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    Default [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR



    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR


    The world’s lightest 300mm autofocus (AF) lens. Built with Nikon’s proprietary Phase Fresnel (PF) lens
    Small and light as advertised. Let's take a look at the official specifications.
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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    Technical Specification


    • Mount Type Nikon F-Bayonet
    • Focal Length 300mm
    • Maximum Aperture f/4
    • Minimum Aperture f/32
    • Format FX/35mm
    • Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 5°20'
    • Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) 8°10'
    • Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.24x
    • Lens Elements 16
    • Lens Groups 10
    • Compatible Format(s) FX, DX
    • VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilisation Yes
    • Diaphragm Blades 9
    • Distance Information Yes
    • Nano Crystal Coat Yes
    • ED Glass Elements 1
    • Phase Fresnel 1
    • Fluorine Coat Yes
    • Aspherical Elements 1
    • Super Integrated Coating Yes
    • Autofocus Yes
    • AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) Yes
    • Internal Focusing Yes
    • Minimum Focus Distance 1.4m
    • Focus Mode Manual, Manual/Auto, Auto/Manual
    • G-type Yes
    • Filter Size 77mm
    • Accepts Filter Type Screw-on
    • Compatible with Nikon AF-S Teleconverters Yes (refer to the product manual for details)
    • Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 89 mm x 147.5 mm (Based on CIPA Guideline)
    • Approx. Weight 755 g (Based on CIPA Guideline)


    Impressive Big wall of text for those who like specifications and numbers, I prefer to look at pictures

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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    Marketed as the world's lightest 300mm lens

    At just 147.5mm long and 755g—over 30% shorter and 1.5lbs lighter than its predecessor—the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is the world's lightest 300mm full-frame AF lens. (As of January 5, 2015. Statement based on Nikon research.) The secret to its remarkable size? A Nikon-designed Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element, a first for the NIKKOR DSLR lens lineup.




    Small and light it is, at just 755g you can hardly feel that it is a 300mm f4, I mounted it on a Nikon D810 and brought it around shooting handheld, no shoulder aches.



    Metal lens mount with weather sealing



    Accepts 77mm diameter Screw in filters

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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR


    Useful distance information for those who know how to use it
    Note the minimum focusing distance


    VR Mode Switch: Off, Normal and Sport


    Focusing Limiter Switch and Focusing Switch


    I was expecting that this lens would be Made in Thailand, like the 70-200 f4. But this is made in China, interesting.

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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    The box contains a lens bag and a Hood


    Without hood


    With Hood

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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    Ok how does it perform? can it replace the 70-200? What does the bokeh at f4 look like









    the depth of field is shallow as you can see

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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR







    Nikon is now offering a firmware update for the VR issues found in early shipments of this lens (serial number under 205101).
    The problem: when shooting at around 1/125 or lower shutter speeds with a D8xx cameras, handheld shots with the VR OFF were much sharper than the shots taken with the VR ON

    The shot at f32 displayed just that problem. I was wondering why.

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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    The focusing was fast and accurate on the D810, I had to shoot at smaller apertures to get more depth of field.




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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    works great for butterflies








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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    and grasshoppers



    the narrow angle of view and limited DOF gives you interesting photo opportunities, especially with the minimum focusing distance








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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    It is even possible to use it to shoot food, not the best choice of lens, but possible









    you will need to shoot from a different table and really high up, the limited DOF is also a factor to consider

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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    of course it works well with birds too






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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    People - for those who like to shoot from a distance








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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    major drawback with Phase Fresnel (PF) lens elements

    this is the official word from nikon

    "Phase Fresnel (PF) lens elements effectively compensate for chromatic aberration and ghosting when combined with ordinary glass lens elements. The PF lens element is based upon the Phase Fresnel lens, which appears to have a series of concentric circles engraved onto it. Utilizing a Phase Fresnel lens element allows Nikon engineers to use fewer lens elements, resulting in a more compact and lightweight lens. Due to the characteristics of a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens that utilizes the photo diffraction phenomenon, when there is a strong light source within the frame or when light enters the lens from outside of the frame, ring-shaped colored flare may occur according to shooting conditions. This phenomenon can be minimized with “PF Flare Control” to be included in Capture NX-D (ver.1.1.0 or later). For more information, see software Help/manual. Capture NX-D is available from the Nikon website. Be sure to keep your software up to date."





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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    almost forgot about the moon, shot hand held from my kitchen window

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    Default Re: [ortega] Hands on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

    in conclusion a small and light lens that is sharp, limited angle of view and good magnification ratio from the close minimum focusing distance makes it versatile, need to shoot at smaller apertures to counter the limited DOF.

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