AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR


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With a 200–500mm focal-length range and constant f/5.6 aperture, this FX-format super-telephoto lens delivers incredible flexibility. Benefit from unwavering performance whether you shoot wildlife, birds, planes, or fast-paced sports.


Extend your reach with just one lens

Sports. Nature. Travel. From big vistas to the big game, this versatile FX-format super-telephoto lens captures superb stills and movies.


The 200–500mm focal-length range (DX-format equivalent: 300–750mm) offers exceptional reach—perfect for capturing elusive birds and mammals in crisp detail. The constant f/5.6 aperture enables comfortable speed and smooth control over depth of field across the entire zoom range. And when your subject is close, a minimum focus distance of just 2.2 m ensures rich detail.


Advanced Vibration Reduction (VR) and SPORT VR

Shoot handheld without worrying about the effects of camera shake. Reliably track fast-moving subjects with SPORT VR—even when they’re moving erratically.


Nikon’s impressive Vibration Reduction system dramatically reduces blur—especially when shooting towards the super-telephoto end of the zoom range. You can shoot at shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower, great for capturing dramatic shots during the ‘golden hour’.¹ And SPORT VR mode lets you track the action with incredible clarity. This mode delivers a stable viewfinder image, which is helpful when shooting exceptionally fast action, or when panning.


Exceptional optical performance

Expect clear, high-resolution images even when shooting at super-telephoto distances. Benefit from edge-to-edge sharpness with minimal distortion.


Performance is superb thanks to an optical construction featuring three extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements. ED glass counters chromatic aberration for images with vivid colour and perfectly rendered contrast all the way to the edge of the frame.


Speed and precision

Built to partner Nikon’s fast DSLRs, this lens responds swiftly and precisely. An electromagnetic diaphragm ensures precise exposures at high frame rates.


Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor offers fast autofocusing with seamless manual override. The fixed maximum aperture of f/5.6 enables AF operation even when using a 1.4x teleconverter (attached to an f/8-compatible camera). The electromagnetic diaphragm operates in sync with the fastest shutter speeds and frame rates, even when using an optional teleconverter.


Good to go

Portable and manageable when locked, this super-telephoto makes traveling with a long lens a little easier.

Travel easily with a long lens that packs up small. The zoom-lock switch keeps the lens secure when not in use. The tripod foot helps to keep the lens stable when using a tripod. And a detachable hood and soft case ensure the lens remains free from scratches, dust, dirt, and the effects of the elements.

Technical Specifications

Focal length200-500mm
Maximum aperturef/5.6
Minimum aperturef/32
Lens construction19 elements in 12 groups (including 3 ED glass elements)
Angle of viewNikon film SLR and FX-format D-SLR cameras: 12°20′-5°00′. Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 8°00′-3°10′

Minimum focus distance

2.2m from focal plane (throughout the entire zoom range)
Maximum reproduction ratio0.22x
No. of diaphragm blades9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Additional information

¹ In Normal mode based on CIPA standard.

Material code
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR - JAA822DA