Nikon announces the development of a new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by rick_reno, Jun 14, 2018 at 9:01 AM.

  1. rick_reno


    Dec 3, 2012
    N Idaho
    Nikon announces the development of a new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens | Nikon Rumors

    MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announces the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, an FX-format fixed focal length super-telephoto lens, which will offer a compelling combination of portability and performance. The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR will be a high-performance super-telephoto lens that is significantly smaller and lighter than comparable predecessors due to the adoption of the same type of Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element found in the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens, introduced in January 2015. Despite its 500mm focal length, the lens is small and light enough to use hand-held in a wide variety of situations where a photographer must capture unpredictable and fast-moving subjects, including sporting events and wildlife photography.

    Phase Fresnel Lens Elements

    The Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element developed by Nikon effectively compensates for chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon*. Compared to many general camera lenses that employ an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with fewer lens elements.

    Price and Availability

    Information regarding the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens, including final specifications and pricing, will be announced later this year. For more information on the latest Nikon products, please visit
  2. Let's see, the 300 is $2000 so the 500 will be $3500? :D
  3. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    the 200-500 is so good at 500/5.6 this new one better be small and light
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  4. Allan


    Apr 21, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    Light weight is the key here. I recently bought the 500 f/4 so no 5.6 for me. Also, I use the 1.7 tc on the 500 so that is another reason the 5.6 is out for me.
  5. Noooooo.... It's supposed to be 600mm(n)
  6. I'd also expect around $3000-3500, less than 3 pounds, latest VR, fast and close focus. I want one.
  7. The reasons why this would be compelling would be weight, much faster (?) AF speed than the 200-500, and price, i'm guessing $4500-$5000 (because they can?)

    The F5.6 means it is much less compelling to me, since it will be more of a one trick pony at 500mm/F5.6 since it wont take a TC14 very well. I have a Canon 400mm DO II F4 and it is quite light, will probably be close to the new Nikon 500mm PF, and the fact that I can put a 1.4 TE on it gives me 640mm on FF and 900mm with a Canon 1.6x crop factor camera like the 7DMKII. Its a fabulous lens but costs of course more $7k plus range.

    Now if Nikon adds the TC1.25 to this mix and start selling it separately to be used with the new 500mm PF things get much more interesting to me, 625mm FF and 937mm equivalent FL, with 1.5 crop at F7.1. Seems like a small thing but it would be very useful on a D500 for example.

    In the end I would very much have preferred a 500 F4 PF for a higher price or a 600 F5.6 PF.

    Never the less this is a good development, and will sell well to people that cant afford an F4 nor wont have the weight to haul around on airplanes
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018 at 1:56 PM
  8. RoyC01


    Jan 6, 2011
    SE USA
    I read the patent list the length at 25CM about 8 1/3 inch.
  9. That alone would be VERY appealing. In comparison the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens is 74.1 oz (2.1 kg) and 5.0 x 9.2" ( 12.7 x 23.4 cm( without Hood) so very similar to the new Nikon 500mm PF

    btw 25 cm is 9.85 inches
  10. billg71


    May 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I'm waiting for the 400/f4 PF. ;)
  11. I'm with you, but good luck with makes far more sense than a 400/f5.6
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