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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens

BH #NI3004E • MFR #2223
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • One Phase Fresnel Element
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
Combining long reach and a portable form factor, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR from Nikon is a prime telephoto that features a unique Phase Fresnel element to greatly reduce the size and weight compared to other 300mm lenses. This element, along with one extra-low dispersion glass element, also helps to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy. Individual elements also feature both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings to suppress flare and ghosting, as well as a protective fluorine coating to guard the optical system from dust and moisture.
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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Overview

Combining long reach and a portable form factor, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR from Nikon is a prime telephoto that features a unique Phase Fresnel element to greatly reduce the size and weight compared to other 300mm lenses. This element, along with one extra-low dispersion glass element, also helps to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy. Individual elements also feature both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings to suppress flare and ghosting, as well as a protective fluorine coating to guard the optical system from dust and moisture.

Benefitting the optical design, the lens also features a Silent Wave Motor AF system that produces fast, near-silent focusing performance to suit both stills shooting and movie recording, and which can instantly be manually overridden by simply turning the focus ring. Further contributing to photographing in fast-paced situations and difficult lighting, VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Additionally, an electromagnetic aperture mechanism is integrated into the lens design to provide greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with faster continuous shooting rates.

Telephoto prime designed for use with FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, this lens is also compatible with DX models where it will provide a 450mm equivalent focal length.
One Phase Fresnel element and one extra-low dispersion lens element work to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing; improve overall image sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity; and help to minimize the overall weight of the lens.
A Nano Crystal Coat, along with a Super Integrated Coating, has been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake by 4.5 stops, benefiting this lens's use in low-light conditions. Additionally, a designated Sport Mode is well-suited to working in fast-paced conditions and a Tripod Mode helps to suppress subtle ground vibrations when working atop a support system.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. An internal focusing design is also used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Fluorine-coated front element affords protection to the optical system.
Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.

This mechanism limits the compatibility of this lens to the following cameras: D5, D4, D3 series, Df, D850, D810, D810A, D800, D800E, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D300/S, D7500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, Nikon Z7/Z6 with FTZ, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4 with FT-1, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, and Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1.
Compatible with optional AF-S Teleconverter TC-14, TC-17, and TC-20 teleconverters.
UPC: 018208022236

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Specs

Focal Length300mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View8° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance4.59' / 1.4 m
Maximum Magnification0.24x
Optical Design16 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating (Optional)
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.5 x 5.81" / 89 x 147.5 mm
Weight26.63 oz / 755 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.815 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.65 x 5.85 x 5.85"

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Reviews

Great Optics, Cheap Plastic

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-27

First, it is a great lens optically. The VR is very good. Ergonomics are fine, nothing to really fault. It is easily hand held. I have the older 300mm f/4 and the 300mm f/2.8 VR, and this is noticably smaller and lighter. The cheap plastic filter threads, lack of an included tripod mount, and small plastic switches for the focus and VR modes seem out of place on a lens that is $2000.00. We'll have to see how it holds up.

Great prime lens!

By E. Crosby
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-18

I purchased this lens after several years of debate and am really glad I did, even though I shoot exclusively with Nikon Z series camera bodies. I've had a 300 f/4 Nikkor Af lens since the mid 90s but have rarely used it in the past 20 years due to its slow focus, noisy, and temperamental nature (especially with mirror less). I actually used it on a portrait shot yesterday with a young ballerina for a different perspective on my Z7ii. I was very pleased with its ability using the FTZ adapter under overcast lighting. My only problem was the longer focal length distance requirements as I had to rethink most of my positioning with my subject. Full length shots demanded much greater distances (duh) than my usual practice. Headshots were sharp as a tack though! Very pleased.

Technological advances change everything!!!

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-11

I have been buying Nikon gear for 40 years and I think lenses like this will eventually eliminate the need for more expensive lenses... Why spend $5500 for a 300mm 2.8 lens? Is that 1 stop worth the extra weight, size and expense? I think NOT. PERHAPS it's slightly sharper, but this 300mm 4.0 PF is tack sharp, there's not much room for improvement! PERHAPS it can focus slightly faster, but this 300mm PF focuses incredibly fast (D850 and D500), even with my 1.4 and 2.0 converters attached (It does struggle a little with the 2.0 in low light). I struggled more with the thought of giving up my zoom lenses (80-400mm and 200-500mm) than I did with giving up the speed of larger glass. I like to have the option to compose my shot the way a zoom allows. However, when you really think about it, this is the digital age. As long as you capture the main subject in your image, you can use photo editing software to compose the image. Think about it, what's the first thing we do with all our photo files these days - load them into a photo editor. We load these huge 47 meg RAW images (D850) into a photo editor where we can CROP them how we want (who needs a zoom), compensate exposure, REDUCE NOISE and sharpen them how we want (who needs the larger glass). The advantages of the more expensive lenses are getting harder and harder to justify. This $2000 lens is an incredible value! Comparing it to my 80-400mm (a $2500 lens), it focuses much faster AND the 80-400mm doesn't work very well with either of my converters. I always thought my 80-400mm was pretty darn sharp, but this 300mm is noticeably sharper - the difference may not blow your mind, but it is without a doubt sharper! It is MUCH lighter and MUCH smaller than a 80-400mm or 300mm 2.8, even with the converters attached. Honestly, after just a few weeks of use, I see that this is a bigger plus that I imagined it would be - maybe I don't have the hand strength/size of the next guy, but I can maneuver this lighter/smaller rig so much easier when I need to quickly change settings and the lighter load on my neck is an added bonus! The only other thing I want to share is my difficulty choosing between the 300mm 4.0 PF and the 500mm 5.6 PF. I was afraid the 300mm wouldn't be long enough and I would regret not getting the 500mm. It's a tough decision, but I think I may have made the right choice. When I need more reach, I have a 1 stop advantage over the 500mm 5.6 PF and my 1.4 and 2.0 converters work very well with this 300mm. If the images are any less sharp with the converters it is very very slight and if I don't want to lose a stop with the 1.4 converter, I can switch to my D500 and take advantage of the 1.5x multiplier. If I need less reach, I occasionally need to step back, but you know what, even with my 80-400mm zoom I often need to step back (because of its minimum focus distance), so it was more instinctual to step back than I thought it would be. In contrast, I watched a fellow photographer walk around with the 500mm PF attached to a D500. It spent most of the day hanging from her neck while she used her other camera/lens, she was usually too close to use that 750mm equivalent combo! I think the 500mm may be too long for many situations, I think a 400mm PF might be the perfect all purpose light weight telephoto - but it doesn't exist!

Great Lightweight Lens

By Dale
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-31

I purchased this lens along with a the 500mm PF. This lens is sharp and works great with my D500. Also considering no PF lenses are on Nikon's Z roadmap yet, this will be a safe buy even when transitioning to mirrorless.

Light weight and vary sharp

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-25

This is a great walk around lens. I am using it with a 1.4 tc and it works fast and sharp.

Wow!!!

By Hal
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-11

I upgraded to this lens. My old 70 /300 5.6 was just becoming to much of a hassle to focus. I was spending most of my time zoomed out to the 300 mark any way. No more zooming out to focus and then recomposing the shot. Now If I see something on impulse, instant focus, shoot. Check the shot for focus and I can count the feathers, the stamens stand separate from the petals, and that's at F5.6 from 20 ft. away. I'm impressed. I have used the Nikon system for my images since 1989. The prime lenses never cease to amaze me for sharpness and control of my images.

wildlife photos up to about 100m

By Rolf
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-18

Lens is light and sharp, works well with my Nikon dslr and mirror less cameras except when sun shines directly into the front lens (minor problem mostly & has been described in other articles). Also is working quite well with extenders 1.4 & 1.7 at shutter speeds 1/500 s and apertures of about 8 to 11 or even more. My true rating would be 4.5 , not 5.

Sharp and Light

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-28

1.5 pounds lighter and three inches shorter than my old Nikon f/4 300 mm lens. It's a pleasure to hand hold. I am using it on a DX body with a 1.4 tele-extender to photograph birds and I'm very pleased with the photos that I'm getting. I'm a senior citizen with a fixed income and can't afford a 500mm or 600mm lens. Also, the VR helps with my arthritic hands and shoulder replacements.

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