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Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5~5.6 Zoom lens

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Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5~5.6s telephoto zoom lens
Introduced: February, 1989; Discontinued: 1998

The 75-300mm focal length can be considered as a new zoom member in the MF/AF Nikkor lens family back during the initial first few years after converting their attention to go full swing on development of autofocusing for both camera and lenses. Prior to the AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8s ED of 1988 which complimented the successful debut of the Nikon F4(s), the only tele-zoom in the AF zoom Nikkor lens group was only the AF 70-210mm f/4.0S (and the AF Zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4~5.6S later introduced a year in 1988); so, strategically,at the tele-zoom category, there was a need to fill up with more lens types and choices for photographers too. Nikon has hence, cleverly modified the old classic Zoom Nikkor 50-300mm f/4.5 ED which was the first lens in the market to offer an amazing 6X zoom ratio and reintroduced with an affordable package in this new 4X zoom option. The AF Zoom Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5~5.6S was introduced as an autofocus Nikkor zoom in 1989. It adopts a single all in one control for zoom action while autofocus in the camera control the other aspect. The manual focusing control ring at the outer section of the lens reverts the lens as a two-touch zoom during manual focus.

AF zoom Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5~5.6S
The manual focusing control ring at the outer section of the lens reverts the lens as a two-touch zoom during manual focus.

The lens aperture of this zoom lens uses variable aperture method to keep the zoom lens compact. Meaning ? At the widest focal length (75mm onwards) the maximum aperture is a f/4.5 while the longest end of the focal length is reduced to f/5.6. If it has been a constant aperture of f/4.5 throughout, the dimension of the zoom will inevitably much larger in size and weight. The immediate impact of such a design is it might restrict its usage in all round application in less favorable light. The only effective way in compromising such flaw is to use a higher speed film (or in the case of Digital SLRs, adjust the ASA to higher value). Internally, the lens uses a rather heavy and complex optical construction in a 13 elements in 11 groups design - typical of a high zoom ratio lens. The front lens element is quite large in proportion to othere zoom lens type with larger aperture. The filter attchement size is a popular 62mm and makes it easy to share with other system filter accessories. Nikon has a dedicated lens hood HN-24 for this lens which can also be used on a few others Nikkor zoom lenses such as the AF zoom Nikkor 70-210mm lens group.

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<<<-- The startup focal length of 75mm with variable focal length selection can ve quite versatile for studio or location shots.

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AF zoom Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5~5.6S front lens element
Physically, this AF Nikkor zoom lens can be regarded as very well made optic. With care and attention in every details and features that are frequently used by photographers are well illustrated to make the lens easy to use and comfortably operated. Nikon has even designed a built-in tripod collar to permit easy facilitating of vertical and horizontal shooting as they could have realized the limitation in the lack of lens speed in the design. The tripod is not removable type but it fits handsomely without gettting in your way during shooting. In terms of physical built quality, I don't think anyone would disagree if ever the current range of entry or mid range AF Nikkor zoom lenses still maintain this set standard, no one will ever made so much of complaints over all these years. It feels solid and rugged, well balance in your hand or on camera. The rigid feel is heavily missed in today's modern AF zoom Nikkor lenses (just take the example of the AF Nikkor 70-300mm f/4~5.6 ED that followed in 1998 and you will probably understand what I meant in the differences between the two versions which share many similarities in their basic lens spec.

Measuring 6.5" without lens extension, the lens can be considered quite long in its length. It separates into 5 sections from the filter attachment ring, manual focusing ring, zoom ring with phase focus control, the lens mounting tripod ring and the aperture ring on the other end with the lens mount attached. Every segment is well placed and cleverly designed to permit photographer not mixing its respective function and control even with the eyes attaching to the eyepiece. The zoom settings are marked from 75mm (green) to 100mm, 135mm, 200mm and 300mm. As there may be zoom variation shifting, Nikon actually provide two indexes at the aperture ring where the green index is for 75mm and yellow for the 300mm. Similarly, beside the focusing index, the compensated indexes are provided for infra on 75mm and 135mm. This lens is also being produced as a native Ai-S lens and makes it fully compatible with any manual focus Nikon SLRs with a basic spec of an Ai-meter coupling for full aperture exposure control and meter reading.

AF zoom Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5~5.6S side view illustration
Photographically with its fairly extensive 31° 40' ~ 8° 10' variable picture angles, and combining favorable lighting, the lens can be very versatile for a wide varieties of application. Literally, it will fill up the frame with mid distant sport figure.
One of the technical highlight of this AF Zoom Nikkor 75-300mm f/4~5.6S lens is with its close focus ability - which is performing not too bad either, where at 5 feet, you can keep a safe shooting distance from the subject without worrying you are being distracting. The lens can only close focus to approx. 9.9' (3m) in autofocus mode, but when shifting to manual focus, this lens can permit MACRO SHOOTING (indicated via the orange macro line on the manual focusing ring). The amazing capability of the macro mode is, it maintains active across the entire zoom range for such magnification. There is also a focus limiter on the zoom ring where you can control or limit the focusing in order to avoid the lens wasting power on hunting for focus. Overall, I heard many good remarks as well as witnessing some very high quality images presented by owners taken with this Nikkor tele-zoom lens. It has top rated physical counteraction which matches its optical performance. The lens handling couldn't be better except that you may require a little extra light favorably adds to your shooting. Lastly, it is not a D-spec AF Nikkor zoom lens, if you are using the latest in a Nikon SLR - you may have some compromise to make (such as take the case of a digital Nikon D50 SLR:- it says ".. for other AF Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II .."). But as I did a recent price indicative search at Ebay - most lenses are priced at a real bargain between USD180-00 to 230-00 which makes it a worthwhile consideration for your older Nikon AF or MF SLRs too.

Information on this AF Zoom Nikkor is scarce on the web and even the Nikon official site's comprehensive archive of lens product section was not listed. Hope these complied info helps a few distressful souls out there.

AF contacts at the rear lens mounting ring The zoom settings from various focal length the apeture scales at the aperture ring and ADR Dual indexes for two zoom settings MAcro setting indicative ring of the AF Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5~5.6 zoom Infra index for the Nikon AF zoom 75-300

Credit: Special thank to Poon Photo, IPOH who generously loaned me this lens for a while to take some photos specifically for this site construction.


Container Cargo Vessel at Hong Kong dawn
A container cargo vessel at Hong Kong, shooting through the bus window across the bridge at dawn. BLue tint, relfection etc.....

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Technical Specification for Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5~5.6S zoom lens:-

Type of lense: Autofocus Nikkor zoom lens with built-in CPU and a metal rear Nikon bayonet mount
Focal length: 75mm to 300mm; Maximum aperture: f/4.5~5.6; Minimum Aperture: f/32
Lens construction:
13 elements in 11 groups
Picture angle:
31° 40' ~ 8° 10'
Focal length scale: 100mm, 135mm, 200mm and 300mm
Diaphragm: Fully automatic,
Focus control: Autofocus with focus limiter on the zoom ring; Manual via manual focusing ring
Zoom control: Via one-touch push and pull zoom ring

Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet/inches from 3m (9.9') to infinity (OO); MACRO: Closest distance 1.5m (5') for all zoom range in manual focus
Distance information: Output into camera body with CPU interface system
IS NOT POSSIBLE with this lens; Option for manual focus provided

Another rear section view of the Nikon AF zoom 75-300mm f/4.5~5.6
Aperture scale: f/4.5/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22 and f/32 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Mount: Nikon bayonet mount with CPU contacts;
Attachment size
: 62mm (P=0.75mm); Meter Coupling Prong: NONE
Depth of Field Scales: NIL
Reproduction ratio: approx. 1:5.6
Minimum aperture lock: Provided via slide switch

Lens Coating: NIC (Nikon Integrated Coating)
Exposure measurement:
Via full-aperture method with Ai cameras or cameras with CPU interface system; via stop-down method for other cameras
Infrared compensation index
: Two white indexes are provided for the 75mm and 135mm focal length setting
Standard accessories: 62mm front lens cap; Rear lens cap LF-1; Hard lens case CL-36

Optional Accessories: Lens hood HN-24; 62mm screw-in filters etc.
Dimensions: Approx. 72mm dia. x 166mm (6.6 inches)
Weight: Approx. 850g (1 Ib 14 oz)
Usable Tele-Converters: - TC-201S; TC-14A (note: MANUAL focus only and when suing aperture smaller than f/11 with high shutter speed, uneven exposure may occur.* Other information: A. Be careful not to soil or damage the CPU contacts. Do not attach the following accessories to the lens, as they might damage the lens' CPU contacts: Auto Extension Ring PK-1, Auto Extension Ring PK-11*, K1 Ring, Auto Ring BR-4**.

A little colors from Souther Africa by Werner Steyn
A clever use of close-up capability of the 75-300mm zoom by Werner Steyn.....

Credit: Image courtesy of WERNER Steyn from South Africa, who maintains his online PORTFOLIO as well as at DPchallenge. Image copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

A rear view from the back section while the AF Nikkor 75-300mm zoom is at its zoom extension
Other accessories may not be suitable for use with certain cameras. This lens cannot be used with AF Finder DX-1 attached to the Nikon F3AF camera. * Use PK-11A instead. **Use BR-6 instead; B. Startup Serial Number for the Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8D IF lens may have been began from: 200001 < 225383 - 419904 > Reference: Roland Vink's lens data sheet.

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Waiting for my turn by NICK BLANK
Waiting for my turn, one day.....

" ... Aloha, this was taken with said lens at a local horse show at 250mm setting. Kodak 400 asa on a Nikon F4. Also good example of the Matrix metering doing it's stuff..." -
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