Melville, NY—Nikon announced the AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5–5.6E ED VR, modernizing the popular zoom lens with the latest Nikon technologies. It features enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization and integrates a stepping motor designed for fast, quiet autofocus performance. This makes it Nikon’s first full-frame AF-P lens.
The new Nikkor is being offered as a versatile, compact telephoto option for intermediate FX- and DX-format photographers. It is suitable for capturing sports, wildlife, candids, travel and other subjects at long distances.
“This latest lens reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to giving FX-format shooters of all levels the unparalleled quality of Nikkor glass, as well as the benefits of our latest optical technologies,” said Kosuke Kawaura, director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
AF-P Nikkor 70–300mm Lens Technologies
Whether capturing a baseball game from the bleachers or the sights of a scenic vacation, the AF-P Nikkor 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6E ED VR is engineered to help users take sharp images and also video, even in challenging light. Even with its new technology, it weighs in lighter than its predecessor. Enhancements to the lens include the following.
Improved Vibration Reduction System
The new zoom lens provides users with up to 4.5 stops of VR stabilization. As a result, it aids in creating sharp photos and smooth video. This is said to be true even in low light or while shooting handheld. In addition, users can choose from either normal or sport VR modes for added stability when shooting from a non-stationary location.
Stepping Motor Technology
The AF-P lens uses a stepping motor built for speedy and silent autofocus. It reduces the sound of lens operation while recording HD as well as 4K UHD video. This new technology also contributes to the lens’s reduced weight, making it more portable.
The lens is able to take advantage of the fast burst speed of Nikon DSLR cameras. Its electronic diaphragm is designed to provide smooth exposure transitions during video recording. Furthermore, it helps maintain consistent exposure during high-speed shooting. This is a benefit when photographing sports, for example.
Minimum Focus Distance
The AF-P Nikkor 70–300mm lens has a minimum focus distance of 3.94 feet. Moreover, it provides a reproduction ratio of 0.25x, letting users get closer to capture details, even at 300mm.
The lens also boasts dust- and drip-resistant construction. In addition, a metal lens mount adds durability. It also features a 9-blade diaphragm to create a natural, circular bokeh. Another feature is an ED (extra-low dispersion) element that aids in reducing chromatic aberration.
Price and Availability
The Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6E ED VR lens will have a suggested retail price of $699.95. Its availability will be announced at a later date. nikonusa.com