New NIKKOR 500mm Super-telephoto Lens is Super Lightweight

Alongside Nikon’s surprising Z 7 and Z 6 reveal, the company announced a new NIKKOR super-telephoto lens compatible with the cameras’ FX format.

The 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR is an FX format, super-telephoto lens that has a 500mm fixed focal length. It has a maximum diameter of 106mm and length of 237mm. Also — as you can probably guess — the 500mm is made to work perfectly with the Z 7 and Z 6. It can be mounted to both cameras with the Nikon FTZ lens adapter.

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR
The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR

Keeping Things Light

The 500mm itself looks super small, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Smaller designs usually mean less weight and the 500mm looks pretty lightweight for its class.

The inclusion of Phase Fresnel lens elements is one of the major players in the lens’ lightweight design. It reduces its size and weight to just 3.2 pounds — usually, 500mm lenses weight twice as much. The lens uses one Phase Fresnel element and three ED glass elements for “sharp and detailed” rendering that’s compatible with high pixel-count digital cameras. Also, the lens’ materials reduce flaring and ghosting.

Increased AF speed

The lens’ autofocus speed has been increased in coordination with the lighter lens elements. Also, inside the NIKKOR 500mm is a VR mechanism that offers shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop increase in shutter speed.

NIKKOR 500mm is resistant against dust and drips

For those working out in the elements, the 500mm is dust- and drip- resistant. There’s also a fluorine coat on the front of the lens’ surface that repels water droplets, grease, and dirt.

Nikon also announced the Dot Sight DF-M1

Nikon additionally revealed the Dot Sight DF-M1, describing it as “highly effective” with super-telephoto lenses.

The Dot Sight DF-M1
The Dot Sight DF-M1

“With super-telephoto shooting, a narrow field of view in the viewfinder tends to be made visible — making it easy to lose track of subjects. The Dot Sight DF-M1 makes it easy to keep track of the intended subject within the frame, even if the subject exhibits sudden movement,” claims Nikon.

Pricing and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR will be released September 13th for $3,599. The Dot Sight DF-M1 will be priced at $174.

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