Coming Soon: The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR

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I guess we can expect the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR to come at Photokina 2018

So if all the stars align just right, I think one of the big announcements we’re going to get this year from Nikon will be the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR that they’re announcing the development of today. This lens is designed to be a “lightweight” 500mm prime lens for photographers who want something like that for their big, heavy, clunky DSLR camera. This announcement is only that the lens is being developed. Why? If I really had to guess, it’s to tease photographers to let them know that something big is coming from Nikon later on this year. And it’s a whole lot better than what Kodak has been doing with teasing us about the existence of Ektachrome recently.

All the details you need are after the jump.


The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR Will Deliver Exceptional Agility and Optical Performance in an Incredibly Compact and Lightweight Package

MELVILLE, NY (JUNE 14, 2018 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon Inc. announces the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f5.6E 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 f4E 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 f5.6E 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