January 6, 2015

The world’s lightest fixed focal length (prime) telephoto lens with a focal length of 300mm and maximum aperture of f/4, achieved with the adoption of a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element, a first for NIKKOR lenses

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, a fixed focal length telephoto lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.

The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is a fixed focal length telephoto lens with a focal length of 300mm*1 and a maximum aperture of f/4. As the first NIKKOR lens for which a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element has been adopted, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR not only weighs approximately 545 g less than the previous fixed focal length telephoto lens*2, but it is approximately 75 mm shorter in total length (from camera lens mount flange) and its maximum diameter is approximately 1 mm smaller. This significant decrease in size makes it the world’s lightest*3 lens of its type. In addition, it offers a vibration reduction (VR) function that exhibits camera shake compensation equal to a 4.5-stop*4 increase in shutter speed. The lens is also equipped with a SPORT VR mode, which enables effective photography of athletes and other subjects that are moving rapidly and unpredictably. This makes the lens highly portable and easy to handle with hand-held shooting, despite the fact that it is a fixed focal length telephoto lens.

Adoption of Nano Crystal Coat lens coating enables crisp, clear images, and adoption of a PF lens element and an ED lens element achieves superior optical performance with little chromatic aberration. The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR enables expression of the beautiful blur characteristics possible only with a fixed focal length lens with a maximum aperture of f/4. This lens allows users to enjoy imaging expression that utilizes the characteristics of fixed focal length telephoto lenses with capture of a wide variety of photographic scenes, from sporting events and wildlife to landscapes and portraits.

Further, adoption of an electro-magnetic aperture mechanism makes for more stable auto exposure (AE) with high-speed continuous shooting. In addition, Nikon’s exclusive and highly durable fluorine coat adopted for the surface of the front lens element effectively repels water and oils, and makes cleaning the lens easier even when it does get dirty.

  • *1When used with a Nikon DX-format digital SLR camera, the effective angle of view is equivalent to that of a lens with a 450mm focal length in 35mm [135] format.
  • *2The Ai AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED
  • *3Among 300mm fixed focal length (prime) AF lenses compatible with 35mm “full-size” format cameras available as of January 6, 2015. Statement based on Nikon research.
  • *4Measured in accordance with CIPA standards in NORMAL mode using an FX-format digital SLR camera.

  • The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.

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