Nikon 500mm f/5.6E PF is here: availability and price announced

Nikon is launching a lightweight supertelephoto 500mm f5.6 prime which is bound to excite wildlife, sports and aviation photographers which can not afford the heavyweight alternatives. Nikon announced that it was working on the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens back in June – and now the big-tom lens is a reality, going on sale in September.

Weighing in at just 1460g , is is under half the weight of the existing AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR lens. Despite being a stop slower, the huge drop in weight is going to increase the appeal of a 500mm prime. The weight of the new lens is about the same as the popular AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. The price is also significantly cheaper too - about £6000 less expensive than the 500mm f/4, to be precise.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.