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Hard-working super-telephoto prime lens built for the field.

This professional-caliber 500mm super-telephoto prime lens stops distant action in in its tracks. Featuring Nikon’s superior Vibration Reduction (VR II) image stabilization and performance enhancing lens technologies, superior NIKKOR optics and a lightweight magnesium die-cast barrel with dust and moisture resistance, it’s ideal for photographers in the field shooting motor sports, outdoor athletes, wildlife and much more. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture.
Vibration Reduction
Silent Wave Motor
Nano Crystal Coat
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
M/A
A/M
IF Lens

Stop distant action in its tracks

Fast super-telephoto performance

With 500mm of super-telephoto reach, there isn’t much you can’t capture with the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR. Whether you’re on assignment at a race or after elusive critters in the wild, you can expect brilliantly crisp and dramatic images in rich color and amazing detail. Plus, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR is fully compatible with all Nikon Teleconverters, so you can double the effective reach.

Engineered for the field

Rugged, reliable and lightweight

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR is a workhorse on the track and in the field. Its rugged, lightweight design features a magnesium die-cast barrel and professional-grade dust- and moisture-resistant construction. It’s also host to an arsenal of innovative Nikon lens technologies like Vibration Reduction (VR II) image stabilization with tripod detection mode for minimizing shutter release vibration, Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing, exclusive Nano Crystal Coat (N) and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass for superior color, sharpness and contrast. Even in the most demanding shooting situations, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR performs brilliantly.

Nikon Vibration Reduction

Learn more about Nikon’s in-lens VR image stabilization which assures dramatically sharper still images and video capture when shooting handheld.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera.
Vibration Reduction
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.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor, which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology.
Nano Crystal Coat
Nano Crystal Coat
An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
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.
M/A
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.
A/M
A/M
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.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR 4.9 5 18 18
Fabulous lens The 500 is a fantastic lens. I have been using it now for a couple of years and I am 100% in love with this lens. It is great for wildlife. June 2, 2014
Sharp lens! I use this lens for birds and wildlife on a Nikon D800, sometimes with a 1.4 Nikon teleconverter and also without it. It is a fast focusing lens even on the D800. I mounted it on a friends D3 and it is superfast! I love the lens and am glad that I went ahead and made the investment. March 1, 2014
One Word: Outstanding!!! I have been using plenty of long tele lenses already, primarily zoom lenses, including the Nikon 200-400 VR, so I thought that I knew what excellent contrast rendition and sharpness looks like. Obviously I have been mistaken! The Nikon 500mm VRII is even better than I have expected. I am using it with my Nikon D7000 and J1 for birding, moon shots and sports photography and I am still amazed at the details that can be rendered, even with tele converters or my J1 + FT1 adapter, having a pixel density of roughly 70MP FF. The autofocus foccuses nearly instant and is very accurate and the handling is not much different from my Nikon 200-400 VR. I can use it hand-held and the VRII is even more effective than VRI has ever been. I hope Nikon will produce professional cameras without mirror in the future, because the only problem using such long prime lenses is the mirror causing vibration. With my J1 I do have 1350mm and each movement, even a minor one, has adverse effects on sharpness, but due too the J1 being mirrorless, I can get better results than with my DSLR on far off subjects. Speaking of distance shots, the Nikon 500mm VRII is far better than the Nikon 200-400 VR in this regard, although the Nikon 200-400 is better for macro photography. I wish the closest focusing distance would be similar, but one can use extension tubes for that purpose anytime. All in all I am very pleased with this lens and I am looking forward for a 500mm VRIII. October 3, 2012
Excellent wildlife lens Very fast focus, extremely sharp, and the VR allows for hand held photography of flying birds. I have owned several long lenses and this is the fastest focusing and sharpest lens I have owned. March 19, 2012
This lens is the best for the buck Very wll made. Well Balanced Sharp, fast, great color saturation. Love the bokeh at lower f-stops. My experience using a tripod is great, except when tracking birds too far off center. For that, I hand hold, to avoid tripping over the legs. My hand-held shots are incredibly sharp, and I love this lens no end. The image below was shot at ISO 400 f/4 1/125 1-1/3 overexposed. I wanted to see what it would do with poor light and hand held at the above settings. February 7, 2012
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I am using a benro gimbal head
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For this lens AF-S 500mm F4 G ED VR I use the WIMBERLEY WH-200 VERSION 2 Head with the P-10 Quick Release plate, Its awesome! You can lock just the Pan or just the Tilt or both. Pan and tilts are smooth as ever and it's a very strong unit for this weight/size lens. It's clearly built for the heavy lenses. Weight is just not a problem at all. Unlike using say a ball head or traditional head.
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Wimberley Gimbal MK2, not cheap though.
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I use Kirk.
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The manual states that vibration reduction doesnt function with AF-On so if I want vr I should be switching the lens to AF-L?

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No set it to the neutral postion. There are three settings AF-L on and AF-L (lock) in between the two is a neutral position.
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No, It simply means if your lens has vibration reduction (VR) built into it which of course does, and you want the vibration reduction mechanism to be activated while shooting, do not use the the AF-on button on your camera to focus. Instead, hold the shutter button halfway down to focus, then press the shutter button all the way down to take the picture. I have a feeling the camera u are using probably does not have an AF-on Button. If so, this does not apply to you.

What you read has nothing to do with flicking the switches on the lens. Flicking the vibration reduction switch on the lens to On, only sends power to the vibration reduction mechanism. The Vibration reduction mechanisms in the lens is activated, and moves back and forth to stabilize your image only when the shutter button is press halfway down.

The article in the link below explains VR. Make sure to check the link at the end of the article to see how it work.
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An...

Please see the link below to find out how to test the vibration reduction of your lens to make sure it is working.
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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What is the size of the 500mm lens with the hood in place?

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I'd like to know the length and diameter. Thanks.
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Dimensions: (Approx.)5.5x15.4 in. (Diameter x Length)
139.5x391mm (Diameter x Length)
Weight: (Approx.)136.9 oz. (3,880g)
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Will the 500mm f/4G ED VR lens function flawlessly with my D90 or D60?

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is this lens compatible with D80?

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What is the best Nikon body for the 500mm F4 AFS VRII

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I recently purchased this lens for bird photography. I like it very much. It is currently attached to a D5000 body and seems to work well. However, I am not sure I'm getting all I can from the lens while using my D5000. What would be the best Nikon body to use with this lens for bird and wildlife photograhy?
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Please click on the link below for the lens simulator; try it with different camera bodies, it will help you to make the decision on what lens or camera you need.
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ...
Please visit our Learn and Explore website for Photography Techniques:
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VR use and Mono-pod

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What is the proper VR setting when using a mono-pod?
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Please click on the link below for information:
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Will this lens work well on a D40?

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I know this lens will work on a D90 and D7000 but my wife would like to use it on a D40, as well. Will it work well on that camera.\?
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What size UV filter (front screw not drop in) is compatible with this lens?

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Screrw in filters cannot be attached to the 500mm, it has drop in filters instead
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What is the appropriate DSLR for 500MM KIKKOR LENS ?

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Any DSLR will work.
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