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  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.