The latest AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR employs Nikon’s Phase Fresnel (PF) technology, which makes it much lighter and compact compared to the previous versions of the 300mm telephoto lenses. Easy to handle and shoot handheld, this telephoto prime lens is the perfect partner for photographers shooting subjects far away such as sports. (Photo and report by Liew Mei Nah)
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR/ FL: 300mm/ Manual exposure (f/11, 1/400 sec)/ ISO 1000/ WB: Auto
The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR telephoto prime lens is my equipment of choice when I need to stand in the pool to shoot. The compact size and light weight makes it extremely easy to handle as I move about, and even allows me to handhold it while standing in the pool. The Vibration Reduction feature also helped keep my shots steady as I photographed the swimmer moving across the pool.*
*This lens is water- and dust-resistant, but please do not submerge it in water.
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR/ FL: 300mm/ Manual exposure (f/4, 1/2000 sec) / ISO 320/ WB: Auto
The D850 is an amazing camera to begin with, but pairing it with the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR helps to bring out the full imaging potential of the camera. In this image, I used an f/4 aperture to defocus the background and place emphasis on the swimmer. The f/4 maximum aperture also lets more light into the lens, which enabled me to shoot with a very fast shutter speed and freeze the swimmer in action.
The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens has proven itself to be a compact yet versatile lens. Engineered to draw peak performance from high-resolution full-frame cameras, this lens is a perfect addition to any D850 photographer’s arsenal. The Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element, Nano Crystal Coat, and the new Phase Fresnel (PF) lens elements also help to compensate for chromatic aberration and ghosting to deliver strikingly clear and accurate images.
Weighing in at only 755g and being only 14.7cm long, it is also compact and lightweight enough to be easily carried around when I shoot sports. The built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) feature is also extremely useful as it can provide an image stabilizing effect equivalent to a shutter speed increase of 4.5 stops. The added ‘Sport’ VR mode also makes shooting sports a breeze, as it is more suited for moving subjects and has much better continuous shooting performance. Compared to ‘Normal’ VR mode, ‘Sport’ VR mode handles horizontal panning better, while ‘Normal’ VR mode is better suited for photographing stationary subjects.
The wide maximum aperture of f/4 is a big bonus as well, as it allows me to achieve a creamy bokeh in the background and place more emphasis on the athletes. In addition, it lets more light into the lens, enabling me to shoot at a faster shutter speed and freeze the athletes in motion.
I chose this lens because of its portability, which is very important when shooting on land, and even more important when I need to shoot in the water. A heavy and bulky lens might be hard to handle while standing in the pool and may even cause me to lose my balance. Thus, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is the best compromise between size, performance, and image quality, and is my go-to lens whenever I need to move about photographing athletes in action.
ED lens elements
Phase Fresnel lens element
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Liew Mei Nah
Mei Nah sees herself as an architect who tells stories through creative photographs, believing that every photo has offers a different perspective to a different viewer. She particularly enjoys portrait photography as she gets to interact with the various subjects she shoots, and likes to capture the raw emotions that her subjects exhibit.