Jul 092015
Nikon 500mm f4 fl ed vr

Nikon 500mm f4 Fl ed vr

Nikon announced the new Nikon 500mm f4 fl ed vr super telephoto lens. The new lens has 2 fluorite and 3 Ed elements in the lens construction. Earlier Nikon didn’t want to use fluorite elements, but changed this opinion several years ago, and made the Nikon 800mm f/5.6 fl ed vr and the Nikon 400mm f/2.8 fl ed vr lenses. Canon constantly using fluorite elements in their mostly super expensive telephoto lenses for decades.

The lens also has fluorine Nano christal and Sic (Super Integrated) coatings as well to reduce flare and cromatic aberrations.

Compare to the predecessor, the new Nikon 500mm is lighter (3.09 vs 3.87kg), has better sharpness and autofocus, and has three fluorite elements, which the older lens lacks. Fluorite is lighter than normal glass and better optically as well.

Nikon 500mm f4 fl ed vr specification

Below you can find the specification of the new lens compared to the Canon 500mm f/4 is II lens. It is interesting that the lens construction is similar for both lenses 16 elements in 12 groups. Both lens has more fluorite elements for better imaginery.

Nikon 500mm f4 fl ed vr
Nikon 500mm f/4 vr (older)
Canon 500mm f/4 is
Nikon F mount Nikon F mount Canon EF mount
Filter size:
40.5 mm drop in 52 mm drop in 52mm drop in
Lens elements / groups:
16 / 12 14 / 11 16 /12
Exotic Lens elements:
3 fluorite and 2 Ed elements 3 Ed elements 2 Fluorite elements
3.09 kg (6.81 lbs. ) 3.87 kg (8.54 lbs. ) 3.19 kg (7.03 lbs.)
146 x 383 mm (5.51 x 15.24 ” ) 139.7 x 391.2 mm (5.5 x 15.4 ” ) 140 x 387 mm (5.75 x 15.08 ” )
Close focus distance:
3.63 m (11.9 ‘) 3.85 m (12.63′) 3.7 m (‘12.14)
yes ring-type ultrasonic yes ring-type ultrasonic yes ring-type ultrasonic
yes 4 stops yes 3 stops yes 4 stops
Front element rotates:
No No No
Moving barrel elements during focusing:
No No No
Focus preset modes:
Yes Yes Yes
Vr on-off-sport, memory recall, mf-af, focus limiter 8m, sound on-off Mf-af, vr on-off, focus limiter, focus lock, af memory Stab 1-2-3 settings, mf-af, focus preset modes, focus mode switch, focus limiter, focus mode selector
Lens Mount material:
Metal Metal Metal
Full frame Full frame Full frame
0.14x 0.14x 0.15x
Reproduction ratio:
1:7 1:7 1:7
Aperture blades:
9 rounded diaphragm blades 9 rounded diaphragm blades 9 rounded diaphragm blades
Distance scale:
yes yes yes
Focal length:
500 mm 500 mm 500 mm
Max Aperture:
f/4 f/4 f/4
Min Aperture:
f/22 f/22 f/22
Angle of view:
5° on Full frame 5° on Full frame 5° on Full frame
FTM (Manual focus override):
yes yes yes
Focus limiter:
yes yes yes
Tripod mount ring:
yes yes yes
Lens hood:
yes yes yes
yes yes yes
Sealing against dust / moisture:
yes yes yes
Tilt / shift:
No No No
10,300 USD 9000 USD 8300 USD

Nikon 500mm f4 fl ed vr price

The initial price of the lens is 10,300 USD. (In the EU much more).

Nikon 500mm f4 fl ed vr availability

The lens will be available in July 2015 according to recent information.