Exploring NIKKOR Lenses: Australia – AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

Today we are meeting up with naturalist, Wes Cooper.

We are bringing with us the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR.

This is a quintessential prime telephoto lens for sports and wildlife photographers.

At only 147.

5mm long and 755g, more than 30% shorter and 545g lighter than its predecessor, this is one of the world's lightest 300mm full-frame prime autofocus lenses.

This lens has a nice feel to it.

I can see why it's great for anyone who needs this focal length, and a light lens.

This lens has some awesome technology going on inside.

Nikon integrated something called the Phase Fresnal, or PF, lens element.

This PF element has reduced the need for the number of heavy glass elements inside the lens and is the secret to the lenses' compact size, while still delivering virtually no chromatic aberration or ghosting.

You can look just through there at the Splendid Fairy Wren.

They have a really high pitch call, and often you'll hear them before you see them.

They've also been able to coat the front lens with Nikon's fluorine coating, which effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease, and dirt.

This is perfect for today's outdoor shooting conditions.

The bird I really want to see today is the White Naped Honeyeater.

They're a really interesting bird because they're found across a lot of Australia but they look really different depending where you see them.

And they've actually just been changed to a full species in Western Australia.

So now it's only found in Western Australia, so I'm hoping we see one later today.

So having used the lens a while, I noticed the VR switch here.

So what does this do? The Vibration Reduction allows me to use shutter speeds up to 4.

5 stops slower, while still keeping images sharp and in focus.

This lens also has a VR mode specially designed for action photography, which is great for any of the shooting conditions we find ourselves in.

The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR also boasts Nikon's Silent Wave Motor, which provides ultra-quiet, ultra-fast autofocusing with a manual override, just by spinning the focus ring.

A teleconverter can mean a difference between a good shot and a great shot.

I like using it because what it means is that I can get closer to my subject without having to actually crop later, which saves valuable pixels in post.

With this Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II, we can push our AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR all the way up to 510mm.

Yeah up there! It's the White Naped Honeyeater, the one I mentioned to you earlier.

It's way up there at the tops of the trees.

Yeah, you've got crazy good eyes.

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