Nikon 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S Nikkor Lens with Built-in Hood & Detachable Tripod Mount - U.S.A. Warranty


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About Nikon 300mm F/4

The Nikon 300mm F/4 is commonly used for Sports/action, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 300mm F/4 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast among others.The Nikon 300mm F/4 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 300mm F/4: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Simple controls and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (40),Fast / accurate auto-focus (36),Lightweight (27),Durable (23),Consistent output (21),Rugged (21),Easily interchangeable (15),Nice bokeh (14),Clear glass (12),Easily mounted (12),Simple controls (10)
Heavy (6),Tripod mount (4)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (26),Wildlife photos (26),Wildlife (16),Photojournalism (6),Travel (6),General purpose (5),Landscape/scenery (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (15),Photo enthusiast (14),Semi-pro photographer (11),Semi-professional (6)

Nikon 300mm F/4 Features

  • Super fast, super quiet lens using Nikon's Silent Wave motor technology
  • Compact super-telephoto lens for travel, sports, wildlife and stock photography
  • M/A switch for fast transitions from AF to manual focus
  • No power drain when manually focusing

Nikon 300mm F/4 Specifications

6 Groups/ 10 Elements (2ED)
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of view
8° 10'
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
5 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
8.8 x 3.5 in.
3 .1 lbs.
ED glass element, Internal Focusing

Nikon 300mm F/4 Reviews

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(based on 56 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Lens!

I have a nature photography business and this is a GREAT lens - it's light enough and fast enough that I can hand hold it and still get a great crisp shot. I highly recommend it!


Most Liked Negative Review


Good Glass, Weak Tripod Mount

This is a great lens brought down by a very poor tripod mount. At slow shutter speeds (say from about 125 on down) it is very difficult to get a sharp image due to the weakness of the mount. If you're shooting at high shutter speeds, you'll probably be OK, but when the light gets dim, watch out!There are 3rd party collars available that provide an improvement (at a price - around [$]) from the usual suspects, they are worth the investment if you plan to use this lens in low light.

Reviewed by 56 customers


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from Westfield  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have, in the past, bought used equipment from Adorama and found their ratings of their used equipment is just as described or better. I feel very confident in purchasing used equipment from Adorama. This lens came packaged very well for the sometime, lately, rough handling of the delivery services. WELL DONE Adorama.




from Lafayette, CO  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is sharp. Even with a 1.4 teleconverter attached, it is reasonably sharp. F/4 gives a stop or stop and a half over most of the zoom lenses out there, as well. For dedicated telephoto work, like wildlife photography, this lens is the best in the under $1500 category by a mile.


Great lens


from Colorado  -  Photo Enthusiast

I needed a high quality longer lens for wildlife shots. By itself, this lens is super sharp, has quick autofocus, and is relatively inexpensive compared to other lenses I was considering. Pairing this lens with a 1.7 teleconverter gets me out to 500mm when I need it, and it is still pretty darn sharp. It doesn't have the vibration reduction technology, but I typically use high enough shutter speeds that the lack of VR doesn't really matter. This lens is great, and paired with a teleconverter, is a great way to get a long lens in the 500mm range without breaking the bank. And the combo is (relatively) light for 500mm reach, letting me hand hold it most of the time.


Great lens, especially for the money


from Wetumpka, Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

Wild life photography Light weight compared to the f2.8 If available, VR would make this even better


Amazingly sharp 300mm for bargain price


from Athol, MA  -  Pro Photographer

I primarily shoot wildlife, birds to be specific. I stepped up from a Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 with a 1.4tc that gave me very good results. The Nikon blows it away in sharpness and detail on my D7100. Focus is very fast in good light, still produces excellent results even in overcast conditions. This is a stellar lens for wildlife and sports. It's not the lightest lens by far and dwarfs the 70-300 VR in size but worth the extra $$. I shoot handheld 90% of the time and don't miss VR at all since I'm usually shooting at 1/2000 or above to freeze action and get tack sharp images. I also have the Nikon TC14E-II attached to it to extend the focal lenght to 420mm. I would recommend this lens to anyone looking to shoot wildlife or sports you won't regret it.


Clear Photos


from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am using this lens mainly with a Sigma 1.4X TC for wildlife photography. It gives nice, clear images. When not used with the Sigma TC, it is a fast focusing lens!!! The lack of Vibration Reduction technology does not seems to bother me at all!!! I think this is a good pick for the price.


Sharp lens


from Fairfield, Ct.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Replaced a Sigma 100-300 which wasn't very good on my D800. This lens is much sharper, even with a 1.4 teleconverter.


Tack Sharp


from Kaplan, La  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great lens!! I not a fan of zoom lens and have mostly prime lens in my bag and wanted to add a longer fixed focal lens. So, I picked up this lends and after well over a hundred images, I have to say it performs as what would be expected of a great Nikon lens.


very good. focus rapidly, good qiality,


from urbana, il  -  Semi-pro Photographer

It is great to shot photo of wildlife. I got many wonderful pictures of redtailed hawk, Canada goose, squerals, deer, etc. Light weight, good quality


Yeah Baby!


from Castle Rock, CO  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Super sharp and creates absolutely beautiful images with great bokeh!! I love this lens!!!


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Tim W  What TC is best for this lens? Especially still allow adequate autofocus.
ROBERT K  The Nikon TC-14E II; It is a 1.4 X teleconverter. Do not even think about buying any other brand than this Nikon teleconverter. This lens/converter combo is virtually as sharp as the lens is alone. You will have to really magnify and pixel peep to see any discernible difference. Google Nikon's recommended lens and teleconverter combinations. They will only recommend this teleconverter.
Mike N  I have this lens now. Is there a better tripod ring and foot than the one which comes with the lens? Thank you!!
BRADLEY C  Good morning, Mike. Brief preface: My name is not Bradley, it is Erik. I am a photographer for work and my 300 f4 was destroyed due to a work accident. Brad (my boss) paid for the new one for me, ergo I am in Adorama's computer as Bradley (specifically for this particular lens.) Anyhow, I have also had some minor issues with my tripod mount not being all that substantial for this lens so I got a Kirk NC-300 as a replacement / upgrade. It was about ten-fifteen percent of the price of this lens and I like it better, but I don't know if I really like it all THAT much better. Obviously, it's your call. If you shoot this lens from a tripod a lot - especially if you're at odd angles - the Kirk is a good choice. I hope this has been helpful. - Erik
Shopper  Does this lens work with the Nikon Teleconverters? Specifically with the TC-20E III. Thanks.
Helen O  The TC-20E III will work with this lens, although autofocus will not be functional.
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