Nikon Is Developing a 500mm f/5.6 Lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

June 14, 2018

Nikon has a new prime lens up its sleeve.

The company said it is currently developing what will be called the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens, which it promises will be “significantly smaller and lighter than comparable predecessors” thanks to the incorporation of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element. The PF element allows the company to combat chromatic aberration using lighter and smaller glass than conventional approaches.

Nikon has another telephoto prime with a PF element, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens, introduced in January 2015.

Nikon says the lens will be “small and light enough to use hand-held in a wide variety of situations where a photographer must capture unpredictable and fast-moving subjects.”

Pricing, availability and additional specs will be announced at a later date.

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