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Nikon Nikkor 500mm F/4 P ED IF Manual Focus Lens {39}

Nikon Cameras
KEH Model# 220925

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Nikon Nikkor 500mm F/4 P ED IF Manual Focus Lens {39} Description


The Nikkor 500mm f/4 P ED IF is a professional level large aperture super-telephoto manual focus lens for Nikon F-mount 35mm film and digital SLR cameras. It's a renowned if not legendary lens that's been used for some of the worlds best wildlife and nature photography. It's a lens that produces top-tier optical performance and seriously high magnification without the additional weight required by a 600mm f/4 or autofocus motors; this combination of capabilities and top-level mechanical construction have made design an particularly popular hit with photographers who backpack their gear.

Optically this monster tele is brilliant, it uses 8 elements in 6 groups (not counting the protective front glass or rear drop-in filter) including three ED (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements to minimize abberations while producing most excellent sharpness, contrast & color. The f/4 maximum aperture allows a relatively bright viewfinder and produces tremendous background blur that re-enforces the sharpness with background separation. The f/4 aperture also makes practical use of high quality Nikon teleconverters such as the TC-14B and TC-301 possible.

Even though it's a manual focus lens the 500mm P ED IF actually has electronics that communicate with Nikon autofocus cameras to convey aperture and focal length information for metering and exposure control. It's one of the proud few Nikon Ai-P lenses meaning it has a built-in chip and electronic contacts for the CPU in the mount. This AI-P design allows Nikon camera Shutter Priority and Program Autoexposure modes to work without issue.

The Nikkor 500mm f/4 P ED IF was originally released in 1988. As of 2017 the Nikkor 500mm f/4 P ED is still the lightest 500mm f/4 lens available. Newer 500mm designs exist but this is an outstanding lens and value if you don't need autofocus.

Key Features

  • Nikon F-mount fast aperture 500mm
  • 5° angle of view
  • Outstanding optics deliver excellent sharpness, contrast & color
  • 3 ED (Extra Low Dispersion) elements
  • Bright f/4 maximum aperture
  • Useable with high quality teleconverters
  • Ai-P chip and CPU contacts enhance compatibility with AF & digital bodies
  • Mechanical aperture control allows use on broad range of cameras or adapters
  • Lightweight 3.0kg
  • Professional grade construction
  • Integral rotating tripod mount
  • Integral strap mounts
  • Classic Nikon crinkle finish
  • Front glass protects 1st ED element
  • Accepts 39mm drop in filters and 122mm front filters

Available accessories include the CT-500 Trunk Case, HE-17 Extension Hood, TC-14B teleconverter, TC-301 teleconverter, C-PL1S drop-in circular polarizer.

KEH Specifications

  • Focal Length: 500mm
  • Aperture Maximum: f/4
  • Aperture Minimum: f/22
  • Camera Mount Type:  Nikon F
  • Format Compatibility: Nikon FX/35mm film
  • Angle of view: 5 degrees
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 20'
  • Elements/Groups: 8/6
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9
  • Tripod Collar: Yes
  • Filter Thread: 122mm
  • Dimensions: 138 x 384mm
  • Weight: 6.61 lb


General information

Manufacturer Part Number 1447
Brand Name Nikon
Product information
Lens Type Long / Telephoto

Technical Information

Fixed Focal Length 500 mm
Max Aperture f/4

Physical Characteristics

Lens Mount Nikon F Mount Ai & contacts (Ai-P)