Redefine the boundaries of super telephoto precision and uncompromising versatility with the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. Take on the most arduous shooting environments, from adrenaline pumping action to wildlife photography, with this FX-format compatible 2.5x super-telephoto 200-500mm*1 f/5.6 zoom lens. To ensure high-level optical proficiency with every shot, Extra-low Dispersion glass elements are integrated, along with a cutting-edge Vibration Reduction system. Further reinforcing the standard of NIKKOR technology, a Silent Wave Motor and electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism are employed to meet your expectations of stellar image quality, accuracy and sharpness.
Be it birds, sports, aircrafts or even moving subjects, this FX-format compatible 200-500mm*1 f/5.6 zoom lens promises the reliability of capturing gorgeous imagery. Built to push the limits of versatility, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR has a length of just 267.5mm and weighs approximately 2090g*2. Extra-low Dispersion glass elements are also incorporated to ensure minimal chromatic aberration, allowing for peak optical performance at both maximum wide-angle and telephoto positions.
In the world of action, sport and wildlife photography, precision and accuracy is the name of the game. To achieve this, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR incorporates both an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism and a Silent Wave Motor. These features deliver stable and reliable auto-exposure control during high-speed continuous shooting, as well as more accurate autofocus (AF) respectively. The AF capabilities of the lens are also maintained when used with a 1.4x Nikon teleconverter such as the AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-14E III*4.
*1 When attached to a DX-format digital SLR, the angle of view is equivalent to that of a lens with a focal length of 300-750mm in FX/35mm format.
*2 Indicated weight does not include a tripod collar.
*3 Measured in accordance with CIPA standards using a FX-format digital SLR camera. Measured at the maximum telephoto position in NORMAL mode.
*4 AF capabilities are maintained when attached to an f/8-compatible camera.
1. Key Features
With its extremely wide telephoto zoom range, this lens is suitable for capturing diverse scenes and subjects such as wild birds, sports and aircraft, using handheld shooting. Compact in size and light in weight, even erratically moving subjects can be reliably tracked.
* When attached to a DX-format digital SLR, the angle of view is equivalent to that of a lens with a focal length of 300-750 mm in FX/35mm format.
Three ED glass elements are employed to achieve superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing chromatic aberration. High-resolution images delivering a sense of depth can be captured at any focus distance up to infinity. Distant wild birds can be sharply rendered, faithfully reproducing even the texture of fine feathers. In addition, with its minimum focus distance of 2.2 m that lets you get closer to subjects, and the maximum reproduction ratio of 0.22x, as well as a shallow depth of field provided with the super-telephoto range and a large degree of image blur delivered with f/5.6 aperture, this new super-telephoto lens realizes elaborate image expression while emphasizing the subjects.
Image blur caused by camera shake is effectively reduced by the built-in Vibration Reduction function. In the evolved NORMAL mode, when the camera is set on, a half-press of the shutter-release button instantly activates the VR function for improved blur-reduction effect.
* Based on CIPA Standard. When attached to a full-frame digital SLR camera.
VR performance immediately after the power is turned on with the VR mode set to NORMAL has been improved, providing a more stable viewfinder image and enhanced blur-reduction effect on the resulting images.
SPORT mode is especially effective when shooting sports, for example, in which subjects are radically moving. This mode has also been enhanced so that a more stable image can be viewed even when tracking a moving subject.
Diaphragm blade unit with drive mechanism is incorporated in the lens barrel, enabling diaphragm control via electric signals from the camera body for reliable AE control even during high-speed continuous shooting.
The screw-on type 95 mm Neutral Color NC Filter and 95 mm Circular Polarizing Filter II, both newly developed exclusively for this lens, are optionally available.
2. MTF Curve and Lens Construction
F mount, Type E AF‒S lens with built‒in CPU and F mount
200 – 500 mm
19 elements in 12 groups (including 3 ED elements)
Angle of view
Nikon FX‒format D‒SLR cameras: 12° 20′ to 5° 00′, Nikon DX‒format D‒SLR cameras: 8° 00′ to 3° 10′
Minimum focus distance
2.2 m ( 7.22 ft) from focal plane
VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
No. of diaphragm blades
9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )
Automatic electronic aperture control
95 mm (P = 1.0 mm)
Approx. 108 mm maximum diameter x 267.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Approx. 2300 g (5 lb 1.2 oz), including tripod collar; Approx. 2090 g (4 lb 9.8 oz) without tripod collar
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Manual , Manual/Auto, Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System with autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for manual focus
Focus limit switch
FULL, ∞ to 6 m
Focus distance indicator
Focal length scale
Graduated in millimeters (200, 300, 400, 500)
Manual zoom using independent zoom ring
95 mm snap‒on Front Lens Cap LC‒95, Rear Lens Cap LF‒4, Bayonet Hood HB‒71, Lens Case CL‒1434
1. Nikon reserves the right to change the specifications of the hardware described in these specifications at any time and without prior notice.
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