The oversized focus ring operates smoothly and with great precision, for manual focusing. With an IF (Internal Focus) design, the lens doesn’t physically extend at shorter focus distances.
Tripod mounting collar
It’s quite a weighty lens at just over a kilogram, and is supplied with a tripod mounting collar. This enables a better balance for tripod-mounted shooting.
As a D-series lens, it has a manual aperture ring but this is largely superfluous on Nikon’s digital SLRs. It locks in place for applying camera-controlled aperture settings.