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Nikon 300mm f/2.8G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Super Telephoto Prime Lens

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  • Fast-aperture f/2.8 NIKKOR Super Telephoto. Wide aperture, professional telephoto performance
  • Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization. Vibration Reduction is engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens.
  • Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. Further reduces ghosting and internal flare for even greater image clarity.
  • Three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements. Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration
  • Virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, promoting image integrity

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 2186
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Minimum focal length: 300 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 300 mm
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 11 x 11 inches ; 6.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0030BEVEW
  • Item model number: 2186
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2008

Product Description

Product Description

Fast-aperture f/2.8 NIKKOR Super Telephoto. Wide aperture, professional telephoto performance Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization. Vibration Reduction is engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens. Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. Further reduces ghosting and internal flare for even greater image clarity. Three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements. Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration Virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, promoting image integrity

From the Manufacturer

Enjoy fast-aperture f/2.8 Nikkor Super Telephoto performance, optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness for both FX and DX-format Nikon D-SLRs--perfect for action and sports photojournalism, wildlife photography and more.

Lens Features & Highlights

Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction is engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens. VR II enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images.

Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat
Further reduces ghosting and internal flare for even greater image clarity.

Three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at wide apertures.

Aspherical Lens Element
Virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, promoting image integrity.

Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Delivers fast, accurate and quiet autofocusing.

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.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.

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.

Tripod Detection Mode
Detects and compensates for the specific vibrations encountered when shooting on a tripod with VR on.

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.

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The VRII is very effective and much quieter than the 200-400mm f4.
Mike
As stunningly sharp as the lens is at 300mm, I have been pleasantly surprised by its performance with teleconverters.
Ian Nicholson
While a great lens, it was too heavy to hand hold, so I always used it on a monopod or tripod.
James M. Worthington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ian Nicholson on May 24, 2011
This is a much praised and incredibly expensive lens. For the big money I was dropping, I was expecting quality and boy did Nikon deliver - and then some. It is impossible to exaggerate how stunningly sharp this lens is. I use the lens to shoot song birds - some of which are very small indeed. The fine feather detail that this lens renders is simply amazing.

As stunningly sharp as the lens is at 300mm, I have been pleasantly surprised by its performance with teleconverters. I have the Nikon 1.4 and the 1.7 teleconverters. I was expecting to see a fall off in performance, especially with the 1.7 but no - performance is outstanding, especially when stopped down a bit. I regularly use my 300 2.8 with the 1.7 which gives me a razor sharp 510mm lens. I am very happy with this combination and despite the big price tag I have no regrets at all. I haven't tried the new 2.0 teleconverter but I hear that the 300 2.8 does well with that too.

One other great feature about this lens is its size and weight. It is a bit of a brute if you are used to light, consumer grade lenses like the 70-300VR (which is a great lens for the money). However, if you are more accustomed to big glass like a 500 or 600mm f4, then the 300 2.8 with a teleconverter is a nice small package. It is much smaller and lighter than either of those big lenses and it can be handheld while those other two cannot. I regularly carry this lens with me all afternoon without any problem. In my opinion it is the best combination of size, weight, reach and quality of any of Nikon's super teles. I say that as someone who owns a 600mm f4. I love my 600 and I would never part with it, but it is a monster that demands a big tripod and a gimbal head. The 300 2.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lewie221 on January 3, 2011
Summary:
Get one. The new car/house etc. can wait.

Pros:
Just about the sharpest lens I own.
VR system works really well and settles fast - about half-a-second. I've taken sharp hand-held shots at 1/60s, which ought to be impossible.
Remarkable focusing speed.
Surprisingly wieldy - I use this hand-held a lot, for aviation and nature photography. I'm not particularly strong.
Well balanced on a D300. I suspect a D3 would be even better.
Value - yes, 5 grand is a lot of money for a lens, but the results justify the outlay.

Cons:
Bit of a learning curve. You do really need to use it for a while and learn what all the various buttons and sliders do before you'll get stellar results.

I traded in a Sigma 150-500mm for this. The Sigma is also great value (and vastly cheaper), but just not sharp enough and the VR system takes about 5 seconds to settle, by which time the shot is often lost. The Sigma also seemed to stress the camera's battery more.

One minor modification was to replace the stock foot with an Arca-Swiss compatible one (Kirk LP-46). It's a bit stiffer and makes moving from hand-held to monopod to tripod very convenient.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike on November 28, 2012
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This lens is top quality , Sharp, and durable. It is probably the best 300mm f2.8 lens money can buy today.
I will not get in to the Technical discussion of this lens, since it would take a university's optical department to give you a meaningful assessment of the optical quality and sharpness.
So the best I can do here is my experience with the lens and here it is.

First of all the Quality, fit and fish and performance is first rate.
This lens is lighter and smaller than the specs suggest. this was a very pleasant surprise to me.
The VRII is very effective and much quieter than the 200-400mm f4.
The Auto focus is very fast, and like other recent Nikon top of the line tele lenses it has its own Auto focus buttons that can be programed as, AF On, AF lock, or Focus distance Memory/recall.
I am still finding new ways to use the recall button. very handy in places that has a lot of clutter that could distract the Auto focus system.

The lens is compact compare to other Nikon exotic telephotos. I cary the lens attached to a full size DSLR in a 15 L small backpack along with TC 20 and TC14 and other accessories during back country shootings. Speaking of TC 20 and TC14, the lens was designed and lunched with TC 20 III and they are a perfect match for each other. I can can get a 600 f5.6 that I can cary at 10000 feet while hiking and looking for Mountain goats.
I have tested both TC's with this lens and the results is much better than my expectation for such a setup. Do I lose sharpness? I am sure I do but I can not tell unless I pixel peep real hard.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James M. Worthington on March 1, 2012
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I bought this lens as part of a switch from Canon to Nikon. It performs superbly - fast autofocus, exceptionally sharp images, and easy to handle. With the Canon system, I had a 400 mm f/2.8. While a great lens, it was too heavy to hand hold, so I always used it on a monopod or tripod. The Nikon 300 is much lighter. I can hand hold it for short periods. This makes it useful to me in shooting basketball at the far end of the court as well as grabbing shots of coaches and players off the court. I've also combined it with the 1.7X teleconverter to photograph birds. It is still quite sharp, even with the teleconverter.
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