Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED Lens

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Nikon 300mm f/4.0 overview

  • 1Description

Marrying long reach with a modest form factor, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED from Nikon is a versatile telephoto prime featuring an f/4 maximum aperture that affords a useful balance between speed and a lightweight design. The 10 elements, six groups optical layout contains a pair of extra-low dispersion elements, which help reduce color fringing and chromatic aberration in order to achieve greater clarity and color accuracy. A Super Integrated Coating is also featured, and helps suppress flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color neutrality in harsh lighting conditions. Complementing the optics, this lens also sports a Silent Wave Motor that offers quick, quiet focusing performance to suit photographing fast-moving subjects.

Telephoto prime is designed for FX-format F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it will provide a 450mm equivalent focal length range.
Two extra-low dispersion elements greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and color accuracy.
A Super Integrated Coating has been applied to individual elements to suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.
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.
Rotating tripod collar benefits working with the lens atop a tripod or monopod.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm promotes a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
Compatible with optional AF-S Teleconverter TC-14, TC-17, and TC-20 teleconverters.
In the Box
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED Lens
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-M2 Lens Case (Black)
  • Removable Tripod Collar
  • Limited 1-Year B&H Warranty
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    Nikon 300mm f/4.0 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 300mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4
    Minimum: f/32
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Angle of View 8° 10'
    Minimum Focus Distance 4.76' / 1.45 m
    Magnification 0.27x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.7
    Optical Design 10 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Features
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.54 x 8.76" / 90 x 222.5 mm
    Weight 3.17 lb / 1.44 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.8 x 7.5 x 7.5"

    Nikon 300mm f/4.0 reviews

    AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 225.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sensible choice for wildlife photography I bought this lens for a birding expedition in tropical rain forests and so far am very satisfied with its performance. It is much lighter and more portable than the 300mm f2.8 (and certainly more so than a 400mm)and is vastly less expensive, yet in most situations it takes photos that I believe to be just as sharp. For fine bird photography, where sharpness is essential, a tripod is necessary. I often used a Kenko 1.4 teleconverter with little, if any, discernible loss of sharpness. I also own a Nikon 80-400mm zoom and can attest to this lens's superiority over it, though the two lenses are of comparatively similar size, weight and price.
    Date published: 2010-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp trasure lens. It is intended to use on a tripod or a monopod for sports, but so far I only used it hand held. Shooting at 1/300, or faster, the lens provides very sharp pictures when held carefully, or braced with elbows over a railing etc. It is easy to shoot with high ISO on D700 and fast shutter. Much better picture quality than the 70-200/2.8 VR1 on D700, which is about the same size and weight. The picture quality compares to the 180/2.8 marvel lens or the famous 85/1.4 Nikkor. Provides the typical long lens perspective compression. Also works well with Kenko 1.4X PRO 300, but for this combination you may need to use a tripod.
    Date published: 2010-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great step-up over the Nikon 70-300 VR I upgraded from the Nikon 70-300 VR with the intention of photographing birds on a budget. This lens is a major improvement in almost every way over the 70-300. It focuses faster, is far sharper and has much nicer color rendition. Coupled with the Nikon 1.4 TC, this lens give you adequate reach to photograph smallish birds up to 40-50 feet away and larger birds up to 100 or so feet away. If you are patient and can get closer to the birds, then the lens performs tremendously. Highly recommended if your intention is a to take adequate bird photographs without spending many thousands of dollars on the exotic 500/600mm lenses.
    Date published: 2011-07-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp, Perfect for Wildlife This lens is tack sharp and produces wonderful bokeh, too. I have been using a 70-300 zoom lens with good results, but when I tried a friend's 300 mm f4 I was amazed at the difference and bought my own. My camera body is a D90 and I've discovered it is a far more capable camera than I imagined; good glass does make a difference! I was concerned that it does not have Vibration Reduction, but since it is most often used with a tripod or I'm shooting at higher shutter speeds, the lack of VR is not a problem. I also bought the 14E teleconverter which in strong light, extends the reach with little or no degradation in image quality.I love this lens!
    Date published: 2013-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should have bought this sooner I use this lens with a D5200 for shooting birds. I had been using the Nikkor 70-300mm VR previously. Wow, what a difference, and I'm not just talking about the price. The 300mm focuses faster, gets sharper pictures. The color and constrast seem to be better. With a Kenko 1.4x TC attached, tracking BIF can be problematic but image quality is still very high for stationary or slow moving objects. The lens is solidly built but it's not so heavy that it can't be shot handheld. This lens has no VR but I knew that going in so it's not an issue so far. All things considered, this lens has met or exceeded all my expectations. I'm very happy I bought this lens.
    Date published: 2014-07-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Optics I purchased this lens to get improved image quality in a faster lens and a longer reach in combination with a TC than my AF-S 70-300 VR could provide. Using primarily for wildlife photography. I had read the rave reviews of this lens's optical qualities prior to purchase, but now have a much better appreciation of Tack Sharp. I'm continually amazed at the image quality, revealing stunning details in my bird photographs I never imagined capturing. How about spotting a small black spot on the iris of an Osprey I now use to distinguish this male from others in the area? Only regret is waiting as long as I did prior to buying this lens.
    Date published: 2012-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you think you want it, stop fretting, buy it. This lens is everything I could have imagined. It is tack sharp and not really all that heavy. I have used it with the 1.4x converter also and it continues to be ultra sharp. If you have looked at this lens and wondered if you should buy it, do yourself a favor and purchase it. You will never be sorry. I used this at a zoo the other day with a Nikon 1.4x converter and photographed some elephants from about 25-30 yards away and was astounded when I could see the individual hairs and mud in and on their skin. BTW one elephant had a bug on his forehead......... Expertise: Semi Pro Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Nikon 80-200 2.8 AF-S ED Items I Recommend: UV filter
    Date published: 2007-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brings the Action In I have never had the money to purchase a 300mm f2.8 so when I purchased a D500 recently I was blown away with the iso capabilities the camera offered. So I started doing some research on line about my options and this lens just caught my eye for its specs but more importantly the price point. After just the 2nd football game I am selling photos with one mom saying it was like I was standing next to him when I took the photo. Another comment was from a local newspaper I can't believe you can see his eyes through the visor. When you get such positive feedback from your customers that says it all!
    Date published: 2016-09-20
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    Designed for use with:

    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
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