Zoom Flexibility. Prime Performance.
A refined optical architecture gives the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm staggering image rendering properties with quality and resolution one might expect from a 300mm prime. One ED glass element, two Fluorite lens elements and a newly developed SR (Short-wavelength Refractive) lens element work together for brilliantly detailed shots with exceptional color rendering. In addition, ghosting and flare are effectively minimized through the application of innovative ARNEO and Nano Crystal Coats, for sharp, clear images even when a light source is in the frame.
All-New SR (Short-wavelength Refractive) Technology
Chromatic aberration is a common lens anomaly that occurs when varying wavelengths of light fail to collect at the same point, resulting in color fringing. Specifically, short-wavelength light can be difficult to compensate for. The newly developed SR lens element is a high- and specialized-dispersion glass with breakthrough light-refracting properties that specifically target shorter color wavelengths like blues and violets for highly precise chromatic aberration compensation.
Prime-Rivalling AF Performance
AF performance is paramount when photographing athletes and other fast moving subjects at a distance. A newly-enhanced AF servo drive provides optimal autofocus power, resulting in incredibly accurate subject tracking, even for subjects that erratically change speed, for pro dependability shot after shot.
Powerful Vibration Reduction (VR) with SPORT Mode
Tack-sharp, action-charged sports shots are easier than ever with a powerful VR image stabilization, optimized for fast action with a SPORT mode option. With VR engaged, image vibration is significantly reduced, equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops* faster. SPORT mode goes a step further, stabilizing subjects that change speed and direction quickly and unpredictably within the viewfinder for accurate shot composition.
Professional, Stress-Free Operability
The AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR adopts controls and operability enhancements commonly found on Nikon’s premiere telephoto and super telephoto lenses. The zoom ring, focus function buttons, tripod collar ring and controls are all designed to ensure pro-caliber operability. A Fluorite lens element and magnesium alloy construction contribute to a lightweight, durable lens that covers the focal lengths of multiple lenses for nimble all-day shooting.
Dust and Drips Denied
With pro photographers in mind, the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR was built to withstand less than ideal shooting environments and harsh conditions. The lens body is well-sealed to keep dust and moisture out and the front lens surface features Nikon’s fluorine coat to effectively repel dust and dirt for worry-free shooting on any assignment.
Improved Communication Between Camera and Lens
A specialized electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism electronically syncs with the camera and makes precise aperture adjustments for fast, consistently reliable exposure control, even during high-speed continuous shooting.
Mount Type: Nikon F-Bayonet
Focal Length Range: 120 – 300mm
Zoom Ratio: 2.5x
Maximum Aperture: f/ 2.8
Minimum Aperture: f/ 22
Format: FX/35mm, DX
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 13°20′
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format): 5°20′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 20°20′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format): 8°10′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.16x
Lens Elements: 25
Lens Groups: 19
Compatible Format(s): FX, DX
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: Yes (Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs))
Diaphragm Blades: 9 (Rounded diaphragm opening)
Arneo Coat: Yes
Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
ED Glass Elements: 1
Fluorite Elements: 2
SR (Short-Wavelength Refractive) Elements: 1
Fluorine Coat: Yes
Super Integrated Coating: Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): Yes
Internal Focusing: Yes
Minimum Focus Distance: 6.56 ft. (2.0 m) from focal plane at all zoom positions
Focus Mode: AF, Manual
Filter Size: 112mm
Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on
Compatible with Nikon AF-S Teleconverters: Yes (refer to the product manual for details)
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 5.1 in. (128.0 mm) x 12 in. (303.5 mm), Distance from camera lens mount flange
Approx. Weight: 114.6 oz. (3,250 g)