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

by Nikon

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  • Super-fast telephoto AF-S lens with Vibration Reduction (VR) and Nano Crystal Coat
  • Exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation
  • VR enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture
  • Three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements effectively compensate for magnification and virtually eliminate chromatic aberration
  • Focus mode switch enables quick response to changing situations with quick-switching between M/A (Manual-Priority Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus) modes


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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
  • Item model number: 2154
  • ASIN: B0007LHVEU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Jun 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,149 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. F. Darcy on 27 Oct 2012
I am a very enthusiastic amateur wildlife photographer and consider myself very fortunate to be able to own this lens, which quite simply is an astonishing bit of kit. It is robust, showerproof, quick, sharp at all stops, provides perfect bokeh and works with little or no degradation with all the new Nikon converters 1x4 420mm, 1x7 510mm & 2x Mk3 600mm.
The lens is very expensive, heavy and benefits from a replacement tripod mount, as the original isn't big enough when carrying, all this said the results achieved from this lens are absolutely astonishing, i've never had a lens perform so well in the field. I mainly shoot FX, currently using a D800 which in my view when coupled with this lens is pretty much the perfect combination for wildlife.
If you can afford one of these go for it, you wont regret the decision based on the results you will achieve.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sneakfish on 10 July 2013
I must start by declaring that I own the updated version of this lens - the 300mm f/2.8 ED VRII. However, the two are largely believed to be identical in performance with the only the VR mode being updated, and as you won't be shooting handheld with this one (unless you're a beast) you won't notice the difference.

I'm an amateur wildlife photographer and I use this lens in combination with a D800 and occasionally the TC-14E II teleconverter. I mount it on a Gitzo GT5531S tripod (overkill) with a Benro GH2 Gimbal Head (recommended).

If you want the short version, here it is: Flawless. If you can afford it, buy it.

I upgraded to this lens from the 300mm f/4 which I was pretty happy with. It came down to low-light conditions in the end - the lack of VR and the slower f/4 maximum aperture were costing me image quality when shooting birds at the start and end of daylight. It's still a bittersweet decision as I miss the hand-holdability of the f/4, and if money were no object I'd keep them both as they serve different purposes. Ho hum.

This is a large and heavy lens. Despite being muscular I still struggle to hand-hold this lens and get good image quality for more than 5 minutes or so.

The lens comes with various switches and buttons on it - these allow for focus limits, audible focus beep, active vs normal VR modes and even a pre-set focal distance - useful for instantly returning to view e.g. a burrow or nesting site with the push of one of 3 buttons around the lens. A drop-in filter attachment comes with plain glass as standard but a polariser is available separately.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Lens! 11 Feb 2008
By Brett C. - Published on Amazon.com
The price tag on this lens is steep, but I needed something that would track birds in flight during uncertain lighting conditions hand held, and still provide sharp images. This lens is about the largest Nikon prime that doesn't require the support of a monopod or tripod. I use it with a Nikon TC17eII, and have found perhaps a very slight softening wide open at f/4.8, but no noticeable degradation if stopped down at all. Even wide open it produces amazingly sharp images w/ the TC! This combo produces a 510mm f/4.8 for much less investment than a 500mm f/4, and it can be hand held.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding bokeh, strong colors 20 April 2009
By Julie Neal - Published on Amazon.com
My family just spent two weeks with this lens photographing wildlife, hand-holding it all day. It does get heavy after a few hours, but except for a sore shoulder or two we have nothing to complain about. My daughter, 15, held it better than her parents, so we gave her the bird work. For me, the value of the lens lies in the quality of the blur it creates. Much like the similar Nikon 600mm, it will frame your subjects in an abstract setting that is as smooth as a watercolor painting. Also, no other lens I've used takes advantage of that "C" autofocus setting so well. For example, we were able to shoot grazing antelope from the back of bouncy, moving truck and get the fur in focus in every shot.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Extremely fast lens 15 Feb 2010
By R. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
I am blown away how fast the auto focus is on this lens. I knew this was going to be a great lens before I got it. I knew it's top pick by pros around the world. But the auto focus speed of this lens is just mindblowing.

Of course, as others have said, it has nice Bokeh (something to be expected with a 2.8), it's glass produces crisp and clear images at F5.6 through F16. It works great in low light and paired with a Nikon D3s, is an amazing setup.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
BANG FOR THE BUCK EXOTIC LENS 28 Jun 2012
By P. SU - Published on Amazon.com
This lens is one among the Nikon exotic telephoto series, certainly the best bang for the buck on many different levels. They are all tack sharp wide open with awesome bokeh and superb construction to last decades, starting with the 200mm f2, 300mm f2.8, 400mm f2.8, 200-400mm f/4, 500mm f/4 etc. Obviously there are different preferred uses (portraits, wildlife, sports,zoom vs prime) at different focal lengths for everyone, but the 300mm f/2.8 VR I is, as far as I know, the only one which is optically identical to the VR II other than the VR mechanism, for a lot less money.
It's longer and not as fat as the 200mm f/2, so it balances a little better when hand holding. The 200mm and the 300mm are probably the only ones I would consider hand holding. I would forget about 200-400mm and 400mm f/2.8 for hand holding, it's just too straining on the arm and the back no matter how strong you are.
For the range, the 400mm f/2.8 is probably the king of the pack, super sharp and easily go up to 800mm if you pair it with some TCs. But it cost close to 7-9k depending which version you get.
For portraits, go with the 200mm with a more comfortable working distance.
The 300mm fits somewhere in between, a little too far for portraits but a little too short for wildlife. But it's super sharp so feel free to slap a TC onto it to get some additional range. Another plus is its cost, just slightly more than a 200mm.
For sports and wildlife, the 200-400 might be more versatile than these primes (for normal people who cannot afford to have 5 exotic telephotos all at the same time for pro sports shooting)
20 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Lens 8 Aug 2008
By A. J. Davies - Published on Amazon.com
An amazing lens by any standard. Sharp as a tack, Ultra quick AF, beautiful Bokeh wide open. Fabulous and expensive. Oh and don't buy it off Amazon, get it from B&H.
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