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Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 IF-ED AF-S VR

Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 IF-ED AF-S VR lens

Ultrasonic AF

Lenses with ultrasonic focusing mechanism tend to be quiter and faster than traditionally focusing lenses.


No stepping motor AF

Lenses with stepping motor focusing mechanism are better for contrast based focusing, and are quiter and faster than traditionally focusing lenses.


One or more Low Dispersion lens element is used

Low Dispersion lens elements help to reduce chromatic aberration.


Built-in image stabilizer

Image stabilization helps to reduce blur caused by hand shake, especially at high focal length or in low light situations. Image stabilization can give 1 to 3 stop advantage over none stabilized lens, based on the reciprocal rule.


Metal mount

Cheaper lenses are usually equipped with plastic mount, while more expensive, professional lenses have metal mount. In general, metal mounts are more durable, and a good thing to have when lenses are changed a lot. When a camera is used mainly with one lens, the material of the lens mount is not that important.


Internal Focusing

Internally focusing lenses don't change their size while setting focus.


The front lens is fixed

The fixed front lens is not rotating during zoom and/or focusing. This allows the photographer to use petal shaped lens hood. Fixed front lenses also make the use of polarization filters a lot easier.


Weather Sealed

Weather sealed lenses are protected from dust and water. While they are not water proof, these lenses can be used in rain and other humid environments. Some sealings only provide protection against dust or water, not both. Sealing is only available when the lens is used on a similarly weather sealed camera body.


Supports drop-in filters

Drop-in filters are used in those lenses where either the front lens is too large, or the field of view doesn't permit the use of traditional filters at the front of the lens. Usually bright tele and ultra-wide angle lenses support this filter type.

VR permits shooting at shutter speeds 3 f/stops slower than otherwise possible without camera vibrations blurring your image. Panning automatically detected and compensated by VR. Advanced optical design, with 3 ED-glass elements that virtually eliminate secondary chromatic aberrations and enhance overall image quality. New Nano-Crystal AR coat combined with Nikon's Super-Integrated Coating further reduces flare and glare, especially under strong lighting. Exclusive Silent Wave Motor for ultra-high-speed autofocusing, exceptional accuracy, and super-quiet operation. Meniscus protective glass element eliminates internal reflections from digital imaging sensor. M/A mode for instant switching from autofocus to manual focus operation. Internal Focuing (IF) design for superior focusing, great body balance, and better handling. Preset focus buttoms enable instant focusing access for fixed-distance subjects. Fully compatible with AF-S Teleconverters TC-14E II and TC-20E II and AF-I Teleconverters TC-14E and TC-20E.

Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 IF-ED AF-S VR Specification

Available mount(s) Nikon F
Application(s) Sports, Wildlife
Category(s) Super telephoto
Stabilizer yes (3 f-stop advantage)
Focal length 300 mm (prime)
Lens construction 11 elements in 8 groups
Angle of view 35mm: 8.17°
digital: 5.3°
Number of blades 9
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum aperture f/22
Minimum focusing distance 220 cm
Magnification 0.16×
Filter size 52 mm
Size ∅ 124.5 × 267.5 mm
Weight 2870 g
Notes tripod collar
AF speed N/A
AF sound
Internal focusing yes
Internal zoom N/A
Fix front lens yes
Mount type metal
Weather sealed yes
Drop in filter yes
Ultrasonic AF yes
Stepping motor AF no
APS-C sized circle N/A
Low dispersion lens element yes
Hard case N/A
Soft case CL-L1 (included)
Lens hood HK-30 (included)
printable lens hood
Tripod adapter included
Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 IF-ED AF-S VR Specification

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