Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 300mm f/4D

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 2000-08-29

MSRP Price: $1499

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Good

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: This lightweight, compact, fast-focusing telephoto lens for sports, wildlife and action photography is perfect for carrying around during a full day of shooting.

Photography Life Review Summary: I have been happily shooting with the Nikon 300mm f/4D AF-S for the last 6+ years. It has given me lots of opportunities to capture beautiful wildlife shots and it is still a very active lens in my arsenal when I have to travel light or hike long distances. While I also own the Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR lens (which costs 6 times more than the 300mm f/4!), I find the latter to be heavy and bulky for travel, so I end up using the 300mm f/4D more when I travel to other states and countries by air. Thus, the biggest advantage of the Nikon 300mm f/4D for me is its compactness and light weight, which saves my back and lets me hand-hold the lens for extended periods of time. When I know that I will be hiking long distances, I also prefer to carry my 300mm f/4D - it fits nicely in all of my backpacks, even with the TC-14E II attached. Read the full Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED Review by Photography Life.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED 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, 35mm Film
Compatible with TeleconvertersYes
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.27x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/32
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 Elements10
Lens Groups6
Diaphragm Blades9
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements2
Super Integrated Coat (SIC)Yes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Silent Wave Motor (SWM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance4.8 ft. (1.45m)
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size77mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarYes
Dimensions(Approx.) 3.5x8.8 in. (Diameter x Length) 90x222.5mm (Diameter x Length)
Weight(Approx.) 50.8 oz. (1,440g)
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack
Supplied AccessoriesCL-M2 case Front cover Rear lens cap

Lens Construction

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f4D IF-ED Construction

MTF Chart

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f4D IF-ED MTF Curve

Image Samples

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f4D IF-ED samples (4) AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f4D IF-ED samples (3)

Common Dolphin Jump Waning Gibbous Moon

American Pika with Food Broad-tailed Hummingbird in flight


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What MP fx sensor can it cover without degradation in picture quality?

Sean Hollick

After reading through some of your amazing articles regarding birding related equipment, please correct me if I am wrong but the Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S is the basic lens i will need to start taking pictures of birds.

My question is what is the minimum priced Nikon body will i need to go with it.

In your tips on bird photography you did much with the D300 which seems hard to find now and if you do find it has a huge shutter counts, the next one seems to be the D700 which also seem to have very high shutter counts used.

I don’t care about video, I would just love to take beautiful photos of birds.

On a budget in 2016 what do you recommend for the novice, to get in the door and take advantage of the Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S?

I do want to stay with Nikon btw.

Thanks so much for all the information , even a bit over whelming for me right now.

Peter Knechtges

Excuse my comment was wrong, it relates to the new 300mm pf

Peter Knechtges

I’m waiting for the 3 lens, the first and second had massive problems with the VR stabilization at 1/125 second and near. The optical quality is convincing, but the problem with the VR but not acceptable.