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Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8 G ED VR : Specifications and Opinions


Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8 G ED VR

The Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8 G ED VR is a supertele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2004 to 2009 (discontinued). The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 5300 €; 20 users have given it an average vote of 9.4 out of 10.

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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   300 mm
 Angle of view   8.3°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/2.8
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   11 elements in 8 groups
 Min. focus distance   2.20 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.16x

 Features
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   52 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   2850 g
 Dimensions   124 x 268 mm
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avatarsupporter
sent on November 05, 2018

Pros: Image quality, works very well with TC's, fast AF, can be used for all sorts of photography

Cons: none

Opinion: Have been working with this lens for some time. It is one of the best I ever used, period. I do not mind the weight and use the lens (often with TC 1.4 or TC 2.0) handheld most of the times. I rarely use VR so I can not comment on that too much. For me it works well enough in situations I need VR. This Nikkor 300mm and my Sigma 500mm prime are always in my backpack with either the Nikon D4 or Nikon D500. The lens performs great on both camera's but needed a bit of calibration when TC's are attached. Overall, I'm very content with this lens. Besides the IQ I like the fact that I can use the lens as either a 300mm, a 420mm (with TC 1.4) or as a 600mm (with TC 2.0 III). I do almost not see any degradation in quality when using a TC (when properly fine-tuned/calibrated).

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avatarjunior
sent on October 29, 2018

Pros: Bright crisp and rendered colors typical of the historic Nikkor optics, well-built, rugged, beautiful bokeh! !.

Cons: It is heavy, even if you are aware given the professional carat of the optics.

Opinion: Purchased a gorgeous used to make indoor sports photos, perfect focal length for my needs, does not disappoint expectations, well balanced on D3s is superb, sufficiently sharp even at full aperture, AF fast and accurate, as far as The stabilization of the images, shooting with times of 1/320 or less light permitting, with sturdy and duty lacquered the VR remains always off. Also the same stabilizer limits in the burst. Freehand instead I made shots posed with the VR, succeeding to have surprisingly long times without problems, even 1/50....

avatarjunior
sent on September 10, 2016

Pros: All those already described by colleagues.

Cons: VR improvable

Opinion: In the special section I described my experience with AFS previous version VR. Here I write some of the VR version notes, which I then had. In AFS page I do not spread on the VR resolution at full aperture to slightly above the center of the old version, compared with an equivalent contrast. I then wrote that this VR version weighs slightly less than the non-VR, but it is much better pivoting freehand both for the different conformation of the bracket to stand, for both the distribution of unbalanced weights less towards the end. As for the general merits, I can only adhere to the ratings colleagues remarkable sharpness, bokeh intriguing, superb construction and weather sealing. The presence of the treatment to nanocrystals (a layer of silver crystals often a millionth of a millimeter) the warn in a slightly greater tonal contrast in backlit situations also not total, but still "difficult". About the effectiveness of the VR first manner, I situate my personal safety limit around 1/100 of a second, with peaks of1/50. Sure others will do better, but Nikon says that the VR II version has improved in this respect (and now adheres to CIPA measurements, for that finding, for the VR II, 3 gain stop).

avatarjunior
sent on March 08, 2016

Pros: Bright, crisp fearfully, weight still well manageable freehand, excellent yield with vati Tc

Cons: the only cons that I found is that, at least in Italy, for bird life is short and needs to be almost always combined with a Tc.

Opinion: A truly fabulous goal, smooth has nothing to envy anyone, even at f2.8 is always a blade. For birdlife 300mm unfortunately they are few in Italy (99% of cases) and holds up very well even if all 3 Tc, remains a sin to buy a lens to bring it to life multiplied. On D3 I even played around with 2x and 1.4x III Kenko together, were it not that the af breaks down the couple remains acceptable closing a stop. For those traveling abroad it is so phenomenal, for a purely Italian in use maybe I'd look instead to a 500/600 f4 also stabilized at prices that are not much higher in used. I've also used for sports and portrait, in those fields there it for anyone, simply is the top.

avatarjunior
sent on January 14, 2016

Pros: Sharpness, blur, made with TC

Cons: Inability to exclude the manual focus ring

Opinion: Optical outstanding in every respect fully usable with all three TC Nikon, even with the excellent results from TC20III. Going to nitpick I would love if you could turn off the nut MF, on certain occasions (for example by placing the lens on makeshift shelves) can happen (as in all the objectives AFs) that moving the lens for follow the person to act involuntarily ring nut MF and accordingly send a blow to the little things af ... but ...




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