|E||The lens features electromagnetic aperture control.|
|AF-S||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|D||The lens transmits distance information to the camera.|
|ED||The lens incorporates low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.|
|IF||The lens has internal focusing. Learn more|
|Position in the lineup|
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4E PF ED VR||Jan 2015||⊗|
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4D IF-ED||Aug 2000||⊗|
|Nikon AF Nikkor 300mm F/4 IF-ED||Jun 1987||⊗|
|Nikon AI-S Nikkor 300mm F/4.5 IF-ED||Dec 1981||⊗|
|Nikon AI-S Nikkor 300mm F/4.5||Nov 1981||⊗|
|Nikon AI Nikkor 300mm F/4.5 IF-ED||Aug 1978||⊗|
|Nikon AI Nikkor 300mm F/4.5 ED||⊗|
|Nikon AI Nikkor 300mm F/4.5||1977||⊗|
|Nikon Nikkor 300mm F/4.5 ED||Mar 1977||⊗|
|Nikon Nikkor 300mm F/4.5||Jan 1975||⊗|
|Nikon Nikkor-H 300mm F/4.5||Jan 1969||⊗|
|Nikon Nikkor-P 300mm F/4.5||Jul 1964||⊗|
|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||8.2° (35mm full frame)|
|5.4° (Nikon APS-C)|
|Lens construction:||10 elements in 6 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||9|
|Closest focusing distance:||145 cm|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Silent Wave Motor|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø90 x 222.5 mm|
|Filter size:||77 mm|
Design and Features
The lens barrel is large, heavy, made of metal. The lens mount is metallic.
The lens features M/A - M focus mode switch.
|M/A||Autofocus mode that allows switching to manual focus with virtually no time lag - even during autofocus servo operation and regardless of autofocus mode in use.|
|M||Manual focus mode.|
The lens features focusing distance range limiter which allows to choose between the following focusing distance ranges:
|FULL||Full range of focusing distances.|
|3 m - ∞||Range of focusing distances suitable for shooting distant subjects.|
By setting the suitable focusing distance range, the actual autofocusing time can be shorter.
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 77 mm which are easy to find. However, filters of such size are more expensive and mainly used with professional lenses.
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 which may require in some cases increasing the ISO setting and will lead to noisy images.
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 1 MB|
Alternatives (AF, 264..336 mm)
|Nikon AF Nikkor 300mm F/4 IF-ED||1987||⊗|
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4E PF ED VR||2015||⊗|