|AF-P||The lens is equipped with stepping motor to provide smooth, fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|DX||The lens is designed only for Nikon APS-C digital SLR cameras.|
|ED||The lens incorporates low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.|
|Position in the lineup|
|Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3G ED VR||Aug 2016||⊗|
|Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3G ED||Aug 2016||⊗|
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|Diagonal angle of view:||22.8°-5.4° (Nikon APS-C)
|Lens construction:||14 elements in 10 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||7|
|Closest focusing distance:||110 cm|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Stepping (Nikon F)|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø72 x 125 mm|
|Filter size:||58 mm|
Design and Features
The lens barrel is of moderate weight, made of plastic. The lens mount is plastic.
The focusing ring is not physically coupled with the focusing mechanism and works electronically (focus-by-wire) - turning of the ring actuates an electric motor that moves the focusing group of the lens to the proper position to achieve sharp focus.
The lens lacks focusing mode switch, therefore you have to set the automatic or manual focus mode from the camera. Full-Time Manual Focus is available.
Full-Time Manual Focus with lenses equipped with stepping or linear motor is performed in the following way - half-press the shutter button, wait until the camera has finished the autofocusing and then focus manually without releasing the shutter button using the focusing ring.
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 58 mm which are easy to find. They are also inexpensive.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
The lens does not feature optical image stabilizer. It is a significant disadvantage for a lens of such class - the need for image stabilization only grows with increasing of focal length. In order to obtain sharp images with this lens, you will need to use a tripod or shutter speeds not longer than 1/300 second (at focal length of 300 mm) which may require in some cases increasing the ISO setting and will lead to noisy images.
Fully compatible cameras: D5600, D5500, D5300(*), D3400, D3300(*), D500 and later models.
Compatible cameras with limited functions: D5, D810 series, Df, D750, D7200, D7100, D5200.
Incompatible cameras: D4 series, D3 series, D2 series, D1 series, D800 series, D700, D610, D600, D300 series, D200, D100, D7000, D5100, D5000, D90, D80, D70 series, D3200, D3100, D3000, D60, D50, D40 series.
(*) Firmware update may be required.