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

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

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 2009-12-10

MSRP Price: $5899

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Good

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: Professional, fast-aperture super telephoto lens, now enhanced with Nikon VR II image stabilization and featuring Nano Crystal Coat, is an ideal choice for sports photography, live performance shooting, wildlife and more.

Photography Life Review Summary: Is it a perfect lens? I would almost say “yes”, except there is one little thing I did not like about the 300mm barrel design. Since I shoot hand-held a lot, I found it a little inconvenient that the lens focus ring is so large and too close to the tripod collar, which leaves very little space to hold the lens with the left hand. I don’t know if I’m just very used to the Nikon 200-400mm, but I kept on accidentally touching the focus ring with my thumb and index filters a lot, which messed up my focus several times in the field. The focus ring is not very useful for wildlife photography, because most photographers rely on the autofocus system and only get to use manual focus in rare situations. Aside from this particular issue, I have nothing else to complain about – the lens is truly a work of art and deserves a spot in the hall of fame of best lenses. Read the full Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Review by Photography Life.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Specifications

Lens Specifications
* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area 
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length300mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35 mm Film
Compatible with TeleconvertersYes
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.16x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)Yes
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)5°20'
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)8°10'
Optical Information
Lens Elements11
Lens Groups8
Diaphragm Blades9
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements3
Nano Crystal CoatYes
Super Integrated Coat (SIC)Yes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Silent Wave Motor (SWM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance7.5 ft. (2.3m)7.22.2
Focus Mode SwitchAuto, Manual, Auto/Manual
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size52mm
Accepts Filter TypeSlip-in
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarYes
Dimensions(Approx.) 4.9x10.5 in. (Diameter x Length) 124x267.5mm (Diameter x Length)
Weight(Approx.) 102.3 oz. (2900g)
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack
Supplied Accessories52mm filter holder, 52mm Nikon NC Filter, LN-1 strap, HK-30 Slip-on lens hood, CL-L1 semi-soft case, Slip-on Front lens cover, Rear lens cap

Lens Construction

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f2.8G ED VR II Construction

MTF Chart

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f2.8G ED VR II MTF Curve

Image Samples

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f2.8G ED VR II samples (4) AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f2.8G ED VR II samples (3)

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f2.8G ED VR II samples (2) AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f2.8G ED VR II samples (1)


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James Hsuen

Optimum aperture for sharpness
May I ask what aperture settings did you find the 300 mm f 2.8 to be the sharpest with the lest amount of distortion and light aberration ?
Thank you.