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Practical, compact f/4 super-telephoto prime lens

Offering an excellent balance between size, speed and image quality, the fast AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED produces great sharpness, making it an ideal super-telephoto lens for sports, wildlife or travel applications. If greater reach is needed, it’s fully compatible with all Nikon teleconverters. It even handles close-up shooting suprisingly well.
Silent Wave Motor
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
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IF Lens

Capture distant action

Super-telephoto reach and pristine clarity

The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED delivers exceptionally clear images from remarkeable distances. It’s fixed 300mm focal length lets you get closer to the excitement of a sporting event, the natural splendor of wildlife and the breathtaking details of a landscape. And because of its compact size and lightweight construction, it’s perfect for carrying around during a full day of shooting. Combine it with a Nikon teleconverter, and you can achieve up to an astounding 600mm of reach!

Superb image quality

Superior NIKKOR optical design

The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED delivers the exceptional image quality and performance that has made NIKKOR lenses famous. Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing with seamless manual override. Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass produces superior sharpness, contrast and color, even in challenging lighting situations. And the Internal Focusing (IF) design keeps the lens compact and lightweight.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor, which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
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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.
IF Lens
IF Lens
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.
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Excellent Portable Telephoto Lens This Nikon 300mm f/4 lens is well suited for travel when you need a moderate "reach" with an Nikon FX camera body, or a "longer reach" with a Nikon DX camera body, while trying to keep the size and weight of your equipment at a minimum. The maximum f/4 aperture is more than adequate for outdoor lighting given the acceptable ISOs available in todays camera bodies. The attached photo was taken hand held at 1/125 of a second, an aperture of f/4, and an ISO value of 1000. October 10, 2014
My GoTo Long lens for DX, FX, CX formats I have owned this lens for almost 5 years and have taken thousands of pictures with it. I also have several long AIS Primes, AF70-300mm f/4-5.6 and the AFS 70-200 F/2.8 VR. I use all my these long lenses with a TC17EII or TC-201 for the AIS lenses. Without question the 300mm f/4 is the sharpest in my stable of long lenses. It is awesome on the D300, D600, D700 and the 1V1 where it gives an incredible 1377mm reach with the TC-17. Focus is a bit touchy, but hey it doesn't cost over $10,000us. All this said, I prefer the 70-200 for sports and portraits. June 5, 2014
Great Lens I own the 18-300 Nikon lens, which is a great all-purpose carry-around lens, but wanted something sharper at the longer focal length. I recently bought this lens, and I am amazed at its sharpness. I prefer to shoot wildlife and birds, and this lens takes awesome sharp images. The autofocus is quick and accurate, and the bokeh is very nice. I attach it to a monopod that I use to handle the lens/camera combination. It gives me stability in lower light situations and supports the lens. I highly recommend this lens. My next purchase will be a Nikon 1.4 teleconverter to extend the lens even further, and I plan to use this lens as the go-to lens for wildlife photos January 4, 2014
Incredibly Sharp Lens! I am currently using this lens with a Nikon D800. I read a lot of online reviews before making the purchase. And I'm glad I didn't wait any longer to purchase this lens. I have captured some incredible wildlife shots of deer with this lens! I always keep a Nikon TC 1.4x attached. The rear lens element is "exposed," even when mounted to the camera. And it seems likely dirt/dust could enter into the rear element. In addition, I don't feel that sharpness, autofocus or Depth of Field suffers with the Teleconverter attached. And 120mm extra reach certainly helps on an FX body (focal length = 420mm). I am personally blown away by the depth of field on this lens. I shot 3 deer standing in a row from about 50-60ft away, and one head was in clear focus, while the other two were gradually blurred [settings = 420mm , f/5.6]. I was shocked to realize I needed to step down in order to bring all deer into focus. This can really enhance wildlife/nature shots with regards to how you want to portray the background behind the animals! This lens is not "lightweight" as the product description states. It is definitely lighter than the 300mm f/2.8 (which I personally have not used). But it will take some practice to hand hold and capture steady shots. I have not shot below 1/400sec yet to put my technique to the test. But why would you when shooting wildlife?! I bought the Kirk collar to replace the Nikon collar (again, a recommendation from online research). In addition, this lens can comfortably be used in extreme temperatures. My first "shoot" was a hike looking for deer in -12C (around 10F) temperatures. And there were no issues with lens fogging (I keep a 77mm B+W clear MRC filter attached at all times). I have not tried the lens in rain. I have shot several times since in below freezing temperatures without any issues. Again, great for nature photography! In conclusion, I am personally blown away by the sharpness of this lens. It can be hand held for an "extended" shoot, but will require some patience and practice in hand holding technique. The autofocus is very quick in my opinion. And I've shot on gloomy winter days in the woods while the sun is setting. I experience minimal hunting with wide open aperature (f/5.6 - because of TeleConverter), but this could be attributed to animals walking behind trees/shrubs). A little extra ISO in gloomy conditions delivers stunning colours! If you are looking for a telephoto lens: Don't look much further unless you have a spare $6,000 for the f/2.8. I have not shot with the 300mm f/2.8 so I can not give a valid comparison, but this lens blows me away! I don't think someone could persuade me a lens of the same focal length could be worth 4x as much! February 12, 2013
spectacular lens not light, but lighter than comparable products, allowed me to hike w lens and tripod to observation point. achieved photo of crusader fort/monastery in Israel in deep canyon i had not previously been able to get with other lenses. January 23, 2013
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how to know the Latest Product Number of AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED?

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I want to buy AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED Lens but how to know the latest Product number( to get latest product)?
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Our product numbers are usually listed right below the price. The product number for the AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED is 1909.
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Can I use it with my Nikon D90?
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Is there a teleconverter that works with this lens?

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The TC 14EII will work, the TC17EII and TTC20EII will work with † Autofocus is available only with cameras that offer f/8 support. These include the D4, D800/D800E, D600 and D7100.
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Yes. The AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED is fully compatible with D300s.
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I would use this lens with my D90 to take bird photos but want to use a longer telextender. Because the D90 does not support AF when using the 1.7 or 2.0 TC's, my questions are as follows: (a# how difficult would it be to focus manually, and #b# would the other functions of my D90 #exposure, etc) continue to work on automatic with a Nikon 1.7 or 2.0 TC?
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Manually focusing on a moving subject is very difficult, and required practice. Except Autofocus, All other functions should work with when using the TC17II and TC-20's with the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED lens and D90.
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like with a VR or a new AF-S system. Thank You
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Nikon rumors has said a VR version is soon to be released.
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Is this lens compatible with the D5200?

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Can I use this for D3100 for Bird photography ?

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Yes, full function, you will have a 450mm effective field of view.
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They probably list it as not compatible because it will not autofocus. Only AF-S lenses will autofocus, AF lenses will only manual focus as they do not have built in focus motors.
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It is not weather sealed.
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