Nikon lens technology

Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass cuts through the glare of bright sunlight. Silent Wave Motor (SWM) powers ultra-fast, near-silent autofocusing with seamless manual override. The Electromagnetic diaphragm (E) operates in sync with the fastest shutter speeds and frame rates, even when using an optional tele-converter. Always bring home views that amaze.

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass:  An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.

IF Lens:  A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.

Silent Wave Motor:  AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM). This technology converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that's extremely accurate and super quiet.

M/A:  Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.

Vibration Reduction:  A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.

Super Integrated Coating:  Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.

Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism:  An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel provides highly accurate electronic diaphragm or aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting. With conventional D/G type lenses, the diaphragm blades are operated by mechanical linkage levers.

Product Reviews

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Sharp focus, Durable, Lightweight, Image quality, Consistent output
Photography BLOG

Unless you really, really need the faster f/4 aperture offered by the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR, then the new f/5.6 version is a more enticing proposition for most people - it offers the same feature-set and similarly high image quality in a much lighter, smaller, more portable package, at a...


It's a powerful package; light, compact, efficient and very high quality. It is probably one of the easiest 500mm lenses to use as a consequence of the reduced weight and size, as they are specialised lenses that challenge us photographically to get the best out of them.

The tested Nikkor 200-500 mm is so good and its list of pros so long that for a moment I even toyed with an idea to award it our ‘Editor’s Choice’ badge. I dropped that thought because there are too many small flaws, too negligible to be listed in the cons section but significant enough to influence...

Practical Photography

Photography fanatic? Here at What's The Best, we've tried, tested and reviewed the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F/5.6E ED VR and we think you'll like what we found.

Photography BLOG

The announcement of the AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens in August 2015 came as a pleasant surprise for Nikon camera owners. Not only is it the only genuine Nikon zoom that goes out to 500mm, but it also costs less than some comparable third-party offerings, at least in certain markets.


We have a very compelling package here, a lens that is ideally geared up for the wildlife and sports photographer, in a fairly compact portable form that enables hand holding for extended periods of time. I can see this suiting a lot of Nikon photographers.

Practical Photography

Nikon’s 200-500mm f/5.6 is a highly competitive optic that should give users a well-built and reliable alternative to third-party super-telephotos. Like its rivals, it’s at its weakest when at its longest, but with excellent sharpness at 200mm, a constant aperture, and an impressive VR system,...

PC Magazine

You won't find a lens like the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR elsewhere—it's a lightweight super telephoto prime with excellent optics, an attractive price, and a narrow angle of view that's ideal for capturing distant subjects.


Using the Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 PF with the Nikon D5, focus tracking was right on, whether the subjects was a fleeting bird or a slower moving train. Overall quality was what I have come to expect from Nikon: top-notch.

What Digital Camera

I must admit, I was a bit sceptical about this lens when I first heard about it, thinking there must have been one compromise too many to keep the lens at a competitive price point, but have to say I’ve been very pleasantly surprised.

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Wex Photo Video

OK this lens is a lot of money BUT I received mine today having been thinking about getting one for the last year and it is fantastic. Light wasn't great today but I got some lovely shots.


Just bought this after doing some research as I was looking at photographing garden birds and wildlife. I have a Nikon z7ii and Z6ii and although I have the 70=200mm f2.8 with both the 1.4 and 2.0 teleconverters I just wanted a bit more reach. This is where the 500mm came in.

Wilkinson Cameras

Still early days but very pleased how sharp and light this lens is. As someone of that age who has reluctantly let his large, heavy glass go this lens will easily fill the gap.

Easy to handle, AF not extremly fast, nor slow either. Use the limiter. Optical performance even better than that of the AF-S 80-400 It is very Sharp with my TC 17EII and AF Works well, but slower than normal, especially when cloudy. I use it on D810 and D750

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SRS Microsystems

Having used a Sigma 120-300 f2.8 Sport with converters for a few years, I was a bit apprehensive to 'downgrade' to this lens. The weight issue with the Sigma caused me to look at this lens.


Honestly best telephoto lens I've ever used. Sharp image and f5.6 in all range is the best you can get for that price!!

Wex Photo Video

Annoyed at myself for waiting so long to get this. I had been using Nikon 300mm f4 prime with 1.4 teleconverter on D500. This is SOooo much better. Still working with f5.6 (so no change there) but the added reach and VR make it a no-brainer.


Only used it a couple of times so far, it is a heavier lens than I expected but takes a decent photo. I can't get full zoom in one wrist movement so am leaving it about 350mm and zooming in and out from there.

Wilkinson Cameras

I've only had the lens a couple of weeks, but I'm happy with the level of sharpness, and detail, as its my first telephoto lens, I cant give an assessment of auto focus speed but I haven't had any concerns with my wildlife photography as yet.

Excellent telephoto lens. Great for wildlife and tack sharp images, a pleasure to shoot with.

This is a great lens. Very sharp wide open and focusses well on D300 & D500. Bought it for wildlife and aviation photography & I'm loving it. Like all long glass, it is quite heavy, but on the above bodies, balances well. Great value for money lens.

Great lens. Handles nicely, focusses well and produces lovely images (so far). Overall I'm very happy with it and will keep my old 80-400 more for portraits.

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