Nikon has released the updated version of their 300mm f/2.8G lens, AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II, and a new full frame compatible teleconverter, the AF-S TC-20E III.
With its large aperture, optimized sharpness across the whole frame, the lens is perfect for action and sports photojournalism and wildlife photography. But soccer moms and dads need to look elsewhere due to its weight and affordability.
The lens features the latest VR II vibration reduction that is claimed to provide stabilization up to 4 stops slower shutter speed than what is normally possible. Exclusive nano crystal coating reduces ghosting and internal flare. Three ED glasses minimizes chromatic abbreviations.
There is also the new A/M mode in addition to the familiar M/A and M modes. Nikon claims it will “enhance AF control versatility with fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus to accommodate personal shooting techniques.” According to some reports, the feature enables autofocus priority even if the focus ring is being handled during shooting. In the normal M/A mode, the manual operation of the focus ring override the auto focus.
Other new features include the AF memory recall function that allows instant return to a predetermined point of focus, and the tripod detection function that detects and compensates for the specific vibrations encountered when shooting on a tripod with VR on.
More information on AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Price and avilabilility
- Recommended retail price: $5899.95
- Availability: January 2009
Keywords: Lens, nikkor, Nikon, TC, TC-20E III, Teleconverter