Nikon has upgraded its 70-300 mm full-frame lens with the AF-P Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR. The new lens offers enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization capability and integrates a stepping motor for fast and quiet AF performance, making it Nikon’s first full-frame AF-P lens.
Interestingly, the new version of the lens is lighter than its predecessor.
The new lens provides up to 4.5 stops of VR stabilization, for sharper photos and smoother video. Users can choose from either Normal or Sport VR Modes.
The stepping motor is said to deliver fast and quiet autofocus, reducing the sound of lens operation while recording HD or 4K UHD video. This new technology also contributes to the lens’ reduced weight.
The Electronic Diaphragm not only provides smooth exposure transitions during video capture, but also helps maintain consistent exposure during high-speed shooting, such as when photographing sports.
The lens features a minimum focus distance of 3.94 ft. (1.2 m) and a reproduction ratio of 0.25x.
The lens also features dust and drip resistance, along with a metal lens mount for durability. It features a 9-blade diaphragm for a natural, circular bokeh. The lens also features an ED element to significantly reduce instances of chromatic aberration.
UPDATE: The AF-P Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR will have a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,029.95; Canadian availability is to be announced.