Nikon has announced a new mid-range telephoto zoom for its DX and FX format digital SLRs. The Nikkor 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR uses Nikon’s new AF-P autofocus system to offer faster, quieter autofocus.
It replaces (or joins) Nikon’s existing AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, a long-standing favourite amongst amateur photographers for its combination of zoom range, optical performance and value.
The new 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR should not be confused with the AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR (also) new, which covers the same zoom range but only fits Nikon’s DX format cameras with their smaller APS-C sensors.
The new 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR offers a light, weather-resistant construction, faster and more effective VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilisation and a sport VR mode inherited from Nikon’s professional lens range for tracking fast-moving and erratic subjects.
Used on one of Nikon’s DX format cameras, it gives an effective focal length of 105-450mm.
Other features include an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism for more consistent exposures at high frame rates and full-time manual focus override.