The Nikon 300mm f2.8 G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor is a professional, fast aperture, super-telephoto lens that is perfect for wildlife and sports photographers. Featuring Nikon's second generation Vibration Reduction (VR) system, it produces outstandingly sharp images even under low light conditions. The optics feature Nano Crystal coatings and three ED (Extra low Dispersion) glass elements. More
The Nikon 300mm f2.8 G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor is a professional, fast aperture, super-telephoto lens that is perfect for wildlife and sports photographers. Featuring Nikon's second generation Vibration Reduction (VR) system, it produces outstandingly sharp images even under low light conditions. The optics feature Nano Crystal coatings and three ED (Extra low Dispersion) glass elements.
- While primarily aimed at sports and wildlife photographers, the 300mm f/2.8 VR II is also a wonderful lens for portraiture and press photography. This latest version by Nikon is an update on an already tried and tested design, but it has been brought up to date with the additions of the latest VR II technology among other things. Tom Mason takes a closer look.
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Nikon 300mm f2.8 G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Lens: Key Features
Fast aperture, super telephoto lens
300mm focal length (DX equivalent 450mm)
Vibration Reduction II (VR II) stabilization system with Normal and Active modes. Lets you use shutter speeds that are up to 4 stops slower
Nano Crystal coat reduces ghost and flare
Three focus modes: instant manual focus override (M/A), manual (M) and instant auto focus override (A/M) that prioritizes autofocus even when the focus ring is in use
Closest focusing distance: 2.3 m in AF mode; 2.2 m in MF mode
Three ED (Extra low Dispersion) glass elements ensure crisp results
SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast, quiet autofocus
Detachable hood and soft case included
Ultra-fast f/2.8 super-telephoto prime lens
The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II combines an ultra-fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, Vibration Reduction (VR II) image stabilization and professional telephoto performance optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both Nikon FX- and DX-format DSLRs. If action and sports photojournalism, live performance shooting or wildlife photography is your calling, no lens outperforms the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II. And if greater reach is needed, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II is fully compatible with all Nikon teleconverters.
Unrivalled NIKKOR optical performance
Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing with seamless manual override. Nano Crystal Coat (N) and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass virtually eliminate ghosting and lens flare and produce superior sharpness, contrast and colour. Enhanced dust and moisture-resistance, magnesium die-cast barrel construction and a protective meniscus front lens deliver the durability working photographers demand.
M/A – Manual/Automatic
Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.
N – Nano Crystal Coat
An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths.
SWM – Silent Wave Motor
AF-s is what Nikon calls their ultra-fast Auto-Focusing lenses which utilise Nikons silent wave motor (~SWM). This system works by converting travelling waves into rotational energy to focus the optics the ultrasonic waves move in a spiral pattern inside the barrel with the motor positioned on top of the waves driving it from below.
SIC – Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
IF – Internal Focusing
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
VR – Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.