Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR

PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,005Member
As expect a long awaited replacement for the old AF-S 70-300mm VR. New optics, newer VR, and hopefuly faster AF. We'll just have to wait and see what the price is.

https://nikonrumors.com/2017/07/11/nikon-af-p-nikkor-70-300mm-f4-5-5-6-ed-vr-lens-officially-announced.aspx/#more-113628
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  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,172Member
    looking good
    Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.

  • BVSBVS Posts: 427Member
    edited July 2017
    Hopefully this will finally be the lens that solves the 300mm riddle/conundrum - good sharp images at 300mm, portable, and doesn't cost and arm and a leg.

    Size/weight looks good.
    Price looks good.
    MTF looks good.

    Here's hoping!
    Post edited by BVS on
    D7100, 85 1.8G, 50 1.8G, 35 1.8G DX, Tokina 12-28 F4, 18-140, 55-200 VR DX
  • DaveyJDaveyJ Posts: 885Member
    Hopefully really good at 300mm!
  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,005Member
    $1029 (Cdn), $749 (USD), (cannot find UK/Europe prices at this time).

    US price looks ok. The old version has a list price of $499 (USD), so they increased the list price $260. Not too bad, as long as the optics are better.

    For Cdn, it's a $340 increase (list price for the AF-S was $689). Retailers seem to be listing at a more reasonable $999. At that kind of list price, or even sale price, it's just way too much for what it is. I'll be skipping it for sure, and likely get the 200-500mm VR.
    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • BVSBVS Posts: 427Member
    PB_PM said:

    $1029 (Cdn), $749 (USD), (cannot find UK/Europe prices at this time).

    US price is $696.95, unless you're including tax or something.

    D7100, 85 1.8G, 50 1.8G, 35 1.8G DX, Tokina 12-28 F4, 18-140, 55-200 VR DX
  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,172Member
    edited July 2017
    DaveyJ said:

    Hopefully really good at 300mm!

    Seems a really nice lense.. the only issue i have with it is at 300 the bokeh is a bit weak.. but if thats all.. it may be replacing my 70-200 F4 !!! :-) maybe ... LOL

    I may have both :-)

    will be waiting for the reviews :smile:


    Post edited by heartyfisher on
    Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.

  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,005Member
    edited July 2017
    BVS said:

    PB_PM said:

    $1029 (Cdn), $749 (USD), (cannot find UK/Europe prices at this time).

    US price is $696.95, unless you're including tax or something.

    I took those number directly from Nikon Canada and USA's websites, thus I posted MSRP. What retailers list it for, I cannot be bothered to hunt them all down.
    Post edited by PB_PM on
    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,071Moderator

    DaveyJ said:

    Hopefully really good at 300mm!

    Seems a really nice lense.. the only issue i have with it is at 300 the bokeh is a bit weak.. but if thats all.. it may be replacing my 70-200 F4 !!! :-) maybe ... LOL

    I may have both :-)

    will be waiting for the reviews :smile:


    Think carefully hearty. You know what a peach the 70-200 f4 is.
    Always learning.
  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,172Member

    DaveyJ said:

    Hopefully really good at 300mm!

    Seems a really nice lense.. the only issue i have with it is at 300 the bokeh is a bit weak.. but if thats all.. it may be replacing my 70-200 F4 !!! :-) maybe ... LOL

    I may have both :-)

    will be waiting for the reviews :smile:


    Think carefully hearty. You know what a peach the 70-200 f4 is.
    its a beaut...

    Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.

  • picturetedpictureted Posts: 153Member
    edited July 2017
    The better VR and close minimum focus are attractive, if the optics excel, this could be worth buying at this price. It's a good focal length for both FX and DX, 70-200 feels limited by comparison.
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  • BabaGanoushBabaGanoush Posts: 252Member
    I have been waiting quite a while for an update to the older version 70-300mm FX lens that I own. The Nikon web page notes the new lens is not fully compatible with the D7200. So far, however, I haven't been able to figure out what the specific technical issue is and how it limits the performance of the lens on the D7200. If, as I am guessing, the compatibility problem mainly affects the use of trap focus, then I'm not especially worried about that.
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,071Moderator

    70-200 feels limited by comparison.

    I can see that, but if you are used to an 18-300, so would the 70-300. If you want limitied, try the 11-16 Tokina or the 24-35 f2 Sigma. The 70-200 is great after them!
    Always learning.
  • KnockKnockKnockKnock Posts: 372Member

    I have been waiting quite a while for an update to the older version 70-300mm FX lens that I own. The Nikon web page notes the new lens is not fully compatible with the D7200. So far, however, I haven't been able to figure out what the specific technical issue is and how it limits the performance of the lens on the D7200. If, as I am guessing, the compatibility problem mainly affects the use of trap focus, then I'm not especially worried about that.

    From what Ken Rockwell researched, it looks like a minimal issue. Upon power cycle the lens will return to infinite focus point.
    D7100, D60, 35mm f/1.8 DX, 50mm f/1.4, 18-105mm DX, 18-55mm VR II, Sony RX-100 ii
  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,172Member
    edited July 2017
    Nice comparison of the old FX afs vs the new FX afp lense on the main blog...

    the new lense MTF looks really good !! however, the MTF of the 70-200 f4 is still better.. :-) I am still considering the 70-300 FX afp cos its cheaper, smaller, lighter, more reach than the 70-200 f4. but I already have the F4 + tc17... probably not worth switching....

    cant wait for the serious reviewers !! curious about the actual results ...
    1) the charts show possible weak bokeh at the tele end.
    2) the lense formula may indicate weak CA at the edges.
    3) the charts may indicate weak coma.
    Post edited by heartyfisher on
    Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.

  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,071Moderator
    @heartyfisher: I tried some insect shots with my 70-200 F4 the other day with a +4 diopter close-up lens on it because I couldn't get close enough with the 60mm and was horrified with the poor quality of the images. I know you have a close-up attachment thingie that I like the look of, does it produce sharp images on your 70-200 f4?
    Always learning.
  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,172Member
    edited July 2017
    Not as sharp as a dedicated macro of course.. but its nice ...

    standard closeup filters are really a waste of time... Mine is a 3 element one which corrects for CA and distortion.

    There are a few new multi-element closeup filters out there but i have not tried them cos i have been happy with mine.

    Nikon used to make them the 3T 4T 5T filters i think thats what they were called, you may be able to find them secondhand.
    Canon also makes them I think its called the D500 (LOL !!) or was it the 500D :-)
    Most are 2 element.. ( Mine is 3 element so must be better ;-) )

    70-200f4 with raynox dcr250


    PS found some nice links

    http://extreme-macro.co.uk/extreme-macro-closeup-lenses/
    http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11532


    Post edited by heartyfisher on
    Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.

  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,071Moderator
    That's what I'm talking about hearty - thanks. Raynox DCR250.
    Always learning.
  • DaveyJDaveyJ Posts: 885Member
    edited July 2017
    Recently I took about 24 Ruby Throated Hummingbird photos with the D7100 and the 70-300 AF-P DX VR, everyone was in sharp focus! As good as any 70-300 lens photos for sharpness and clarity I have seen. The new lens is way better than I thought! As I am using strictly DX Nikon's now, the newly announced FX AF-P 70-300 won't be one I buy unless I get a D850 in the future. These hummingbirds are fast. Based on what I have seen though the new FX Nikkor 70-300 would be one of my first FX lens!
    Post edited by DaveyJ on
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