Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED - Review / Test Report
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Lens kindly provided for testing purposes by Josef Merk!
The Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED is the longest tele fix-focal length lens
in the current line-up that remains within the financial reach (around 1250€/US$)
of serious amateurs. Surprisingly Nikon does not offer an AF-S 400mm f/5.6 so
for anything longer you either have to add a tele-converter or go for the
AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR which has about the same form factor.
Released back in the early 2000 the AF-S 300mm f/4 is obviously a full format lens.
In the tested APS-C scope (Nikon D200) the field-of-view is equivalent to classic
450mm. The Nikkor AF-S 1.4x extends the reach to 420mm (630mm equiv.) f/5.6.
The build quality of the lens is exceptionally high. The outer barrel
is made of metal with a silky finish. The very broad, rubberized focus ring
operates very smooth and slightly damped. A build-in telescope lens hood (lockable)
is also supplied. In order to provide a more balanced usage on a tripod or monopod
Nikon also implemented a detachable tripod-collar.
The AF-S 300mm f/4 is a true IF (internal focusing) design so its length
remains constant regardless of the focus setting and the front element does
not rotate. Using a polarizer is therefore no problem unless you extend
the lens hood. Thanks to a silent-wave motor the AF is very fast and
|Equiv. focal length||450 mm (full format equivalent)|
|Equiv. aperture||f/6 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)|
|Optical construction||10 elements in 6 groups inc. 2 ED elements|
|Number of aperture blades||9 (rounded)|
|min. focus distance||1.45 m (max. magnification ratio 1:3.7)|
|Dimensions||90 x 223 mm|
|Filter size||77 mm (non-rotating)|
|Hood||barrel shaped (build-in)|
|Other features||Lens provides distance information (D). Tripod collar.|