The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR marries innovative optical technology with superb design, offering you unrivalled performance in the world’s lightest 300mm autofocus (AF) lens*1. Built with Nikon’s proprietary Phase Fresnel (PF) lens*2, this telephoto innovation enables your images to stand out with new levels of sharpness and clarity with virtually no chromatic aberration of ghosting. Fit it to your FX-format DSLR to fully leverage its pro-level optical proficiency and capture effortlessly stunning images.
With a maximum aperture of f/4 that creates artistic images with bokeh, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR shoots beautifully, even in low light situations. It also puts more auto-exposure control right in your hands, as its electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism offers consistent exposure in high-speed shooting situations. Photographing adrenaline-pumping moments is further enhanced by Vibration Reduction (VR), which reduces the need for a tripod and minimises shake, while providing an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.5 stops faster (in NORMAL mode*3). For capturing subjects such as athletes who are moving swiftly and unpredictably, switch to SPORT VR mode for a remarkably responsive photography experience.
Thanks to the innovative PF lens element, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is the world's lightest*1 300mm AF lens, weighing in at a mere 755g. Its ultra-compact feature offers incredible portability, making it the quintessential prime lens that deserves a place in any serious photographer’s bag.
*1 Among 300mm fixed focal length (prime) AF lenses compatible with 35mm "full-size" format cameras available as of January 6, 2015. Statement based on Nikon research.
*2 The PF lens, developed by Nikon, effectively compensates chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon. It provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a normal glass lens. Diffraction phenomenon explains that light has characteristics as a waveform. When a waveform faces an obstacle, it attempts to go around and behind it, and this characteristic is referred to as diffraction. The diffraction causes chromatic dispersion in the reverse order of refraction. Due to the characteristics of a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens that utilizes the photo diffraction phenomenon, when there is a strong light source within the frame or when light enters the lens from outside of the frame, ring-shaped coloured flare may occur according to shooting conditions. This phenomenon can be minimized with “PF Flare Control” to be included in Capture NX-D (ver.1.1.0 or later).
*3 Measured in accordance with CIPA standards in NORMAL mode using an FX-format digital SLR camera.
1. Key features
With its compact and light design as well as high optical performance, this telephoto lens is ideal for capturing a wide range of scenes such as sports, wildlife, landscapes, portraits, and more.
* When attached to a DX-format SLR, the angle of view is equivalent to that of a lens with a focal length of 450 mm in FX/35mm format.
The following teleconverters are compatible with this lens:
AF-S Teleconverters TC-14E III/TC-17E II*/TC-20E III*
* Autofocus is available only with single-servo AF (AF-S) and then only when the lens is mounted on a camera that supports f/8.
Employing a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens, a first for a NIKKOR lens, an outstandingly compact and light body is realized. Compared to the current AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED, weight is reduced by approx. 545 g, length by approx. 75 mm and diameter by approx. 1 mm.
Image blur caused by camera shake is effectively reduced by the built-in Vibration Reduction function that provides an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.5 stops faster (in NORMAL mode; based on CIPA Standard*). SPORT mode, particularly effective when shooting sports, for example, in which subjects are radically moving, is adopted following the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR.
* When attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera.
Employing a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element and an ED glass element, plus Nano Crystal Coat, superior optical performance with minimized chromatic aberration and ghost effect is achieved.
Beautifully blurred pictures that cannot be attained with zoom lenses can be taken. The range of shooting applications is extended to dark scenes such as at sunset and dawn. Pictures that retain high image quality can be captured even in dark interiors
A diaphragm blade unit with drive mechanism is incorporated in the lens barrel, enabling diaphragm control via electric signals from the camera body. This ensures stable auto-exposure control even during high-speed continuous shooting.
Effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease or dirt, ensuring easy removal even if they adhere to the lens surface.
The PF (Phase Fresnel) lens, developed by Nikon, effectively compensates chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon*. It provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a normal glass lens. Compared to many general camera lenses that employ an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with less number of lens elements. A general interchangeable lens forms an image on an imaging plane, using the photorefractive phenomenon. The degree of light refraction differs depending on the color (wavelength), and image formation is performed in the order of blue (B), green (G), and red (R) starting with the portion near the lens (see the diagram below). The color deviation referred to as chromatic aberration induces color bleeding, resulting in a deterioration of observed or captured images. With PF (Phase Fresnel) lenses, on the other hand, image formation is performed in the order of red (R), green (G), and blue (B) starting with the portion near the lens (see the diagram below). By combining the PF (Phase Fresnel) lens with a refractive lens, chromatic aberration can be effectively compensated.
* Diffraction phenomenon: Light has characteristics as a waveform. When a waveform faces an obstacle, it attempts to go around and behind it, and this characteristic is referred to as diffraction. Diffraction causes chromatic dispersion in the reverse order of refraction.
Due to the characteristics of a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens that utilizes the photo diffraction phenomenon, when there is a strong light source within the frame or when light enters the lens from outside of the frame, ring-shaped colored flare may occur according to shooting conditions. This phenomenon can be minimized with “PF Flare Control” included in Capture NX-D. See the comparison images below: original image (above), PF Flare Control applied (below). Refer to the software manual for more information. Capture NX-D is available from our website. Please download and use the latest version.
2. System chart
Fmount, Type E AF-S lens with built-in CPU
16elements in, 10groups, (including 1 ED lens element, 1 PF(Phase Fresnel) element, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal or fluorine coatings)
Angle of view
Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras: 8° 10′, Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 5° 20′
VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
No. of diaphragm blades
Nano Crystal Coat, Fluorine coat
Automatic electronic aperture control
77mm, P = 0.75 mm
Approx. 89 mm maximum diameter x 147.5 mm
Approx.755g (26.6 oz.)
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Manual, Manual/Auto, Auto/Manual
Focus limit switch
Two positions: FULL (∞ – 1.4 m) and ∞ – 3 m
Focus distance indicator
77 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-73, Lens Case CL-M3