The Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 E ED VR Lens Will Work Well for Sports

There’s a brand new Nikon lens on the market today with the announcement of the new Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 E ED VR Lens. The new lens is an FX format optic targeted to sports, wildlife, travel and landscape photographers. With it, Nikon is touting 4.5 stops of image stabilization according to CIPA standards. With a minimum focusing of 3.94 ft and a price point of $699.95 it’s most likely going to be a hit with a lot of photographers.

The new Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 E ED VR Lens has 14 groups and 18 elements. It also has just a little bit of dust and drip protection. More details are below.

Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 E ED VR Lens Tech Specs

Launch Time and Date Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. EDT
Product Name AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR
Mount Type Nikon F-Bayonet
Built-in CPU
Focal Length Range 70–300 mm
Zoom Ratio 4.3x
Focal Length 70–300 mm
Maximum Aperture f/4.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/32-40
Format FX/35mm
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 22°50′
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format) 5°20′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) 34°20′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format) 8°10′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.25x
Lens Elements 18
Lens Groups 14
Compatible Format(s) FX
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Yes
Diaphragm Blades 9
ED Glass Elements 1
Super Integrated Coating Yes
Autofocus Yes
Autofocus controlled by stepping motor; separate focus ring for manual focus
AF-P (Pulse Motor) Yes
Internal Focusing Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 3.94 ft. (1.2 m) from focal plane at all zoom positions
Focus Mode Auto/Manual
E-type Yes
Filter Size 67mm
Accepts Filter Type Screw-on
(Diameter x Length)
Approx. 3.2 in. (80.5 mm) x 5.7 in. (146 mm)
Distance from camera lens mount flange
Based on CIPA Guidelines
Weight Approx. 1 lb. 8 oz. (680 g) Based on CIPA Guidelines
Lens Type Zoom


MELVILLE, NY (July 11, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon announced the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f4.5-5.6E ED VR, modernizing this popular zoom lens with a myriad of the latest Nikon technologies. The new lens features 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. This new NIKKOR lens is a versatile, compact telephoto option for intermediate FX and DX-format photographers looking to capture sports, wildlife, candids, travel and other subjects at long distances, all with stunning clarity.

“This latest lens reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to giving FX-format shooters of all levels the unparalleled quality of NIKKOR glass, with the benefits of our latest optical technologies,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

Updated with the Latest NIKKOR Lens Technologies

Whether capturing a baseball game from the bleachers or the sights of a scenic vacation, the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR is a versatile lens that helps users capture sharp images and video, even in challenging light. The new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm is lighter than its predecessor, despite packing new technologies that help those shooting photos and video achieve stellar results. Enhancements to the lens include:

  • Improved Vibration Reduction (VR) System: The new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm lens provides users with up to 4.5 stops* of VR stabilization, to help create sharp photos and smooth video, even in low light or while handheld. Users can choose from either Normal or Sport VR Modes for added stability when shooting from a non-stationary location.
  • Lightweight with Stepping Motor Technology: This AF-P lens uses a stepping motor for fast and quiet autofocus, which reduces the sound of lens operation while recording HD or 4K UHD video. This new technology also contributes to the lens’ reduced weight, making it easy to carry on all-day excursions.
  • Electronic Diaphragm: This lens takes advantage of the fast burst speed of Nikon DSLR cameras, as 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.
  • Get Close: The AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm lens features a minimum focus distance of only 3.94 ft. (1.2 meters) and a reproduction ratio of 0.25x, letting users get even closer to capture the most extravagant details, even at 300mm.
  • Lens Construction: The lens 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.

Price and Availability

The Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $699.95**, and availability will be announced at a later date. For more information on this new NIKKOR lens as well as the latest Nikon products, please visit