Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR F/4D IF-ED 300mm Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Camera Lens Description||300 month|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 Millimeters|
About this item
- Lens not zoomable
- Compact super-telephoto lens for travel, sports, wildlife, and stock photography
- Super-fast, super-quiet lens using Silent Wave motor technology
- ED glass elements for high-resolution and high-contrast images
- M/A mode allows rapid switching between autofocus and manual operation
- Nine-blade rounded diaphragm achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements
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|Item Dimensions||8.78 x 3.54 x 3.54 inches||7.48 x 7.48 x 17.2 inches||8.46 x 5.2 x 5.12 inches||4.92 x 2.83 x 2.83 inches||7.99 x 3.78 x 3.78 inches|
|Item Weight||3.17 lbs||5.07 lbs||1.66 lbs||0.91 lbs||3.46 lbs|
|Maximum Aperture||4||f/5.6||4||4.5 millimeters||5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 millimeters||500 millimeters||300 millimeters||300||400 millimeters|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0||F5.6||—||f/4.5-6.3||F4.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame||Full Frame||Full Frame||APS-C||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||300 millimeters||200 millimeters||300 millimeters||70||80 millimeters|
|Minimum Operating Distance||1.45 meters||—||—||—||1.75 meters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||95 millimeters||77 millimeters||58 millimeters||77 millimeters|
What's in the box
From the Manufacturer
Lens-making is an art--Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world's finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the "glass" that makes the world's greatest pictures.
AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 300mm f4D IF-ED AF-S is a compact super-telephoto lens for travel, sports, wildlife and stock photography. It is a super fast, super quiet lens using Silent Wave motor technology, with ED glass elements for high-resolution and high-contrast images. It features a 4.8-foot closest focusing distance, M/A mode that allows rapid switching between autofocus and manual operation, and a nine-blade rounded diaphragm that achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements.
ED glass: An essential element of Nikkor telephoto lenses
Nikon developed ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to enable the production of lenses that offer superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing chromatic aberration. Put simply, chromatic aberration is a type of image and color dispersion that occurs when light rays of varying wavelengths pass through optical glass. In the past, correcting this problem for telephoto lenses required special optical elements that offer anomalous dispersion characteristics--specifically calcium fluoride crystals. However, fluorite easily cracks and is sensitive to temperature changes that can adversely affect focusing by altering the lens' refractive index. So Nikon designers and engineers put their heads together and came up with ED glass, which offers all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of calcium fluorite-based glass. With this innovation, Nikon developed several types of ED glass suitable for various lenses. They deliver stunning sharpness and contrast even at their largest apertures. In this way, Nikkor's ED-series lenses exemplify Nikon's preeminence in lens innovation and performance.
Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon's multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.
Imagine being able to focus a lens without it changing in size. Nikon's IF technology enables just that. All internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the non-extending lens barrel. This allows for a more compact, lightweight construction as well as a closer focusing distance. In addition, a smaller and lighter focusing lens group is employed to ensure faster focusing. The IF system is featured in most Nikkor telephoto and selected Nikkor zoom lenses.
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70 cameras.
Silent Wave Motor
Nikon's AF-S technology is yet another reason professional photographers like Nikkor telephoto lenses. AF-S Nikkors feature Nikon's SWM which converts "traveling waves" into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that's extremely accurate and super quiet.
AF-S Nikkors feature Nikon's exclusive M/A mode, that allows switching from autofocus to manual operation with virtually no time lag--even during AF servo operation and regardless of AF mode in use.
What's in the Box:
Lens, 77mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1, semi-soft case CL-M2.
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2017
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I also considered a 70-200, but decided instead to get a dedicated telephoto instrument. I wanted a scalpel, not a Swiss Army knife.
I am using this lens primarily for birding and wildlife photography, although with a focus distance of around 4 feet, it's surprisingly useful for flowers and the like. You might think that a 300mm prime is limited, but it's actually a versatile lens.
The most obvious plus is that this lens is TACK SHARP. In fact, it's insanely sharp with no purple fringing. If you want to see fine feather detail when birding, this is your lens.
Bokeh is GORGEOUS.
I find the focusing to be quite speedy with my D7100. And by the way, I like the built-in lens hood very much.
I sometimes pair this lens with a Nikon AF-S 1.4 Teleconverter. This extends the reach 40% (to 420mm, albeit at f5.6) with almost NO negative impact on image quality. You can (and should!) read about the 1.4 teleconverter here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KBC1WUY/?tag=loloho-20
If you come to this lens from any consumer telephoto lens, prepare for your first good shots to deliver some exciting "WOW" moments. As Oliver Wendell Holmes said about obscenity: you'll know it when you see it. This lens is incredibly sharp.
The lens is a little on the heavy side for anyone coming from consumer lenses. Sure, compared to the bazooka f2.8 telephoto lenses it's rather svelte, but I find it at the limit of what I care to handhold on a walkabout. I usually use some form of support with this lens. You need a robust tripod for rock steady shots.
Without VR, your handholding technique is critical. Of course you will have better results at higher shutter speeds. I usually shoot at 1/500 or faster when handholding the lens.
Build quality is good. Unlike the older built-like-a-tank Nikkor lenses, this AF-S model is a little plasticky. It feels solid in the hands, but needless to say, I don't wanna drop it.
I am very pleased with this purchase, and frankly wish I'd bought the lens years ago. If you are thinking about it, and you are ready for it in terms of your photographic skill, go ahead and get it! Life is too short for mediocre lenses.
your paying for the F4 aperture in the price of this lens. Unless your nuts about bokeh you will find that 5.6 and 6.5 and some post processing can give you a sharper subject and a very similar background blur. Lack of Reach for wildlife photography, 300mm on smaller subjects can result in you needing to get very close to fill the frame. Adding a Teleconverter is something i would do to extend the reach. big no no, all it did was bring much softness to everyshot and required a shutter of 1/2500 or 1/3200 to pull something nice when handholding. No VR - This isnt really a big deal at 300mm if your using in good light but I found that I needed a 1/640 shutter to get a crisp shot.
I sent this lens back and the 1.7x nikon tele i got with it and went with the 150-600mm Sigma C. No Regrets on that decision and have pulled some amazing shots with it handholding at speeds of 1/320 at 600mm with no VR on!
Enter the 300 f4 AF-s. I researched it and was concerned about comments regarding slow focus and softness wide open. I bought it and my experience has no residual concerns in these areas. With shooting mode set to continuous high, I was able to pan on a speedboat on a pond about 150 yds away behind a barrier of bushes about 20 yds away from my position. . There was a break in the bushes about 4 ft across. Two sequential shots wide open with a shutter speed above 1/1000th (about 1/5 second apart) show the bushes in sharp focus (and the speed boat barely recognizable in out of focus blur) and subsequently with the speedboat in sharp focus. I was very impressed.
A day out on the water in my Kayak yielded amazing close-ups with a large duck family as well as very good distant shots (about 60 yds) of a blue heron. I was shooting in both sunlight and in partly cloudy conditions but was able to shoot very well at about 1/500 shutter with prudent technique to prevent camera motion blur. I feel the lens has very useful sharpness wide open, even after pixel peeking later at home. A very slight benefit could be observed (at pixel peeking magnification) with any amount of stopping down - even 1/3rd stop.
I was also able to see some very slight focus error on some of the closer pics but it seriously doesn't affect their printed output since all had adequate DOF, even wide open. I may or may not attempt to adjust.
Bottom line - A KEEPER.
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So I decided to replace it with Nikon 300mm f4 D AF-S IF ED Lens (as the f/2.8 is a little out of my price range). I must say that the resultant image quality is stunning! All images are pin sharp and it focuses very quickly, ideal for sports action.
Some other reviews do say that the lens tri-pod mount is not up to much. I use the lens on a mono pod at the cricket and if you employ the correct grip technique on the lens then it is rock solid in my view.
The only issue I have found is that if my D200 is in centre only continuous auto focus mode and the cricket players are wearing whites, the lens does seem to hunt a bit (fractional movements) even when the player is stationary. This could be the contrast of bright white clothing against a darker background though. I tend only to use this mode when tracking the bowler during his run up.
I ordered it from Rumsby Electronics and the lens arrived a day earlier than Amazon quoted which was good. I would say though it is worth while checking with them directly that they have it in stock, as another item I ordered from them, though showing as I stock on Amazon, was in fact out of stock and they only admitted this on email communications and pressing for where my order was (they had taken the money for both items though, but refunded me the money on the out of stock item promptly).
I had been searching around for a telephoto lens for a while, after getting into wildlife photography. I already have a few lenses, such as an 18-200mm vr and a 70-200mm f/2.8 vr, but I needed a bit more reach + I also wanted to get a teleconverter to go with it.
I looked long and hard at the Bigma Sigmas, the 150-500 and the 50-500mm's. I also read reviews on the Nikon 80-400mm. The Nikons' 200-400mm and 300mm f/2.8 being well out of my price range. On consulting a Flickr contact who uses the 300mm f/4 to shoot wildlife, I decided to go for this.
I am very pleased I did get this lens because it has enabled me to take some of my best ever photos. The autofocus is very fast and does not seem to slow up, even with a Nikon TC-1.4II which I bought to go with it. The quality does not seem to suffer when using this teleconverter, also. I generally stop down one stop for most images, so if i'm on 300mm I'll stop to f5.6 and if using the converter I'll stop to f8. Either way the bokeh produced is very pleasing indeed. I have taken pictures of fast flying birds, and have been amazed at the success rate of the focusing.
I think this lens is very well built, too. It is quite heavy, but has a solid professional feel to it. I have heard about the tripod collar's weaknesses, but to be honest I have not had a problem with it. This is probably because I mainly use it on a monopod.
I can only look forward to taking better and better images with this lens in the future.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on July 19, 2018
My other telelens is a Nikon 55-200vr that I like very much. However, I found myself too often cropping the photos to a level where I pushed the capacity of the lens too far. Thus, I wanted something with more range. I was not interested in another zoom. I prefer to use my feet or to simply let the lens decide the frame (Is the duck too close.. then, well, I take a photo of its head instead). I also wanted a fast lens for low-light shots. Indeed, I have been out when the sun has dived well below the horizon and still the 300f4 gives me fast shutter speeds without that I have to push the ISO higher than 1000.
To me, the lens is less easy to use for birds in flight: It is not that it is any problem using it hand held during daytime, or any problem with the autofocus, it is fast enough when using the focus lock (>3m), but simply the narrow field of view that comes with the high magnification makes it difficult to locate the bird fast enough. For this my 55-200 is easier. However, with some training I may improve.
I am glad the 300f4 does not replace my 55-200vr, but instead complements it. The 55-200vr is much more portable and is good enough for many purposes. The 300f4 is bulkier, but takes better photos especially when one can be more stationary observing the wild life.
To make the 300f4 more portable I have connected it to a harness: I put a strap tightly around the lens just behind the focus ring where I obtain good balance with the camera attached. On the strap there is a ring. To this ring I connect the carabiners of a harness originally bought for a pair of binoculars (Bushnell). In this way the camera and attached lens hang comfortably across my lower chest. No strain to the back whatsoever. When an object appears the camera is ready in a flash. The elastic straps of the harness, when stretched out while the camera is held in front of the eyes, help to reduce vibrations (i.e. similar to the effect that can be achieved with a hunting rifle when applying the carrying sling in a certain way around the arm before the shot).
I am very satisfied with this lens. It was exactly what I had been looking for. It is a bit heavy, but I feel I solved it with the harness (so no risk it ends up unused at home). And the photos it generates are like.. magic. With this lens I will develop as a photographer and have great fun along the way.