Nikon Intros AF-S 300mm F/4D IF-ED Telephoto Lens

Nikon Intros AF-S 300mm F/4D IF-ED Telephoto Lens

In addition to the touchscreen-toting D5500, Nikon also announced a pair of telephoto lenses, one retractable zoom lens for DX-format cameras and an FX prime lens which is dubbed as the AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4D IF-ED.

Nikon’s new prime telephoto lens is the third iteration of the first 300mm F4 lens that dates back to 1987. With every new release, Nikon has made changes to further improve the picture quality, as well as the autofocus mechanism of the new model, and the AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4D IF-ED is no different.

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The new lens inherits most, if not all of the features of its predecessor which include an Extra-Low Dispersion glass (ED), Internal Focusing (IF), and Silent Wave Motor (SWM), just to name a few. But what sets it apart from the previous model is the addition of Vibration Reduction (VR) feature which provides up to 4.5 stops of gain, and the use of Phase Fresnel (PF) elements which “effectively compensate for chromatic aberration and ghosting when combined with ordinary glass lens elements”.


The use of these PF elements also allowed Nikon engineers to use lesser glass on the lens which, in turn, allowed them to shave a pound-and-half out of the lens’ total heft, as well as make the lens 30% shorter than its predecessor

AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4 FL IF-ED specs:
Construction: 10 elements in 6 groups, including 1 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass, 1 Phase Fresnel Element,
Flourine coating (Front), Super Integrated Coating, and Nano-Crystal Coating
Vibration Reduction up to 4.5 stops
Internal focusing mechanism (non-rotating front element)
Filter thread: 77mm
Aperture blades: 9
Aperture range: F/4 – F/32
Min. Focus distance: 1.4m
Dimensions: 89 (Diameter) x 148mm (Length)
Weight: 755g

The new AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4D IF-ED will have an SRP of $1,999.95 and will be available starting next month.


This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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