Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF II AF-S VR (Vibration Reduction) Telephoto Auto Focus Nikkor Lens with 5 Year U.S.A. Warranty.

Nikon

About Nikon

Aimed squarely at professional photographers, the 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor makes spectacular photography possible, even in the most demanding lighting conditions. The first Nikkor lens to incorporate Nano-Crystal AR Coat, the 300mm f/2.8G ED sets a new standard for super-telephoto performance.

The ultra-fast f/2.8 maximum aperture allows photographers to work in nearly any situation and offers the important ability to obscure unwanted backgrounds. Three high-performance Nikkor ED glass elements virtually eliminate chromatic aberration and the new Nano-Crystal AR Coat and a meniscus front element further reduce internal reflections, enhancing optical performance.

Nikon Vibration Reduction technology makes sharp handheld photography possible in lower light than would otherwise be possible. Nikon VR works in two modes: The Normal Mode compensates for camera shake and includes automatic detection of panning and tripod use. The Active Mode effectively compensates for vibration in situations where it is more pronounced and more frequent, such as when shooting from a moving vehicle.

Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation. Internal focusing smoothes focusing and improves handling balance. Nikon's new Nano-Crystal AR Coat is applied to select lens elements of the new 300mm f/2.8G ED. Contributing to the virtual elimination of ghost and flare, this coating ensures clear and vivid images, even under powerful direct light. Created and refined in Nikon's advanced semiconductor manufacturing business, the 300mm f/2.8G ED marks the debut of Nano-Crystal AR Coat in a consumer photographic product. New also for this lens is a meniscus protective glass element, which minimizes reflections while protecting the front ED element.

Compatibility with Nikon's TC-14EII (1.4x), the new TC-17EII (1.7x) and TC-20EII (2x) teleconverters extend the flexibility and reach to as long as 600mm on a 35mm film SLR, or the equivalent of 900mm on a Nikon digital SLR.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (8),Strong construction (6)
Cons:
Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (5),Wildlife (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (5)

Nikon Features

  • Super Fast Telephoto AF-S Lens with Vibration Reduction and new Nano-Crystal AR coat.
  • Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) technology offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 3 stops faster. In addition, active vibration mode selection possible for use in active situations such as a moving boat, car or plane and provides VR performance with Automatic detection of panning
  • VR On/Off mode available
  • Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing
  • Exceptionally high optical performance; compatible with both 35mm and digital SLR models
  • Three ED glass elements effectively compensates for magnification and virtually eliminate chromatic aberration Meniscus protective glass element to overcome internal reflections from digital imaging sensor
  • Focus Mode switch enables quick response to changing situations with quick-switching between M/A (Manual-Priority Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus) modes. AF operation switch enables easy selection of settings
  • Focus Preset function instantly recalls a preset focal point
  • Focus Limiter switch limits AF-servo movement to a selected shooting distance range

Nikon Specifications

Construction
11 elements in 8 groups (with 3 ED glass elements); +1 meniscus protective glasselement.
Angle of view
8 degrees 10 minutes
F stop range
2.8 - 22
Closest Focusing Distance
2.2m (86.6 in./ 7.2 ft.)
Maximum Magnification
1:6.1 (x 0.16)
Filter Size
52mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
Approx. 124 x 268 mm (4.9 x 10.6 in.)
Weight
Approx. 2.85 kg (6.38 lbs)
Notes
Rotating Tripod Collar

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

From a 1 to 5 rating I give this lens a 10

I use this lens to photograph landscapes and matched up with the D3x, D3s, D3 or the D700 with a try pod is incredible and I am very very hard to please. The detail in landscapes will knock your socks off.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor connections

My lens seems to have a problem with the electrical connections between the lens and camera - I know it's the lens since the problems exist when using this particular lens with other camera bodies - and I have no issues when using other Nikkor lenses - I've had the lens into service a couple of times - all to no avail. When it happens - I lose the AF feature. This lens is a lemon in my opinion - or at least the one I have is.

Reviewed by 15 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The One to Buy!

By

from Undisclosed

I needed a lens to surpass the limited reach of my 70-200 2.8, a lens i adore. I'd purchased both the TC-17eII and the T-20eIII in an effort to do just that but soon discovered merely adequate results from that combo. I struggled to get into wildlife comfort zones without having to creep about for hours and started to read about this 300mm and its' stellar performance with the teleconverters. From the first shot, I knew I'd made the right choice. The images at 600mm under the right circumstances can be remarkable. Without stepping down, I can hand held at 600 with awesome results. I'm very happy with this lens!

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good overall lens

By

from landstuhl germany

Very good lens for the price. Not the highest quality but still very good

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extraodinary

By

from Tanzana, Africa.

I chose this lens over the 200-400 for a number of reasons. The 300 is lighter and, in my opinion, clear than the 200-400. I enjoy shooting birds free handed, in flight, so moving the heavier lens for any period of time my arms would not be able to take the added weight. The 300, in my opinion, is one of Nikon's best optic lens on the market.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Performer with unsurpassed Image Quality

By

from Waukesha, WI

Right from the first day we received this lens it has been a Performer with Image Quality unsurpassed by any other lens we possess. Focusing is quick in both auto or for those instances when manual is required. I literally manually focus using the tips of my fingers it moves so easily, and goes from near to infinity with one placement of my fingers on the focus barrel. Control switches are optimally positioned and easily changed even during a shot. We combine this lens with a Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E II for serious nature photography or by itself as a super-telephoto prime for weddings. It is a real work horse for us, the best investment we have ever made to our business.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

From a 1 to 5 rating I give this lens a 10

By

from California

I use this lens to photograph landscapes and matched up with the D3x, D3s, D3 or the D700 with a try pod is incredible and I am very very hard to please. The detail in landscapes will knock your socks off.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The only lens for sports photography

By

from Virginia

This lens is a "must have" for any serious sports photographer. It is my only lens for outdoor sports including baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and football. Coupled with a D-700 or better, night game action shots become very manageable. The auto focus is amazing. Subjects snap in focus even under low-light conditions.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I use it for a wide range of applications.

By

from North West Louisiana

As a serious amateur I like to mix my photography up from time to time and I wanted a lens that would lend itself well to a wide range of applications. When I purchased this one I had in mind to use it primarily for wildlife but soon found it to be extremely versatile in so many other applications. I use it for close-up, portrait, landscape, sports and wildlife and the fast focus, sharpness, and image quality are phenomenal.

(3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poor connections

By

from Denver, CO

My lens seems to have a problem with the electrical connections between the lens and camera - I know it's the lens since the problems exist when using this particular lens with other camera bodies - and I have no issues when using other Nikkor lenses - I've had the lens into service a couple of times - all to no avail. When it happens - I lose the AF feature. This lens is a lemon in my opinion - or at least the one I have is.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

300mm f2.8

By

from florida

If you can buy just 1 telephoto, this is the one. Portraits will stun you, perfect for field sports, racing, indoors, outdoors, it is the King! Use one and you will NEVER give it back. It's big, heavy, expensive and probably my favorite lens. Does so much, just try it for portraits, you will be blown away. That poorly lit sports field is no match for the 300 on a D3. Can't say enough about it. One of the best lenses in Nikon's stable.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

New level of photography

By

from McLean, Virginia  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I use my 300/2.8 with a D300 for sports and wildlife. Its low-light and speedy autofocus capabilities have taken my photography to another level. The keeper shots are way up. I regularly get brilliantly crisp subjects against ghostly bokeh backgrounds. It is heavy. For sports, a monopod is a must. For wildlife I added a quick release mount to the monopod. This makes it quicker to snap the handheld camera/lens to the monopod. That's useful when I tire, and start shaking, but the subject (usually a bird) is still present.

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