Nikon have announced the development of a new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR.

No surprise this, as most camera companies are intent on making equipment lighter and smaller where they can, to appeal to their target users. The telephoto optics incorporating Phase Fresnel elements are a developing trend.

I have been lucky enough to use most of the 500mm Nikkor lenses possibly all of them at some stage, and there have been some fine ones to say the least. That said, they are not my usual focal lengths for my lines of work and of course are mostly used by wildlife and sports photographers.

Price and anticipated delivery date are not so helpfully missing from this announcement though.  Nikon are not alone in doing this, but surely for professional users in particular some guidance is only courtesy towards your users?

Here we go with the official announcement:

Nikon announces development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

New fixed focal length telephoto lens offers superior agility and optical performance

London, United Kingdom 14th June 2018: Nikon today announces the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR – a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.

The high-performance AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens is significantly smaller and lighter than other lenses of the same focal length due to the adoption of the same type of Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element used in the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, released in January 2015. Hand-held photography is easy with this compact lens, while its portability makes it suitable for a wide range of situations, from capturing fast-moving subjects at sporting events to unpredictable wildlife.

The lens’ release date and recommended retail price will be provided at a later date.

About Nikon’s Phase Fresnel (PF) Lens Element

The Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element, developed by Nikon, provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a regular glass lens element. Due to the use of a PF lens, a remarkably compact and lightweight lens body can be attained with fewer lens elements.

End. (14/06/18).