Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

A new Phase Fres­nel el­e­ment helps shrink Nikon’s new 300mm lens

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Nikon’s re­place­ment for its AF-S 300mm f/4D IFED was an­nounced at the CES show in Las Ve­gas in Jan­uary. It in­cludes a Phase Fres­nel (PF) el­e­ment to com­bat chro­matic aber­ra­tion, which also en­ables the lens to be shrunk sig­nif­i­cantly in size. In fact, the to­tal num­ber of com­po­nent el­e­ments has been low­ered from 16 in 10 groups to just 10 in six groups, and as a re­sult the weight has also been re­duced by about half, to just 755g.

The new lens is also just 147.5mm long in­stead of 222.5mm, mak­ing it eas­ier to carry and use, so if it lives up to Nikon’s claims for im­age qual­ity, it could prove very popular with sport and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers want­ing to travel light. Although the max­i­mum di­am­e­ter of the lens has re­duced by 1mm to 89mm, the fil­ter size is still 77mm.

The lens also has Nikon’s VR tech­nol­ogy, ef­fec­tive to a claimed 4.5EV, to re­duce the im­pact of cam­era shake, and a flu­o­rine coat­ing repels wa­ter.

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