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

Telephoto prime lens for Nikon SLR cameras

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Overview

Our take on the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

If you're a serious Nikon enthusiast in the market for a high-performance telephoto lens that won't weigh you down, check out Nikon's lightest, most compact 300mm ever. This lens owes its incredible sharpness and travel-friendly size to a revolutionary Nikon-designed Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element — a first for Nikon's DSLR lens lineup. The PF element, which appears to have concentric circles engraved on its surface, virtually eliminates chromatic aberration and ghosting compared to standard glass lens elements. It also allows Nikon to use fewer elements for substantial savings in size and weight.

Serious telephoto performance in a compact, lightweight design

If you're a serious Nikon enthusiast in the market for a high-performance telephoto lens that won't weigh you down, check out Nikon's lightest, most compact 300mm ever. This lens owes its incredible sharpness and travel-friendly size to a revolutionary Nikon-designed Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element — a first for Nikon's DSLR lens lineup. The PF element, which appears to have concentric circles engraved on its surface, virtually eliminates chromatic aberration and ghosting compared to standard glass lens elements. It also allows Nikon to use fewer elements for substantial savings in size and weight.

Even more refinements for better results

Nikon equipped this lens with advanced VR Vibration Reduction for up to an impressive 4.5 extra stops of shutter speed, allowing blur-free shooting without a tripod. You can choose from multiple VR modes when you want you shoot sports and action, or mount your rig to a tripod. And instantly switch from AF to manual focus with just a twist of the focus ring, thanks to manual focus override. A precision electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism ensures consistent exposures, especially when shooting at high frame rates. And to keep your images sparkling, Nikon uses a fluorine coating on the front lens element to repel dust, smudges, dirt, and grease for easier cleaning.

Product Highlights:

  • Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR telephoto lens
  • compatible with Nikon FX and DX digital, and autofocus 35mm film SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 300mm with full-frame (FX-format) or film cameras
    • 450mm with DX-format cameras
  • Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element virtually eliminates chromatic aberration and ghosting while reducing weight and size
  • extra-low dispersion (ED) glass element and proprietary Nano Crystal coatings for superior image sharpness and consistent color fidelity across the image
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) allows sharply defined shots with exposure times up to 4.5 stops slower than non-stabilized shots
  • fluorine coating on the front lens element repels dust, water, grease or dirt for easier cleaning
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast, silent autofocus
  • autofocus can be overridden manually, with no time lag
  • electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism provides highly accurate aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting
  • rounded 9-blade aperture design for more natural out-of-focus image areas
  • minimum focus distance: 4.6 feet
  • lens construction: 16 elements in 10 groups
  • filter/attachment size: 77mm
  • lens is 6-1/8" long, 3-1/2" in diameter
  • weight: 26.6 ounces
  • warranty: 5 years with registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • semi-soft carrying case

What's in the Box:

  • AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
  • LC-77 77mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-4 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • HB-73 Lens hood
  • CL-M3 Semi-soft lens case
  • Adjustable strap for lens case
  • User's Manual
  • 5 Years of Protection warranty sheet

Exceptional lens - tack sharp focus and considerably lighter than other 300mm or similarly sized lenses. Hand-held works well. Great birding and landscape lens. Speed of order processing, shipping and delivery by Crutchfield second to none.

John, Sanford, NC

Reviews

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

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

The BEST 300mm FX lens

John from Sanford, NC on 4/11/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Exceptional lens - tack sharp focus and considerably lighter than other 300mm or similarly sized lenses. Hand-held works well. Great birding and landscape lens. Speed of order processing, shipping and delivery by Crutchfield second to none.

Pros: size and weight

Cons: None

Sharp lens

Anonymous from Elma, NY on 8/14/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am using the lens primarily for bird photography. It's small size and weight make it an ideal lens to carry around. Also has very fast focus.

Pros: Light weight

Cons: Price

AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED

ML from los angeles, CA on 1/21/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This lens gives great resolution when used with the Nikon 810. The auto-focus is quick and worked very well with small backyard songbirds, hand-held. It is light and easy to use without a tripod.

Pros: Great resolution, quick auto-focus, AR, lightweight, works well with 1.4 and 1.7 teleconverters, feels well balanced on Nikon 810, will be my selected lens for hikes ! Much easier to use than the new Nikon 200-500mm. Main advantage over my other prime telephoto Nikon lenses is the light weight.

Cons: None so far ! I am pleased with the auto-focus, but is does slow down at higher f stops. I have not had problems with the focus ring as described by other reviewers.

NIce lens

JImUSNY from Hudson Valley New York on 1/8/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very nice and light lens that is very sharp, tracks and focuses well, even with the 1.4X attached. A bit expensive but I am not unhappy I purchased it.

Pros: Light, fast and sharp, seems to be built well.. very easy to carry around with even with a 1.4X TC and gets you420MM on a lens that wont weight you down or give you a back ache.

Cons: Price is a bit high, but then I think all Nikon Lenses are..You have to be very careful holding this lens in AF that you dont turn the focus ring while shooting since you fingers or palm rest on the focus ring at least Mine do, a slight turn of ring will get you a blurred image in AFS if you happen turn it by accident, not so much single shot but ff you shoot a burst and inadvertently turn the focus ring a hair it will go out of focus until you refocus

Sharp wide open, and takes TC's well

BC from Pittsburgh on 11/19/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This lightweight lens is remarkable. I detect no decrease in sharpness stopping down from f/4 to f/5.6, which I can say about very few lenses. It tracks AF well on my D800 and produces contrasty images edge-to-edge. I have used it extensively with the TC-14E III and TC-20E III and found it to produce excellent results. I'm very happy using it wide-open with the 1.4x TC @ 420mm f/5.6 and it still focuses reasonably fast. With 2x TC I find only a small improvement stopping down from f/8 to f/10, but AF is very slow @ 600mm f/8. The VR works well and I've taken sharp shots @ 600mm and 1/40 sec and sometimes at 1/20 sec.

Pros: Lightweight and small, takes TCs well, VR very impressive.

Cons: I wish the AF was faster (without TCs) than it is. If you're used to the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II, you'll be disappointed by the AF speed. I've tried the TC-14E III on the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II and it focuses much faster @ 280mm f/4 than the 300mm f/4E does.

Hand Hold!!

John W from Bay Shore NY on 5/12/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just fantastic for hand held shooting. Finally I am no stuck behind the tripod any more. Great for birds and my grandsons soccer games

Pros: Fast autofocus, lightweight and more than excellent sharpness.

Cons: None!!

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Features and Specs

General
Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 300mm
Maximum Aperture f/4
Weight 26.6 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration

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Features
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Warranty Information

Features

Overview: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens is a telephoto prime lens. It is optimized for FX-format cameras, but can be used with DX-format cameras. It is ideal for fashion, portraits, nature, wildlife, sports, action, photojournalism, and more. The lens comes with the HB-73 lens hood and the CL-M3 Semi-soft lens case.

Phase Fresnel: The lens features a Nikon-designed Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element, which compensates for chromatic aberration and ghosting when combined with ordinary glass lens elements. The PF lens element, which is based upon the Phase Fresnel lens, allows Nikon engineers to use fewer lens elements, resulting in a more compact and lightweight lens.

Vibration Reduction: Vibration Reduction improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. In this 300mm lens, Vibration Reduction creates a stabilizing effect equivalent to a shutter speed increase of 4.5 stops (in Normal mode). This is especially helpful for taking blur-free hand-held images in low light.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.

Focus Mode Switch: The Focus Mode switch on the barrel of the lens lets you \switch between focus modes: A/M and M/A. M/A is an auto focus mode that allows you to quickly override the auto focus by turning the focus ring. A/M (Auto-Priority Manual Mode) is primarily for auto focusing, but gives you an opportunity to adjust the focus manually by turning the focus ring farther than when the mode is set to M/A.

Focus Limit Switch: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm lens features a focus limit switch that allows you to focus quicker when your subjects will be within a narrow range. The switch has two positions: Full (to use the entire focus range) and ∞-3m (when your subject is always at a distance of at least 9.9 feet).

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 9-blade diaphragm.

Specifications

  • Type of Lens: Type E AF-S lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Focal Length: 300mm
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 10 groups (including 1 ED lens element, 1 Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal or fluorine coatings)
  • Closest Focus Distance: 4.6' (1.4m)
  • Focusing Method: Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) system with AutoFocus controlled by a Silent Wave Motor, and a separate focus ring for manual focus
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Angle of View: 8°10' FX format (5°20' DX format equivalent)
  • Dimensions: Diameter=3.603" Length=6.13" (6.746" w/lens caps)
  • Weight: approximately 26.6 ounces (1.7 pounds)

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

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