Nikon 70-300mm VR AFP

Full-Frame FX f/4.5-5.6E ED

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Nikon 70-300mm DX VR AF-P

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E VR AF-P (covers FX and DX, 67mm filters, oz./680g, 4'/1.2m close-focus, about $697) I'd get it at Adorama or at B&H.

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The Nikon 70-300mm FX VR AF-P is a lightweight full-frame long telephoto lens for Nikon DSLRs.

It's sharp and super-fast and close focussing — the fastest focussing of any full-frame under $5,000 telephoto.

The new AF-P focus system only works on the newest cameras, and it also allows for instant manual-focus override by grabbing the front focus ring at any time. Check compatibility; it only works with cameras that were introduced since about 2013. It won't work on older cameras.

The best part of the new AF-P system is virtually instantaneous autofocus, as well as silent AF for movies.

 

Format

This lens is for full-frame FX cameras.

While it will work great on DX cameras, Nikon makes a 70-300mm VR AF-P DX which is optimized for DX cameras that costs about half as much. For DX, I'd get the 70-300mm VR AF-P DX.

 

New

● AF-P stepper autofocus motor for fast, silent focus.

● VR now rated to 4.5 stops improvement.

● "E" Electronic diaphragm: quieter, but only works on the newest camera models.

● 4'/1.2m close focus.

● "Sport" VR mode helps make it easier to frame images handheld while moving.

● 680g versus the 745g of the old 70-300VR.

 

Good

Vibration Reduction works great for hand holding this lightweight ultra-tele.

● Sharp.

● Light.

● Small.

● Fast and silent autofocusing.

● Super-close focussing to 4'/1.2 meters

 

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Just to keep things interesting, the cameras with which this AF-P & E lens will or won't work is different from which cameras work with the DX AF-P or other E lenses!

With any of the cameras below, be sure to be running the newest firmware.

 

YES! Everything works great on:

FX: as of July 2017, it works great on the D5, D750, D610 and D600.

DX: as of July 2017, it works great on the D500, D7500, D5600, D5500, D5300, D3400 and D3300, but on DX cameras, just get the 70-300 AFP VR DX instead for half the price if it works on your model.

 

Mostly works on:

These cameras reset focus to infinity as they wake up.

This is only a problem if you want to use a remote timer, expecting the camera to stay focused where you left it, otherwise no problem at all.

FX: D4, D4S, D3, D3X, D3S, Df, D810, D810A, D800 or D800e and D700.

DX: D300, D300S, D7200, D7100, D7000 and D5200.

 

NO! Useless on:

It won't focus manually or automatically on any of these, making this lens totally useless on them:

Any of the D1 series, any of the D2 series, D200, D100, D90, D80, any of the D70 series, D60, D50, any of the D40 series, D5100, D5000, D3200, D3100 or D3000 and won't work on any 35mm camera.

 

Specifications

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Name

Nikon calls this the Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR:

    AF-P: Stepper autofocus motor for quiet and fast autofocus.

    NIKKOR: Nikon's brand name for all their lenses.

    E: Electronic diaphragm. Silent operation, but only works with cameras introduced since about 2007.

    ED: Magic Extra-low Dispersion glass for reduced secondary chromatic aberration.

    VR: Vibration Reduction.

 

Optics

Nikon 70-300mm DX VR AF-P Construction

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E VR AF-P internal construction. ED glass.

18 elements in 14 groups.

1 extra low dispersion ED glass element.

No aspherical elements.

NIC Nikon Integrated Coating.

IF Internal Focus.

 

Diaphragm

9 rounded blades.

Stops down to f/32-40.

 

Focal length

70~300mm.

When used a DX camera, it sees the same angle of view as a 105~450mm lens sees when used on a 35mm or FX full-frame camera.

See also Crop Factor.

 

Angle of view

8.2° ~ 34.3º on full-frame.

5.3° ~ 22.8º on DX.

 

Autofocus

Silent stepper motor, super-fast. If you're in a silent environment and hold your ear to the lens, you will hear a slight hum as it focuses.

Internal focus.

No external movement as focussed, so no air or dust is sucked in.

 

Close Focus

4 feet (1.2 meters).

 

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:4 (0.25×).

 

Vibration Reduction

Rated 4.5 stops improvement.

 

Filters

67mm filter thread.

 

Size

3.2" maximum diameter x 5.7" extension from flange.

80.5 mm maximum diameter x 146 mm extension from flange.

 

Weight

Rated 24 oz (680 g).

 

Announced

11 July 2017 at 12:01AM NYC time.

 

Promised for

No promise date yet.

 

Included

Lens.

Good LC-67 67mm snap-on front cap.

LF-4 rear cap.

HB-82 bayonet hood and CL-1020 sack.

 

Nikon's Model Number

20068.

 

Price, USA

$697, July 2017

 

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Sharpness

Performance          top

Sharpness should be superb:

Nikon 70-300mm AF-P VR MTF
Nikon 70-300mm AF-P VR MTF
MTF at 70mm. bigger.
MTF at 300mm. bigger.

 

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Introduced
7/2017
8/2006
8/2016
8/2016
8/2010
Covers
FX and DX
FX and DX
DX only
DX only
DX only
VR?
Yes
Yes
Yes
NO!
Yes
Filter size
67mm
67mm
58mm
58mm
58mm
Maximum aperture
f/4.5~5.6
f/4.5~5.6
f/4.5~6.3
f/4.5~6.3
f/4.5~5.6
AF Speed
super fast
fast
super fast
fast
slow
Instant manual focus override
Yes
Yes
yes
yes
no
Widest zoom
70mm
70mm
70mm
70mm
55mm
Close Focus
4'/1.2m
5'/1.5m
3.7'/1.1m
3.7'/1.1m
4.6'/1.4m
Max Repro
1:4
1:4
1:4.5
1:4.5
1:3.6
Ounces
24.0 oz.
26.2 oz.
14.7 oz.
14.1 oz.
18.6 oz.
Grams
680g
745g
415 g.
400 g.
529g
Price, 8/2016
n/a
Price, 7/2017

 

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This is the lens to get if you need fast autofocusing for sports, or silent AF for movies.

The 28-300mm VR may not be as ultrasharp at 300mm, but otherwise replaces two lenses and focuses almost as fast.

The very best protective filter is the Hoya multicoated HD3 67mm UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints.

For less money, the B+W 67mm 010 is an excellent filter, as are the multicoated version and the basic multicoated Hoya filters, but the Hoya HD3 is the toughest and the best.

Filters last a lifetime, so you may as well get the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and dirt.

I'd get my 70-300 VR AFP at Adorama or at B&H.

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