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Nikon’s New 300mm f/4E PF ED VR vs. the old 300mm f/4D IF-ED Comparison

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Nikon has announced the new version of the current AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED lens at CES 2015 event in Las Vegas.

Here is a quick specifications comparison between the new Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens and the old 300mm f/4D IF-ED model.

The FX-format 300mm f/4 is 30% shorter and 1.5 lbs lighter than its predecessor and also features four and a half stops of VR image stabilization. See below for other details.


The first NIKKOR lens for which a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element has been adopted, making it the world’s lightest lens of its type.

Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR vs. 300mm f/4D IF-ED Comparison

 Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR  Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED
Nikon-AF-S-NIKKOR-300mm-f_4E-PF-ED-VR-lens Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-300mm-f_4D-IF-ED-lens
Focal Length 300mm 300mm
Maximum Aperture f/4 f/4
Minimum Aperture f/32 f/32
Format FX/35mm FX/35mm
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 5°20′ 5°20′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) 8°10′ 8°10′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.24x 0.27x
Lens Elements 16 10
Lens Groups 10 6
Compatible Format(s) FX
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Yes
Diaphragm Blades 9 9
Nano Crystal Coat Yes
ED Glass Elements 1 2
Aspherical Elements 1
Super Integrated Coating Yes Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) Yes Yes
Internal Focusing Yes Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 4.6ft.(1.4m) 4.8ft.(1.45m)
Focus Mode Manual
Filter Size 77mm 77mm
Accepts Filter Type Screw-on Screw-on
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 3.5in.(89mm)x5.8in.(147.5mm) Based on CIPA Guideline 3.5in.(90mm)x8.8in.(222.5mm)
Approx. Weight 26.6oz.(755g) 50.8oz.(1,440g)
Price $1,999.95 $1,369.00
MTF Charts Nikon-AF-S-NIKKOR-300mm-f4E-PF-ED-VR-lens-MTF-chart-270x230 Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-300mm-f4D-IF-ED-MTF-chart-270x230
Lens Design Nikon-AF-S-NIKKOR-300mm-f4E-PF-ED-VR-lens-design-270x230 Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-300mm-f4D-IF-ED-lens-design-270x230