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Nikon’s New 70–300mm Telephoto Lens: Overview

Simon Skinner - 3 years ago

There’s a new kid in Nikon’s Nikkor lens line-up in the shape of a brand new AF-P NIKKOR 70–300mm ED VR telephoto zoom lens

Announced today [11/07/17] the new telescopic lens promises wildlife, sports, and travel photographers and filmmakers the power to produce excellent handheld telephoto shots with faster autofocus, plus ‘SPORT VR’ mode to hone in on the action without compromising on image sharpness.

Emma Fergie, Product Manager, Lenses & Accessories, Nikon UK told PhotoBite: “The new AF-P 70-300mm lens is an excellent addition to our NIKKOR lens line-up. Nikon is renowned for its ability to integrate proven pro technology into more affordable lenses, and this new telephoto zoom is testament to that. Exceptional features like the SPORT VR and advance vibration reduction [VR] mean that this is the ideal lens for photographers who often have to shoot in gruelling situations.”

As an AF-P NIKKOR lens, the new 70-300mm zoom has Nikon’s Stepping Motor onboard, which brings subjects into focus quietly and quickly. The vibration reduction function [VR] is also faster, quieter, and generally more effective, and the new lens also benefits from having the SPORT VR mode that can ordinarily be found in Nikon’s pro lens range.

Find to follow, details and specs announced by Nikon in today’s press release:

More flexibility: this 70–300mm telephoto zoom (105–450mm when used with a Nikon DX-format SLR) now boasts a minimum focus distance of 1.2 m throughout the zoom range and a 0.25x maximum reproduction ratio.

AF-P Stepping Motor: for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocus. Enables video footage to be recorded with practically no drive noise.

Advanced Vibration Reduction (VR): enables shooting at shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower than otherwise possible.¹
SPORT VR mode: delivers a more stable viewfinder image, which is helpful when shooting exceptionally fast action, or when panning.
Weather-resistant build: every movable part of the lens barrel is sealed to protect from dust and water droplets.
Electromagnetic nine-blade diaphragm: delivers consistent automatic exposure control even during high-speed bursts. The rounded diaphragm blades enable natural-looking bokeh.

Superior control: A/M and M/A focus-mode switches. Focus ring and the zoom ring boast a knurled covering that enables a firm grip.

Pricing & availability:

RRP: £749.99 / € 899.00

On sale date: TBC

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.