Review Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6

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Review Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6

Review Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6

Below is a short excursion into the history of Nikon Nikkor dark telephoto lenses for full-length cameras with auto focus support.

All Original Similar Nikon FX Telephoto Lenses

Below is a list of all Nikon Nikkor telephoto lenses without high aperture and with auto focus support:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4, 1986-1987
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1:4-5.6, 1987-1993
  3. Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1:4.5-5.6, 1989-1998
  4. Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1:4.5-5.6D, 1991-1999
  5. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1:4-5.6D, 1993-2000
  6. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED, 1997-2005
  7. Nikon AF Nikkor 75-240mm 1:4.5-5.6D, 1999–2000
  8. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6D ED, 1998-2006
  9. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6D, 1998-2006 (?)
  10. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6G, from 2000 to 2014, black or silver
  11. Nikon AF S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED VR IF SWM, from 2006 to 2017
  12. Nikon AF S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G ED SWM VR IF N Nano Crystal Coat, from 2012 to the present day
  13. Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6E VR ED, 2017 to present

The names of the lenses are indicated according to their spelling on the case.

Basic information about Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6

Basic information about Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6

Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6 - one of Nikon's first autofocus telephoto lenses. Non-d type... As befits old Nikon lenses - its manufacture is of a very high standard. This is not cheap Chinese 'plastic', but an amazing 'metal monster'. Nikon AF 75-300 / 4.5-5.6 is indeed very well made, mostly made of glass and metal, and therefore weighs just a little less than a kilogram. It's a pity that nowadays modern lens bodies are made of plastic, and lenses are becoming widely available 'consumer goods'.

Length Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6

Length Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6

Nikon AF 75-300 / 4.5-5.6 has a 'Full / Limit' focus limiter. In the 'Limit' position, focusing is available from infinity to 3 meters, or from 3 to 1.5 meters. In the 'Full' position, the lens uses the entire focusing distance range. To my surprise, the autofocus speed in 'Limit' mode was quite fast, and of course, in the 'Full' position the lens focuses very slowly. The focus ring is rubberized and rotates approximately 60 degrees at the 'Limit' position and 120 degrees at the 'Full' position. Most likely the fast autofocus is due to the slow travel of the focus ring, and because of this, manual focusing is not very convenient. When focusing, the front lens both rotates and extends forward - this is the lens's only serious drawback.

Lens view Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6

Lens view Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6

The zoom ring has a ribbed plastic grip. The Nikon AF 75-300 / 4.5-5.6 is a piston-type lens - in order to change the focal length, pull the ring towards you or away from you, and not rotate, as is done with conventional lenses. When you zoom in, the lens changes its size. I didn't like the fact that it is difficult to achieve smooth focal length changes with this lens, and often the zoom ring will bounce and ring hard when set to the extreme positions. And the lens also changes the focal length under its own weight (the lens trunk moves out by itself).

Lens view Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6

Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6 front lens enlightenment

Nikon AF 75-300 / 4.5-5.6 has a tripod foot that rotates freely around the lens and is clamped with a special lock. The tripod foot cannot be removed from the lens. Important: the lens has an aperture control ring. In order for the lens to start working normally on modern Nikon cameras, you need to set the F / 32 value using the aperture control ring on the lens itself and fix it with a special button. This button has an orange color, it is easy to find on the lens near the iris control ring. After such a manipulation, it will be possible to control the diaphragm from the camera, like with modern lenses, in more detail in the section on Non-G Lenses.

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
Everything is filmed on Nikon D700. On-camera JPEG L ('optimal quality' compression), no processing. Functions: vignetting control, ADL, noise reduction at long exposures, noise reduction at high ISOs were turned off. All shot in Picture Control mode SD (standard mode): contrast correction - 0, brightness - 0, saturation - 0, hue - 0, sharpness - position 5 out of 10. Used white balance: 'Direct sunlight.' The size of the photos was reduced to 3 MP.

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
Everything is filmed on Nikon D80. On-camera JPEG L Fine. Noise reduction at slow shutter speeds and noise reduction at high ISO were turned off. Everything was shot in N (Neutral) Picture Control. Was used white balance: 'Cloudy.' The size of the photos was reduced to 3 MP.

View of the lens Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6 on the ZK

View of the lens Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6 on the ZK

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Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6 is a very interesting lens - it has an unusual appearance, fast focusing and low distortion. It's a pity, at open apertures the lens loses in sharpness to modern analogues, but photography is not rich in sharpness alone :)

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Comments: 70, on the topic: Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6

  • Anton

    The lens is just a bomb! I bought it on ebay in Japan for 6500 Russian rubles. It shoots at all focal points remarkably, colors are bright, saturated. The sharpness is good. Because it doesn’t bother with dark, I still cover the diaphragm often up to 4. The only inconvenience is that you can’t wear the camera down with the lens, the pipe leaves under its own weight. Spark with the D70s gives me very high quality photos.

  • Simon

    That’s the thread, tell me or I don’t believe my eyes ... The pictures on the test are worse than those on the Kit's lens ... And neither do they compare Nikkor 70-210 / 4 or 80-200 / 2.8

    • Lynx

      don't believe

    • Denis

      No, no, don't believe me, of course.

  • Kamil

    I am torn between this lens and the A17NII 70-300 tamron.
    Tamron is more needed because of the motor - you can put it on the D3000, but otherwise it seems to be losing in everything.
    Or not in everything? A lot of weight here is rather a minus.

    • Denis

      On Nikon Tamron? What's the point then in Nikon himself? Nikon needs Nikon. For Canon ... Then do it yourself.

  • Vladimir

    Arkady, good day! Which lens is preferred on the FF: F Nikkor 75-300 mm 1: 4.5-5.6 or Tamron LD DI AF 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 Tele-Macro (1: 2) A17? First of all, sharpness is of interest. Thanks!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Tamron will be better. As I understand it, the price of the issue is important. Tamron A17 is also sold under the Promaster brand, usually 30% cheaper.

      • Vladimir

        Arkady, thanks for the answer! What matters is not price, but sharpness and focus speed.

    • Stas

      Good afternoon! These lenses have a DIFFERENT purpose, Tamron - macro, and can focus from a very small distance, Nikkor only from one and a half meters. Your choice depends on your tasks!

      • B. R. P.

        The above Tamron is not a macro lens. It has a macro mode that works from 180 to 300 mm focal length, where the sharpness of this lens is quite deplorable. In this mode, the aiming distance is from 0,95 m, so there are no “very small distances”.

  • Andrei

    Good evening. The description is fully consistent with reality, a solid metal-glass construct, a subjectively convenient zoom mechanism (trombone), is very similar to Sigma AF 75-200 / 3.8, but Nikkor’s focus is just lightning fast for a screwdriver. In order to make sure of this, you will need a top carcass. Tested on film F5, as well as the numbers D2xs and D3. On the Fujifilm S2 / S3 Pro, based on the not-so-fast N / F80, focusing is usual for a screwdriver: slow, noisy, yawing. Also, on my copy, a strange feature was noted: infinity is achieved only in the range of 200-300mm, from 75 to 200 infinity within 10-15 meters. Who will tell me, is this a defect in a particular instance, or a feature of this model?

  • Makunochimaster

    Who knows how long the lens is from the lens mount to the front lens?

    • Makunochimaster

      already found on the site of Ken Rockwell

  • Makunochimaster

    I got a terrible copy, soap soap, I had to take AF 70-300 ED

    • Denis

      Eh, damn!

  • Eugene

    Tell me, in different places they write different things, but is it still an FX or DX lens?

    • Dmitry

      FX, of course, is a film lens, then the concept of dx itself did not exist.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      If the lens is not marked DX or Nikon 1, or IX, then this is an FX lens for full-frame cameras.

  • Andrei

    And tell me, who had the opportunity to compare, who gives a sharper picture over the entire field of the frame (not only in the center) on covered apertures, a lens from a review or 70-210 * 4 (
    With an eye on landscape work

  • Konstantin

    Such a plan was bought by Tokin's AF75-300 4.5-5.6 lens killed on olkh inexpensively 500 UAH. After 250mm, sometimes it focuses poorly in cloudy weather, insufficient lighting. At all focal lengths it is quite sharp at a fully open aperture. Here are test photos at the maximum open aperture of various focal lengths. Nikon7000 and Tokina.Google drive.

  • Michael

    Hello! Tell me, please, how much in terms of zoom, in terms of magnification, is this lens suitable for catching birds, animals from long and not very distances? I am specifically interested in THIS model, but, I confess, I have absolutely no experience with larger focal lengths than 200 mm, therefore I do not quite adequately imagine what, how and from what distance I can see when advancing by 280-300 mm.

    • B. R. P.

      1,5 times closer than 200mm. 300 even on crop is not always enough for small and / or very distant objects. For pigeons, sparrows, tits, etc. back and forth, but hardly in National Geographic) Then, this particular lens is very slow and is unlikely to be suitable for highly moving live models.

  • Olga

    Please tell me which lens to choose, Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6 or Telear-N 3.5/200mm?

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