Release, September 16th, 2004
- Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction
of the AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED, a new high
speed super-telephoto professional lens for Nikon
digital and 35mm SLR cameras now with Vibration Reduction
(VR) technology, focus preset functions, and a Meniscus
front element, all to deliver professional quality
sports and action photography.
new lens begins with Nikon technology that was incorporated
into the AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED II. With Silent
Wave Motor Autofocus Performance, Internal Focusing,
Nikon ED Glass for extra-low dispersion, and G design
for use with Nikon SLR models that feature Command
Dial and Sub-Command Dial control, the lens has been
extremely popular among professional photographers.
lens features optimum performance among Nikon's selection
of compatible SLR models, including the newest selection
of 35mm SLR models and the new Nikon F6 and all of
Nikon's D-Series Digital SLR cameras - D1, D1H, D1X,
D2H, D100 and D70 as well as the newly announced D2X.
first addition to this already fast and powerful lens
is the benefit of VR (Vibration Reduction), an innovation
that makes it possible to take sharper handheld shots
especially when limited to shooting at slower shutter
speeds than normally thought possible. This provides
the advantage of being able to shoot more effectively
at indoor locations and outdoor under dimmer lighting.
With a 300mm lens, most photographers would limit
their choice of slow shutter speed to 1/300 second.
With the VR Advantage, one could expect to shoot with
the slowest speed that is up to about 3 speeds slower
- as low as about 1/30second! Nikon's VR technology
further enhances picture taking potential with a choice
of two modes to match more 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.
the adoption of VR technology is the addition of an
easy access row of controls on the side of the barrel.
The Focus Mode switch enables instant switching between
M/A (Manual-Priority Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus)
modes; the Focus Limiter switch restricts AF-servo
movement to a selected shooting distance range; the
AF-L switch makes it possible to lock onto a chosen
focus point from the lens; AF-ON engages autofocus
from the lens, (in addition to the switch on the camera
body); and Focus Preset instantly recalls a preset
focus distance, an important feature to aid when shooting
sports and you wish to instantly return to a specific
distance setting such as home plate in baseball or
the team's goal in soccer.
is a meniscus protective glass element. Nikkor lenses
have traditionally incorporated optical and mechanical
designs carefully implemented to prevent internal
reflection, and the meniscus element succeeds in minimizing
ghosting that can occur when light reflected off a
digital camera's image sensor goes back up the lens
barrel and reflects off an ordinary flat protective
features already incorporated in the lens' predecessor
are carried over as well. This includes Nikon's exclusive
SWM (Silent Wave Motor) that combines fast and precise
autofocusing with super-quiet operation, ED glass
elements that compensate for magnification and virtually
eliminate chromatic aberration, Internal Focusing
(IF) for smoother focusing and a better balanced handling,
as well as a rubber ring on the lens mount that delivers
resistance to dust and drops of water penetration
at the lens mount point.
with Nikon's TC-14EII (1.4x), new TC-17EII (1.7x),
and TC-20EII (2.0x) teleconverters extends the flexibility
and total reach of the lens to as long as 600mm when
mounted on a 35mm film SLR, and the same angle of
view as a 900mm when mounted on a Nikon D-SLR cameras.