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For wildlife, sporting events, and just being able to get closer to your subject where the amount of light available is a crucial element, then look no further. Offering incredibly sharp detail and robust versatility, this is a genuine super telephoto le

Nikon 500mm f4E FL 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
  • Telephoto PRIME
  • Filter Size: 40.5mm (Drop In Only)
  • Lens/Image Stabilisation: Yes

Product code: N500 (018208200535)

(26 reviews)


RRP £10,549 SAVE £1,350.00

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Product Details

For wildlife, sporting events, and just being able to get closer to your subject where the amount of light available is a crucial element, then look no further. Offering incredibly sharp detail and robust versatility, this is a genuine super telephoto lens.

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Two Fluorite and Three ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Fluorine-Coated Front Lens Element
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction, Sport/Tripod Modes
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Pack lighter, go further.

Nikon's legendary 500mm super telephoto lens is now nearly 2 pounds lighter than the previous model and ready for the most demanding conditions. With brilliant optical performance, improved AF tracking, a high-speed electromagnetic diaphragm that keeps pace with Nikon's fastest DSLRs plus VR image stabilization, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR is a game-changer for outdoor, sports, action and nature photographers or anyone looking to get the most out of their current DSLR. The lens comes with a new lightweight hard-shell case.

Nikon's superior VR image stabilization

Pros know camera movement during exposure robs sharpness. Nikon's VR image stabilization counteracts camera shake and vibration up to ~4.0 stops, a must-have feature when working handheld, on a monopod or even a tripod. A specialized Sports Mode is optimized for camera pans and fast-action sports, and the Tripod Mode eliminates the subtle ground vibrations that are constantly passing through a tripod or monopod. Capture subjects with outstanding sharpness, even in low light.

Superior AF tracking and exposure control

Track fast moving subjects—even those moving erratically, at random speeds or approaching the camera quickly—with tack-sharp AF precision. During high-speed continuous shooting, the electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism operates in sync with the camera shutter for fast automatic exposure control and consistency between shots, even when using a compatible teleconverter.

Lightweight, durable and reliable

This is a lens built for tough assignments. A new magnesium alloy lens barrel and fluorite elements reduce the overall weight by nearly 2 pounds versus its predecessor. The protective front meniscus is coated with Nikon's non-stick fluorine coat, which makes it easier to wipe off water, dirt and smudges. Ball bearings in the tripod collar ring ensure smooth transitions between horizontal and vertical shooting.

SPORT Vibration Reduction

For pros shooting fast and erratic moving sports subjects, using the SPORT VR mode will give you a more stable viewfinder image, handheld or when using a monopod, even if you’re panning. Track subjects easier when shooting in Continuous mode and as an added benefit with the D4S, the continuous shooting frame rates and release lag time are not affected while using VR. Even use SPORT VR when shooting HD video. The Tripod VR function even eliminates the vibrations that may transfer from the ground to the tripod in both Normal and SPORT VR modes.


A/M stands for Auto-Priority Manual Mode. This mode also enables an easy transition from autofocus to manual during AF operation. However, mode switch sensitivity has been altered to reduce the possibility of sudden unintentional switching to manual focus while shooting.

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.

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.

Fluorite Lens Element

Fluorite (FL), a lightweight mono-crystal optical material, has excellent optical properties while reducing overall lens weight to improve balance and handling, especially useful in longer focal length lenses.

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.


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.

Nano Crystal Coat

An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.

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.

Super Integrated Coating

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

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.

Whilst this is a brilliant and perfect addition to the Nikon Lens range, we should point out that due to the electronic aperture actuators, this lens is not compatible with a number of cameras; including:

  • Anything film
  • D1 Series
  • D2 Series
  • D200
  • D100
  • D90
  • D80
  • D70
  • D60
  • D50
  • D40

Product Reviews

Lightweight, Durable, Sharp focus, Consistent output, Quick focus

Nothing to complain about. Greal lens, great IQ, works fine even with longer TC's.Manageable size and weight for the reach but I can see this still being an issue as 'carry-on' for planes and longer back-country treks.It's expensive but you're getting your money's worth and given recent events a...

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I have been lucky enough to be able to replace my old 500mm F4 VR with this 500 mm lens and have been using it for the past couple of weeks. I traded my old 500 and my much loved 300 f2.8 VR for this, so I was a little anxious when it arrived as image wise it had a lot to live up to.


I wanted a 500mm prime lens for bird photography as my 80-400mm does not get close enough for top quality detail in many situations. This 500mm FL is fairly light to carry, weighing not much more than the 300mm 2.8.


The saying that you get what you pay for in glass is certainly true in this case. The bonus is the reduced weight.. The attached photos were taken hand held using an old wood 'Scope-Stock' and TC14E3 1.4 tele-converter. I mounted an Arca type clamp made by Hejnar Photo to the stock.

B&H Photo

I sold my 500mm.G model to get this, I'm so glad I did!!. I shoot about 98% handheld...very little tripod use. The lighter weight up front makes a substantial difference. I also believe the VR is improved, works well. I'm getting more keepers, so to me it's well worth it.


I sold my Nikon 500mm f4.0g vr II lens and bought the Nikon 500 f4.0e FL ED VR lens. It a little heavier than my Nikon 300 f2.8g vrII lens but actually balances better due to the lighter front elements.

B&H Photo

I live in the country so much of my photography involves wildlife. I have tried many options but they were always a compromise. I am currently using this on a D750. The focusing is fast and tracking birds in flight is excellent. Image quality is fantastic.


The reduction of weight and change or front-back weight balance makes this a very, very attractive lens to take the place of my current Nikon 600mm f4. I used it hand held with and without a 1.4x teleconverter and a monopod. The monopod was a piece of cake--it almost felt like the Nikon 300mm f 2.8.

B&H Photo

I have used a 600mm on a tripod and a 200-400 zoom for handheld - both for birding. My 200-400 was good for close subjects in woodsy terrain. The 600mm excels in more open areas. Some nature areas are a mix of shooting venues. The 500mm seems to do well in both environments.


I have used this lens with the D810A, D750, and more recently, the D500. I am getting amazing results when shooting wildlife and nature photos, especially when paired with the D500. The VR feature is superb.

B&H Photo

I use this basically for wildlife photography: 1. It's very sharp even at wide open 2. AF faster than the new 200-500mm f/5.6 which is also an excellent lens but I've found that it's kind of slow for BIF. 3. It's light enough that I can handhold it for BIF shots.

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