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Nikon 500mm f/4E FL ED AF-S VR

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The Nikon 500mm f/4E FL ED AF-S VR is a professional-grade super telephoto lens and update to the Nikon 500mm f/4G AF-S VR. Key features include:

  • Four-stop vibration reduction

  • Fast, nearly silent autofocus and full-time manual focus

  • Electromagnetic aperture

  • Excellent sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity

What’s New. The two primary upgrades are a redesigned optical formula that enables a lighter overall weight with improved image quality, and an electromagnetic aperture mechanism that offers more accurate and consistent exposures.

Super Telephoto. These lenses are designed and optimized for professional sports and wildlife shooters, providing extremely fast autofocus with stellar image quality. The Nikon 500mm f/4E offers a good compromise of aperture for additional reach.

Redesigned Build and Optics. In what might be the most notable change from the AF-S VR, Nikon managed to shave 1.69 lbs. off the lens’s weight by switching to a magnesium alloy die-cast lens barrel. Additionally, two fluorite lens elements and two ED lens elements work in tandem to reduce chromatic aberrations while ensuring overall image sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity. As expected, you’re still getting pro-grade dust-, moisture-, and weather-sealing for peace of mind in less-than-ideal conditions.

Advanced Vibration Reduction. The in-lens vibration reduction provides up to four stops of correction for low-light shooting. Combined with the weight reduction, this allows the 500mm f/4E FL ED AF-S VR to be used handheld when needed. There’s also a dedicated VR Sport Mode that recognizes panning motion to provide accurate compensation for camera shake.

Silent Wave Autofocus Motor. The Silent Wave Motor provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance. The internal focusing design retains the overall lens length during operation while contributing to a lighter overall weight. Full-time manual focus override is as simple as rotating the focus ring at any time.

Electromagnetic Aperture. Provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.

Our lenses do not come with a tripod plate, please rent one here if you need one.

PLEASE NOTE: Unlike our other lenses, the super telephoto lenses will be shipped in soft cases which can be used to transport the lens during your rental period.


Focal Length 500mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance 11.9' (3.63 m)
Magnification 0.14x
Elements/Groups 16/12
Diaphragm Blades 9


Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating


Filter Thread Drop-in:40.5 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 5.51 x 15.24" (140 x 387 mm)
Weight 6.81 lb (3.09 kg)

Nikon 500mm f/4E FL ED AF-S VR

Case - Lightware Z400 Long Lens

Filter - Nikon 40.5mm Drop-in UV

Hood - Nikon HK-34

Nikon 4171 Soft Lens Cap

Nikon Rear Lens Cap