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Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ED VR Zoom
Overview and African Safari Sample Test Images


Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ED VR telephoto zoom lens


Dec 16th, 2009

If you are in the market for a more powerful zoom to complement your Nikon digital or film SLR, the Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor lens is designed for telephoto shooting opportunities, such as sports, action, wildlife, travel and portrait photography.

When used on a Nikon DX format digital SLR, this lens approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm lens on a 35mm SLR camera.

To give an idea how well this lens is able to perform, we have posted a gallery of Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ED VR sample images, which were taken while on safari in Kenya, East Africa.

The Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ED VR Nikkor zoom incorporates many of Nikon's most advanced lens design attributes such as Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass, Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM) and Enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR II).

The Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ED VR offers the benefit of Enhanced VR II Vibration Reduction--a technology that makes it possible to take substantially sharper handheld pictures at slower shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible. This provides the advantage of being able to shoot more effectively in a much broader variety of challenging conditions. Based on Nikon specifications, users can take pictures at shutter speeds as many as 4 stops slower than they ordinarily could shoot without the image degrading blur associated with camera shake at slow shutter speeds.

Nikon's VR technology furthers picture taking potential with a choice of two modes to match most shooting conditions. VR Normal Mode primarily compensates for camera shake, and includes automatic panning detection, as well as automatic tripod detection. VR Active Mode effectively compensates for vibration in situations where it is more pronounced and more frequent, such as when shooting from a moving vehicle.

To enhance optical performance, the Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor features two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and three aspherical lens elements that provide for higher resolution, high-contrast images while minimizing chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion.

The lens also features Nikon's compact Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM), which combines fast autofocusing with quiet operation, as well as Internal Focusing (IF) construction that allows the lens to focus without changing its external size, improving balance and handling characteristics.

AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Major Features

  • 4.3x, 70-300mm telephoto zoom (picture angle, when used with Nikon DX format digital SLRs is equivalent to a 105-450mm on a 35mm format SLR)

  • The VRII minimizes camera shake by offering the equivalent of a shutter speed 4 stops* faster. Normal and Active modes are available

  • Two ED glass elements minimize chromatic aberration in the entire zoom range while ensuring high resolution and contrast. Outstanding Nikkor optical performance makes it suitable for photography with both Nikon digital and 35mm film SLR cameras

  • The SWM enables fast and quiet autofocusing, and smooth switching between autofocus and manual operation

  • Two focus modes are available — M/A and M

  • The Internal Focus (IF) design provides a constant lens length and eliminates rotation of the front lens element, facilitating the use of circular polarizing filters

  • The nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural

  • A flower-shaped bayonet hood is provided

  • 67 mm filter attachment size (Non-rotate)

  • Price and Availability

    The AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II lens is available at Nikon authorized dealers at an estimated selling price of $599.95 Canadian. Check out the latest US street price and buy the Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G IF ED VR II zoom from B&H Photo, trusted and reliable merchants since 1974.



    Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G IF ED VR Zoom Lens
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