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Fast-aperture f/2.8 NIKKOR Super Telephoto
Wide aperture, professional telephoto performance, optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness for both FX and DX-format Nikon D-SLRs—perfect for action and sports photojournalism, wildlife photography and more.

Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat
Further reduces ghosting and internal flare for even greater image clarity.

Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Delivers fast, accurate and quiet autofocusing.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.

Rugged Construction
Featuring enhanced dust and moisture-resistance, magnesium die-cast barrel construction and a protective meniscus front lens.

Fully compatible with Nikon TC-14E II, TC-17E II and TC-20E II (III) Teleconverters.

Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops** of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture.

Three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at wide apertures.

Three Focus Modes
A/M mode joins the familiar M/A and M modes, enhancing AF control versatility with fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus to accommodate personal shooting techniques.

AF Memory Recall
Allows instant return to a predetermined point of focus.

Close Focusing to 7.2 feet
Focus to 7.2 feet in manual focus or 7.5 feet in autofocus, enabling striking image perspectives.

Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II 4.6 5 14 14
1st Class Lens I read hundreds of reviews before purchasing this lens and I can attest that the praise this lens receives is warranted. This is a workhorse lens. Very fast auto focus. Very sharp images with proper holding/mounting. I put it through it's rigors w/D800 and I cannot see any vignetting or other aberrations. Accurate color representation. Impressive in low light. Of note: The case it comes with is impressive too. Padded of course, with shoulder strap, handle for hand carry and velcro for attaching to belt or whatever... October 14, 2013
This is one serious lens I have had zooms before, and in fact I have the 70-300 zoom that came with my d600 kit. This guy is in a completely different league. Just got it today and tried some handheld shots playing around. It is big and relatively heavy but the stabilization works wonders. September 17, 2013
For Wildlife in action! If your name of the game is wildlife in action this lens is for you. Birds in flight, ext, ext July 21, 2012
Bucket List This lens was on my bucket list since the late 1970s when a friend had one on a shoot with me and let me try it. I finally purchased one. I have to say this glass is the finest glass I've ever owned bar none. If I do my part, it can produce brilliant images with amazing micro contrast and tonal blending. It's also razor sharp wherever you want it from wide open to stopped down a good bit. One thing to mention is the obvious. It can be heavy to hand hold for a fairly long time and at least a monopod comes in handy if just to give me a rest. With a Nikon 1.7 converter, it has so little degradation that I rarely carry my old Nikon 500 f/4-P in the field anymore. The 300 f/2.8 gives me 500 f/4.8 in the EXIF with this converter, so I'm not losing anything much and it's much lighter and faster to use on birds, perched or in flight. It also makes a superb portrait lens, with or without the converter. The unique perspective will give you a change for the good from your standard portrait glass. It also allows you to stand far enough back outside as to allow a little more candid images of your kids or grandkids. If you're like me and getting older but want that ultimate glass in this focal range, please do yourself a favor and afford it while you can August 8, 2011
Outstanding sharpness. I recently purchased the Nikon 300mm 2.8 VR II lens and my first use was to shoot the launch of STS-134 from the NASA Causeway. I was 6.3 miles from the launch site. I mounted the 300 on a TC 17 E II teleconverter and my Nikon D300. The rig was of course mounted on a tripod. The pictures are amazing. Too bad about the cloudy sky but still very, very nice. I am quite pleased. June 23, 2011
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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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Yes, full functions.
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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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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/answers/detail/a_id/13929
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