Nikon F 70-300mm lens

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A Nikon D80 with a Nikkor AF f/4-5.6G and inverted lens hood.

The 70-300mm lens is a telephoto zoom lens made by Nikon. The lens has an F-mount to work with all the SLRs line of cameras (except the early 70-300G with the D40).

The lens comes in four different versions:

  • AF f/4-5.6G
  • AF f/4-5.6D
  • AF f/4-5.6D ED
  • AF-S f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

It is the successor of the 70-210 lens, which targets the prosumer market, one grade lower than 80-200mm with large aperture.

Introduced in August 2006, the current incarnation of the lens (AF-S VR f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED) improves on the original with VR stabilization technology as well as with internally focusing components (IF). More expensive than its partner 55-200mm lens, its construction is similar, with the exterior shell being fabricated from plastic components. It also shares a similarly stiff zoom ring with the 55-200mm, although a side benefit of this is that zoom creep is eliminated. Unlike the 55-200, the 70-300mm lens is full-frame. Also, the longer barrel length allowed the focus ring to be relocated in front of the zoom ring, making manual focus operations simpler.

Specifications[edit]

Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Attribute AF f/ 4-5.6G AF f/4-5.6D ED AF-S VR f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Vibration Reduction No No Yes Yes
Silent Wave Motor No No Yes Yes
Maximum aperture f/4-5.6 f/4.5-5.6
Minimum aperture f/32 f/32-40
Weight 425 g 505 g 745 g
Maximum diameter 74 mm 80 mm
Length 116.5 mm 116 mm 143.5 mm
Filter diameter 62 mm 67 mm
Horizontal viewing angle
Vertical viewing angle
Diagonal viewing angle
Groups/elements 9/13 12/17
# of diaphragm blades 9
Closest focusing distance 1.5 metres
Release date 24 March 2001 25 March 1998 9 August 2006
MSRP $

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