Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED II

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED II

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 1991-01-01

MSRP Price: $3100

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Good

Production Status: Discontinued

Lens Description: Super-fast, super-quiet lens using Nikon\'s Silent Wave motor technology.rnrnCompact super-telephoto lens for travel, sports, wildlife, and stock photography. M/A switch for fast transitions from AF to manual focus. No power drain when manually focusing. Compatible with Nikon TC-14E II, TC-17E II, and TC-20E II teleconverters, AF operation only with TC14E II.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED II Specifications

Lens Specifications
* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area  
Lens Type Prime Lens
Focal Length 300mm
Mount Type Nikon F
Format Full Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s) 35mm FX / DX
Compatible with Teleconverters Yes
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization) No
Aperture Information
Aperture Ring Yes
Maximum Angle of View (Full Frame format) 8°10'
Optical Information
Lens Elements 11
Lens Groups 8
Diaphragm Blades 9
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements 3 ED Glass Elements
Nano Crystal Coat No
Super Integrated Coat (SIC) No
Focus Information
Focus Autofocus
Built-in Focus Motor No
Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Yes
Distance Information Yes
Filter Information
Filter Size 52mm
Accepts Filter Type Screw-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust Sealing No
Mount Material Metal
Tripod Collar Yes
Dimensions 124 x 268.5mm
Weight 2.5kg
Other Information
Available in Colors Black
Supplied Accessories Slip-on front lens cap, LF-1 Rear Lens Cap, Slip-on Lens Hood HK-26, CL-L1 Ballistic Nylon Semi-Soft Lens Case, Gelatin filter holder, 52mm screw-in NC filter, LN-1 Lens Strap

Lens Construction

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED Lens Construction

MTF Chart

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED MTF Chart

Reader Interactions


  1. Gary Dellow
    March 21, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Good morning / afternoon,
    I recently purchased a second hand NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED II, unfortunately I am unable to find anyone who has this beast to provide any tips? Could you point me in the right direction.

    Much appreciated

    • Stephen
      May 9, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      Make sure the filter is clean and use a gimbel head on your tripod.

  2. Martin Helthuis
    October 30, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Very good choise.I have one too..Its build for life.Very sharp and high contrast combined with the perfect bokey..Also almost no vignetting.Dont sell it anymore.

  3. Chris
    January 24, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Hey everybody,
    recently purchased a used copy as well.
    Man, this quite “old” lens is tack sharp, super fast and has a quiet AF.

    The only thing I wan’t to point out on the negative side: It’s NOT compatible
    with the Nikon D7500 crop camera. Which is a petty. D500 does work though!


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