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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
excellent quality and performance This is an excellent lens, it's a little bulky but it's what I use when I want a good telephoto with low ISO in an active environment. I frequently shoot this lens at f/2.8 and always like the results. June 9, 2011
I use this lens for sports and nature photography. The fast focus is incredible, and the sharpness is incomparable. Although heavy, used on a tripod or bi pod, the weight is unnoticeable. This lens is just what the doctor ordered.....Love it. April 16, 2011
Surprisingly versatile lens I was familiar with the great color rendition this lens provides, the reach and the focusing speed. I was unprepared for the beautiful OOF rendering and the ability of the lens to create fine portrait shots. The 2.8 and the nano really seems to make all of the difference in the world. April 14, 2011
High Expectations Exceeded Very fast focus that has been spot on. Heavy, but shoot hand-held at times and pleased with results. I prefer to shoot with monopod or tripod ... I find D700 and 300/2.8 easy to carry over the shoulder with monopod attached ... pleasant surprise. Use it for birds, moon, field sports. Plan on being social if you have one ... people are always stopping and asking about the lens and an opinion of how it performs. April 14, 2011
Superb lens This is the best lens I have ever used. The focus is quick and accurate and the VR makes hand-holding this large lens possible. I am an avid amateur wildlife photographer and am quite capable of holding the lens steady even while following birds in flight. February 1, 2011
Excellent lens! This is a great lens. It's a little heavy to hand-hold, but I do it all the time. If not for a bicycle crash, it would probably be an easy hand-hold. Optics are every bit as good as you'd expect. I shoot birds in flight, and this is my go-to lens. No complaints, whatsoever. August 26, 2010
caveat I have had the lens for less than a month, and am extremely pleased with its performance, which I consider to be a five star. However, the carryiing strap padding is woefully inadequate and the webbing is already showing signs of wear where it passes through the slots on the lens, which have sharp edges rather than being rounded. I am considering a Kevlar webbed well padded strap by another manufacturer. So, in saying that I would recommend the lens, such a recommendation would be accompanied by this serious concern. September 28, 2012
Verify the AF Accuracy Before Use Please see the attached graphs. I used LensAlign and FocusTune to test the Nikkor 300mm f2.8G ED VRII lens, Serial Number 209819. The lens was mounted on an Arca-Swiss Z1G (giant) monoball and Gitzo 5000 series carbon-fiber legs, at a height of 42 inches. The ISO was 1600 and the shutter speed was 1/320. The lens-to-target distance was 26 feet and I used a shutter release cable. The camera body was a Nikon D4 that last week came back from Nikon NY after being adjusted for a back-focusing issue. For an overview of the lens AF performance, I took 4 shots at each micro-adjustment value from minus 20 to plus 20 in steps of 5 units. Based on this overview test and to look for a peak in the curve, I took 9 shots at each micro-adjustment value from plus 10 to plus 20 in steps of 2 units. As you can see both curves go up from left to right, but do not come down. This means, there is no peak. Conclusion, this high-priced lens is focusing in front of the target by greater than 20 micro-adjustment units. If this was my first such experience, I would not be so appalled. Sad to say, that last month I tested a new Nikkor 85mm 1.8D lens, only to find that it was focusing behind the target by greater than minus 20 micro-adjustment units. This 300mm f2.8G ED VRII lens, Serial Number 209819, was returned to B&H (RMA) for a new lens. The B&H representative was very professional. He said, it happens. I tested the replacement 300mm f2.8G ED VRII lens, Serial Number 209868, in exactly the same way that was used for the defective lens. The replacement lens (209868) was also front focusing, but not as badly as the defective lens. The replacement lens could be adjusted for accurate focus on the target with the AF micro-adjustment set to plus 16. Can we pro photographers trust Nikon’s quality control? Yes, but verify. The 300mm f2.8G ED VRII image sharpness is impressive. The service from B&H is also impressive. June 12, 2013
300mm f/2.8G ED VR II I have only been able to get clear shots with the VR turned off. On a tripod I have experienced double imaging with the VR on. This is 2 images about 1/8th of an inch apart directly up and down from each other. This lens takes more learning to get it to do what you need that my other lenses. Focusing has been a challenge. Depth of field takes some getting use to. At 10 meters f/8 at small bird (Chickadee) will be only be partly focused. I am sure this is a capable lens and may take some getting use to. The filter slot doe not have a circular adjustment knob, although Nikon sells one. Using a Nikon Polarized filter is a problem without the ability to adjust the filter. Having this as an option(a pricey one) on a lense at this price range is not comforting. I have had this in for service for the VR issue and they say there is nothing wrong. I have owned this for 1-1/2 years now. May 29, 2013
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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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