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Nikon launches revised 300mm F/2.8 VR lens

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Author:  |  Published: 12/15/2009 19:03:52 |  Rating: 
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A fast telephoto lens offering built-in Vibration Reduction (VR II), and the world’s first telephoto converter to utilize an aspherical lens element, extending focal length by 2×, both compatible with the FX format

TOKYO — Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of two new lens products, compatible with the FX format. The fast telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens is equipped with vibration reduction (VR II) that reduces the effects of camera shake equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four stops. The AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III, is the world’s first teleconverter* to utilize an aspherical lens element.

Nikon’s development of the FX-format D3-series and D700 digital-SLR cameras has received tremendous support from professional and advanced amateur photographers. Nikon is expanding NIKKOR lens and accessory lineups by releasing new, high-performance products compatible with the FX format, allowing us to cater to the more advanced demands of users.

* As of December 10, 2009 (according to research conducted by Nikon Corporation).

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II primary features

Built-in vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately 4 stops

The addition of A/M (autofocus with manual override; AF priority) focus mode prevents accidental switching from autofocus to manual focus. Along with M/A (autofocus with manual override; manual priority) mode, which enables manual focusing by rotating the focus ring while autofocus is operating and M (manual) mode, this makes for a total of three focus modes.

The lens optics and Nano Crystal Coat so well received with previous lenses have been adopted without modification

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II primary specifications

Focal length 300mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 11 elements in 8 groups (3 ED glass elements, Nano Crystal Coat)
1 protective glass element
Angle of view 8°10’ (5°20’ with Nikon DX format)
Closest focusing distance Autofocus: 2.3 m
Manual focus: 2.2 m
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Focusing Autofocus utilizing an internal Silent Wave Motor Manual focus possible
Filter/attachment size 52 mm
Diameter x length (extension from lens mount)
Approximately 124 (dia.) x 267.5 mm (extension from the camera’s lens-mount flange)
Weight Approximately 2,900 g

Supplied accessories Slip-on front lens cap, Rear Lens Cap LF-1, Lens Hood HK-30, Semi-soft Case CL-L1, Dedicated filter holder, 52mm Screw-on NC Filter, Strap LN-1

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