Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens

B&H # NI30028GAFSL MFR # 2186
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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
  • Magnesium Barrel; Moisture-Resistance
  • Auto Focus Memory Recall
  • 52mm Filter Diameter; Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Nikon 300mm f/2.8 overview

  • 1Description

The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens from Nikon delivers superior professional performance with rugged construction and sharp imaging. A telephoto prime lens compatible with both FX and DX format DSLRs, this fast aperture lens is perfect for sports photojournalism, wild life photography, portraiture, and a wide range of subjects that require super telephoto focal lengths. The f/2.8 maximum aperture is effective for low light shooting and shallow depth of field control. On FX format sensors, it provides a 450mm focal length equivalency.

Nikon's VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization allows handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, and Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides users with fast and quiet autofocusing. A/M mode joins the familiar M/A and M modes, enhancing AF control versatility with fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus and AF Memory Recall allows instant return to a predetermined point of focus. The minimum focus distance is 7.2' in manual mode and 7.5' in AF mode.

Three extra-low dispersion (ED) lens elements offer superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at wide apertures and both Nano Crystal Coating and Super Integrated Coating on the lens elements enhance light transmission and minimize flare and ghosting.

Physically, this lens is up to the challenge of professional use with dust and moisture resistance, a magnesium die-cast barrel, and a protective meniscus front lens. A removable tripod collar and a 52mm slip-in filter system are supported.

Fast-Aperture f/2.8 NIKKOR Super Telephoto
Wide aperture, professional telephoto performance, optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness for both FX and DX-format Nikon DSLRs; perfect for action and sports photojournalism, wildlife photography and more.
Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Delivers fast, accurate and quiet auto focusing.
Three Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at wide apertures.
Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.
Nano Crystal Coating
Reduces ghosting and internal flare for even greater image clarity.
Three Focus Modes
A/M mode joins the familiar M/A and M modes, enhancing AF control versatility with fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus to accommodate personal shooting techniques.
AF Memory Recall
Allows instant return to a predetermined point of focus.
Rugged Construction
Featuring enhanced dust and moisture-resistance, magnesium die-cast barrel construction and a protective meniscus front lens.
Close Focusing to 7.2 feet
Focus to 7.2 feet in manual focus or 7.5 feet in autofocus, enabling striking image perspectives.
Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.
UPC: 018208021864
In the Box
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens
  • Front Lens Cover for 200mm, 300mm, 200-400mm Lenses
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • 52mm Dedicated Filter Holder
  • 52mm Clear NC Glass Filter
  • HK-30 Lens Hood
  • LN-1 Lens Strap
  • Removable Tripod Collar
  • CL-L1 Ballistic Nylon Semi-Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    Nikon 300mm f/2.8 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 300mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 450 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Nikon DX
    Angle of View 8° 10'
    DX Picture Angle: 5° 20'
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.55' (2.3 m)
    Magnification 0.16x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6.25
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Features
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
    Physical
    Filter Thread Drop-In: 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.9 x 10.5" (12.45 x 26.67 cm)
    Weight 6.39 lb (2.90 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 12.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 11.0 x 10.25"

    Nikon 300mm f/2.8 reviews

    AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 80.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Aquisition Yet I have built up my equipment over the past 5 years with D3/D3 X and a selection of top end Nikon fast lenses. The 300mm F2.8 VRii was the final piece of the jigsaw and it was worth the wait. fast, accurate, sharp and outstanding build quality. I have shot sport, wildlife and portraiture with it and it as excelled all round. I have used it with the Nikon 2.0 III teleconverter with no noticeable loss of sharpness and only minimal oss of speed. The only negative I have is the weight but regardless I wouldn't leave home without it. Nikon should consider putting a front element protection in place (similar to the 200 -400 ) other than that i dont believe this lens can be beaten.
    Date published: 2011-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Nikon's Best Bought this lens mainly for sports, but also plan on getting into wildlife as well. Shot a baseball game this last weekend and the pictures are sharp and with great color. Focus is very fast and accurate. Used the Nikon 1.7 tele and found the pictures just as sharp. Before buying this lens, I'd been using the 70-200, sometimes with the 1.7 tele, which is a great combo. I will continue to use this set-up when conditions warrant (distance). I use both the Nikon D300 and D700 cameras. Both work great, with the D300 adding more reach, and the D700 for more useable ISO in lower light. This 300mm lens is a great tool to have no matter what kind of shooting you do. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2011-08-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the Wait I am a wildlife photographer concentrating mainly on bird life. I have been looking at this lens for over a year and I finally made the leap and I am very happy. The lens produces crisp, clean, clear and just stunning photos. I coupled this lens with the Nikon TC17 EII teleconverter and the lens still performs great. Although you can use all the Nikon teleconverters with this lens I stick with the TC17 EII. The TC20 EIII works well but it is slow to focus in low light conditions. Also, even though you can hand hold this lens with a converter I suggest a tripod especially with the TC20 EIII. Try it out and compare the shots. You will be amazed how much more clean and crisp your shots are when using a tripod,
    Date published: 2014-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I got what I payed for I have been using this lens for about three weeks. I purchased it with the intent of using it for multiple focal lengths, with Nikon 1.4 and 2.0 tele-converters. The quality with the 2.0 converter on my D500 is excellent. I've been shooting it wide open at f5.6 most of the time due to the dark conditions recently here in the Pacific Northwest. The attached photo is an example of the results at 900mm effective focal length with the lens wide open. It focused on the approaching goose and I got four good consecutive frames of photos. The quality of the lens without a converter is unquestionably outstanding.
    Date published: 2017-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast and Sharp., As a professional specializing in sporting dog and watefowl photography the 300 is my go to lens for over half of what I shoot. This lens is incredibly sharp, focuses extremely fast, tracks well and has amazing bokeh. The VR II system is a definite improvement over the original. I can consistently get tack sharp images at 1/50 second shutter speed- handheld. Some say its heavy, but it balances very well on a D3/D3s body. Using the 1.4, 1.7,and 2X TCs affords virtually no loss of sharpness although focus aquisition is noticeably reduced with the 1.7 and 2X. If you love sharp, buy this lens.
    Date published: 2011-08-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wildlife photographers dream! I primarily photo wildlife and this lens is a dream come true! Fast and accurate auto focus and laser sharp photos even in poor lighting. I don't use a tripod, just brace on what ever is available (usually knee) and the photos are still crisp as can be. Teamed up with the TC-20E III gives me range I never had before and even though auto focus is not as quick I can still get razor clear shots with no tripod in good light and in poor light if propped against a tree or post. Photos are so clear I could zoom in with zero loss in quality if desired. Best photos of a beaver, coyote and deer running, and prairie dog jump yip in one weeks time of owing this lens. Incredible! Save up and buy this lens!
    Date published: 2013-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the best After struggling to get good zoo photos with the Nikon 300mm f/4 and the Canon 400mm f/5.6L, I finally caved and bought this lens. The quality of both the output and the construction are astonishing. My sample is as sharp wide open as my f/4 was stopped all the way down to f/9, and produces first-rate results from f/2.8 all the way to f/9. Now instead of getting recognizable backgrounds I'm seeing bokeh that can only be described as dream-like; with subjects appearing to float on air against a back-drop of swirling color. The focusing speed is so fast that it is easy to keep to the lowest ISO settings in all but dim light. And the soft-sided carrying case enables transport with a camera attached. What a relief! I would give this lens ten stars if I could.
    Date published: 2011-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I should have bought this years ago. This lens is a huge upgrade from my older AF 300 f/4.0. The AF-S focusing is much faster, and the ability to instantly overide to manual is very nice. The extra stop really comes in handy when using a teleconverter (I got the 1.7x to go with this lens, it works great). Granted, it is a bit heavier to carry around, but after a few long days at the San Diego Zoo, I'm getting used to it. I'm not going to check heavy as a con, since this much weight just goes with the size.
    Date published: 2013-10-21
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