|AF-S||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|E||The lens is equipped with electromagnetic aperture control and provides very accurate and fast exposure which is very important in continuous autofocus mode.|
|PF||The lens incorporates PF elements which cancel chromatic aberrations at various wavelengths. This technology results in smaller and lighter lenses in comparison with traditional designs with no compromise in image quality.|
|ED||The lens incorporates low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.|
|VR||The lens is equipped with optical image stabilizer. The stabilizer allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without stabilizer you will have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.|
|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:||16 elements in 10 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||9|
|Closest focusing distance:||140 cm|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Silent Wave Motor|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Stabilizer features:||VR NORMAL|
|Stabilizer efficiency:||up to 4.5 stops|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø89 x 147.5 mm|
|Materials:||High-quality plastic barrel|
|Fluorine coating:||Front element|
|Filter size:||77 mm|
Design and Features
The lens barrel is heavy, made of high-quality plastic. The lens mount is metallic.
The lens features A/M - M/A - M focus mode switch.
|A/M||Autofocus mode that reduces the sensitivity of the manual override to prevent unexpected switching from auto to manual.|
|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).
A fluorine coating has been applied to the outer surface of the front lens element to repel particles of dust, water or oil drops for easier cleaning of the lens surface.
The lens features optical image stabilizer, which, according to the manufacturer, compensates up to 4.5 stops of shutter speed. Theoretically it allows to capture sharp images of static subjects at shutter speeds down to 1/13 second*).
*) without the need to increase ISO sensitivity and/or use a tripod, at the same lighting conditions and at the same aperture
At the choice of the photographer the image stabilizer can operate in one of the following modes:
|VR NORMAL||Corrects vertical and horizontal camera shake. Automatically detects panning and then corrects camera shake only in one direction.|
|VR SPORT||Allows a continuous shooting frame rate and release time lag similar to those that are possible when image stabilizer is turned off. Automatically detects panning and then corrects camera shake only in one direction.|
It is often thought that image blur caused by camera shake can be prevented by using a tripod. Actually, however, even using a tripod may result in image blur because of tripod vibration caused by mirror or shutter movement at the time of exposure. The image stabilizer automatically differentiates the frequency of the vibration from that of camera shake, and changes algorithm to correct image blur caused by slight tripod vibration.
|Sensor size:||35.9×24 mm|
|Vignetting at F/4:||-1.01 EV|
|Efficiency of Image Stabilizer:||up to 4.3 stops|
|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/4D IF-ED||2000||⊗|