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

Used Cat.# 1868165 MFR # 2186
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Used Condition: 9

Shows signs of use, but very clean

Additional Comments: W/HOOD,CASE

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • VR II Image Stabilization
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Nikon 2186 Overview

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A super telephoto distinguished by its fast design, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II is further characterized by its advanced optical layout, fast focusing, and image stabilization. Well-suited for sports and wildlife photography, the bright f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working in a variety of lighting conditions and also promotes working with shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques. The optical design includes three extra-low dispersion elements, which help to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing in order to gain higher clarity and color accuracy. Both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings have also been applied to reduce flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color rendering. Complementing the optics, this lens also sports a Silent Wave Motor for fast and accurate autofocus along with VR II image stabilization to minimize the appearance of camera shake by three stops.

Super 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.
Impressively bright f/2.8 maximum aperture excels in difficult lighting conditions and also enables extensive control over depth of field for isolating subjects using selective focus techniques.
Three extra-low dispersion elements greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and color accuracy.
Both a Nano Crystal Coat and a Super Integrated Coating have 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.
VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by three stops to benefit shooting handheld in difficult lighting conditions.
Removable, 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/2.8G ED VR II Lens
  • Rear Cap
  • HK-30 Lens Hood
  • Tripod Collar
  • Semi-Soft Case (CL-L1)
  • 52mm Filter Holder
  • 52mm NC Filter
  • 90-Day B&H Used Warranty
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    Nikon 2186 Specs

    Focal Length 300mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Angle of View 8 10'
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.22' / 2.2 m
    Maximum Magnification 0.16x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6.25
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
    Filter Thread Drop-In: 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 4.88 x 10.53" / 124 x 267.5 mm
    Weight 6.38 lb / 2900 g

    Nikon 2186 Reviews

    AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 82.
    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 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 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 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 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
    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
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