Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Lens

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Replaced by the Nikon 70-300 VRII

Nikon 70-300mm VR Lens Replaced by the Nikon 70-300 VRII New high-performance 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor lens offers 3 stops above the non-VR. Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Telephoto Zoom Lens Top Angle View

This 4.3x  zoom is a great lens for outdoor sports shots, daylight candid and some nature shots. It's also makes an excellent portrait lens under studio lights in the 70-105 range. Due to the slower aperture, it isn't terribly useful for indoor sport shots.

If you need a low light lens, this isn't it. If your primary objective is to take pictures in low light situation such as wedding and concerts, then get the 80-200mm f/2.8 or the 70-200mm f/2.8 instead

The makeup of the lens is virtually identical to that of the 18-200VR lens -- three switches for MA/M, VR on/off, and VR normal or active. Large outer ring for zoom, and smaller ring for focus.

Comprising many of Nikon's most advanced features such as Nikon Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass, Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and enhanced Vibration Reduction (VRII), internal focus (IF), as well as optics perfected for use with both Nikon DX format digital and 35mm filmSLR cameras, the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor is sure to appeal to a broad spectrum of Nikon photographers.


• AF-S Autofocus lens featuring a Silent wave, coreless, integrated, focus motor (unwrapped in 1996). Basically an updated AF-I Autofocus-Silent sporting a "Silent Wave Motor" (ultrasonic) to focus near silently and fast.

• Two ED- (Extra-low Dispersion Glass Elements)
a necessary element of the Nikon telephoto lens Nikon engineered Extra-low Dispersion optical glass to facilitate the manufacture of lenses that provide superior color correction and sharpness by diminishing chromatic aberrations

• G - labeled after the f-number. All the newer AF lenses, including AF-S and specifically G, are also D. Nikon no longer makes an effort to mark the D. G-lenses contains no aperture ring, therefore aperture may only be electronically controlled by the camera and only autofocus camera bodies featuring function dials have the capacity to control G lenses

• IF- Internal Focusing
The ability to have a lens focus while it's size remains unchanged. Nikon’s IF engineering allows that to happen. All internal optical travel is contained within the inside of the non-extension lens container.

• M/A mode
AF-S Nikon lenses include the exclusive Nikon M/A focus function, that permits switching from auto to manual focus virtually without time lag - even while the AF servo is in operation regardless of the AF mode in play.

• RD- Rounded 9 Blade Diaphragm
Soft-focus images of point light resources create accepted polygonal shapes that mirror the form of the cavity produced by the diaphragm blades.

• SIC - Nikon Super Integrated Coating
Nikon uses an elite multilayer lens coating to augment the operation of its lens elements which also helps diminish ghosting and flare to minute levels. Nikon Super Integrated Coat also accomplishes several purposes,

• SWM- Silent Wave Motor
Nikon AF-S engineering is yet one more rationale why professional photographers like Nikon telephoto optical lenses.

VR - Vibration Reduction
Normal mode Employs a moving optical assembly to minimize the effects of photographic camera shake. Active Mode which provide for shooting from a moving vehicle.

• Picture angle is 34°20' - 8°10' with 35mm SLRs and 22°50' - 5°20' with Nikon DX format SLRs. (When used on a Nikon DX-format DSLR, the effective picture angle is similar to that of a 105-450mm lens on a 35mm film SLR.)

Lens Includes

• Lens Case CL-1022

• Lens Bayonet Hood HB-36

• Supplied AccessoriesLC-67 67mm snap-on front lens cap

• LF-1 rear lens cap

*Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area.

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Lens styleZoom lens
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length70 – 300 mm  
Stabilization type Yes (VR II, 4 stops claimed)  
Camera mount Nikon F (FX)  
Angle of view 8° 10'  - 34° 20'  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F4.5 - F5.6  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0 - F32.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Aperture annotations rounded blades  
Total Elements 17  
Number of Groups 12  
Coatings / special elements 2 ED glass elements - Super Integrated Coating  
Minimum focus distance 1.50 m (59.06")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.25 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Ring-type ultrasonic  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale No  
Physical features
Overall weight745 g (1.64 lb)  
Lens diameter 80 mm (3.15")  
Overall length 144 mm (5.65")  
Construction materials Plastic barrel, metal mount  
Sealing No  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Power zoom No  
Zoom lock switch No  
Filter thread size 67 mm  
Filter annotations Does not rotate on focusing  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code HB-36  
Tripod collar included No


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