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Enhanced legendary f/2.8 300mm super-telephoto prime lens.

Nikon’s renowned 300mm f/2.8 professional super-telephoto lens is now reborn with second-generation Vibration Reduction (VR II) image stabilization and Nikon’s latest lens technologies for even greater performance. The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II delivers exceptional professional results for sports photography, live performance shooting, wildlife and much more. If greater reach is needed, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G is fully compatible with all Nikon teleconverters.
Vibration Reduction
Silent Wave Motor
Nano Crystal Coat
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
M/A
A/M
IF Lens
Outstanding reach and clarity
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.
Legendary image quality
Unrivaled NIKKOR optical performance

Boasting renowned NIKKOR optics, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II also employs the latest Nikon technologies to help produce razor sharp images in challenging situations. 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 color. Enhanced dust and moisture-resistance, magnesium die-cast barrel construction and a protective meniscus front lens deliver the durability working photographers demand.

*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera.

Vibration Reduction
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.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
Nano Crystal Coat
Nano Crystal Coat
An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.
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.
M/A
M/A
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. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.
A/M
A/M
A/M stands for Auto-Priority Manual Mode. This mode also enables an easy transition from autofocus to manual during AF operation. However, mode switch sensitivity has been altered to reduce the possibility of sudden unintentional switching to manual focus while shooting.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
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What a piece of Glass! I was finally able to order my Nikon 300mm F2.8 VR II lens in July 2015 from B & H and received it here in Nigeria on the 10th of August 2015. It is a wonderful lens. Autofocuses even with the 2.0III teleconverter. I got shooting with it right away and the Bokeh this lens produces is so rich and creamy. I bought to shoot wildlife , birds and also for portraits. Looking forward to pairing it with a Nikon d4 or D4s. Will recommend this lens to anyone interested in excellent portraits, sports and wildlife pictures. August 15, 2015
Fantastic Lens I bought this lens 4yrs ago as an upgrade from the very good 300f4. I do wildlife in Africa so this lens with the 3 converters is the most flexible and cost effective lens available. IQ is stunning even with the TC's. I use it now with a Nikon D810 and often use the 1.2 crop mode as it gives more speed, smaller files if I shoot 1000 images on a daytrip and if I need a little extra "reach" Yes I know you can crop but I prefer to frame the images in viewfinder. Using it without the TC's on the FX D810 for landscapes, portraits or wildlife at closer range produce results that might just be tipped by the new 400f2.8. This combination, D810 with 300f2.8 is a marriage made in heaven. March 4, 2015
Worth the weight, or the lack of weight... Fast, responsive, VR and really not that heavy. I've used this hand held, with formal support (mono or tripod), or simply leaning on a tree, car door frame, or my knees sitting on the ground. Pairing it with a 1.4x tele still gives great results. Its the high quality images with the ability to be quickly mobile and use this lens hand-held which makes it great for wildlife in all sorts of environments. Could I shoot all day without support-no. A few hours is no problem. Also packs very well in my camera back-pack with the reversible lens hood attachment. February 27, 2015
300mm 2.8 vr11ed lens I have wanted this lens for a long while. I have the 24-70 2.8 and the 70-200mm vr11 new lens as well. I am so happy with the results with my sports photography with this lens. The color and bokeh are outstanding. i am now looking for the 400mm 2.8 lens next. Dont wait buy it you wont be sorry. October 26, 2014
The standard by which others should be measured This lens is the standard by which other lenses should be measured. Superb in every respect, like color rendering, bokeh, sharpness, virtually no CA, VR, AF speed and accuracy. I have a raft of pro spec Nikon lenses, but the 300 f2.8 VRII is the best of the all of them. Adding the 1.4x TCII (or now the 1.4x TCIII) gives you a 420mm f4 with basically no penaly in IQ or AF speed or accuracy. This just makes the 300mm f2.8 VRII that much more versatile. I cannot recommend this lens highly enough. October 14, 2014
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There is no need. If you look at the optical construction drawing, you will see that the front element is protected by an optically flat glass element that is designed to protect the front optical element. This protective element is relatively inexpensive to replace - at least compared with an optical front element.
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Unfortunately there is no screw or clip mount for filters in front of the front lens. A serious departure, though of course a filter of that diameter would be mucho $. More $ than return and repair that was suggested to me? How about the inconvenience of avoildable damage? Beso's response about the built in filter is incorrect, in that it does not protect the front element.
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Yes, the lens comes with a 52mm filter holder and NC filter and it will also accept a screw on 52 mm filter. You can click on the Accessories tab to see all compatible accessories for this lens.
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will the 2186 product work in my D 100 camera

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I am currently using a Nikon 80-400 VR lens with a Nikon D7000, and want to upgrade the lens, primarily for bird photography, and want to avoid tripod use. I was advised by a fellow photographer that the 300 mm VR2 with the 1.4 TC will technically surpass the 200-400 VR2 at the 400 (420)mm range, and is easier to carry around and shoot with. I already have the 80-400 VR lens, and want to make a wise upgrade purchase that I will be happy with. Probably 95% or more of my photos are at 400 mm, and all are hand-held.
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Each have there advantages, I use a 200-400 and it is superb, even with a 1.4 and 1.7 tc on it. I dare say the 300 might give you slighlty better image quality but what you gain with that you lose on the flexibilty of having a decent zoom. Either way if you are trying to avoid using a tripod I would have a rethink as both of these you wouldnt want to hand hold for too long unless you are an Arnie type bodybuilder, minimum would be a monopd for either of them.
If possible try and rent both for a week or so see which is going to be most suitable for your needs.
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can this lens be used with any nikon teleconverters?

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Yes. All current Nikon teleconverters are fully compatible with this lens including the TC-14E II, TC-17E II, TC-20E II, and TC-20E III.
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Is the 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII lens compatible with the D200 and D300s bodies?

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Yes to both. 450mm effective field of view. also this lens is compatible with the TC-14,17& 20EII and 20EIII teleconverters.
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Unusual VR clicking sound

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I understand that when the VR is active, there is a click on, then very quiet buzzing noise as you hold half way down the shutter button, finally a click off as the VR turns off.

My 300mm f2.8 VRI however, does another louder click whenever I pan the lens too fast and/or sudden movement when the VR is active. This louder click does not seems to effect IQ or VR performance. Is this sound normal?

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If panning , are you using tracking focus???
my 70-200 and 105 mm will click on n off if focus is not locked...
Otherwise I would contact "service and Support" in the above main menu bar...
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Is it possible to use a neutral density filter with the drop in filter holder, and if so which type will fit?

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A 52mm screw-in filter can be used in the drop-in filter holder of the AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII Lens . A 52mm NC screw-in filter is among the supplied accessories for this lens.
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Will the 300mm 2.8 work with the D7000? Thanks.

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Yes, with DX crop your effective field of view will be 450mm
The D7000 has a built in focus motor and will auto focus with all AF, AF-S and AF-I lenses.
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Tripod for my 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens?

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Need a starting place to find a tripod for my 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens. Have begun looking at Manfrotto tripods, but haven't been able to narrow the search to find one suitable for this size/weight lens.
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Take a look at the 055 Pro, I use one of these with a Wimberley Gimbal head attached to a D3 with a 200-400 and it has never let me down
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Using TC 20EIII coupled to AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II, lens resolution will be affected and in what grade?

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My camera is a D800
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The TC-20EIII is comptiable with the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens. For more compatibility information please see this article: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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