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Nikkor 300 mm f/4.5 ED, Nikkor 300 mm f/4.5 IF-ED & Nikkor 300 mm f/4.5

 

Nikkor 300 mm f/4.5 ED, Nikkor 300 mm f/4.5 IF-ED & Nikkor 300 mm f/4.5

Both Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED and Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 telephoto lenses have gone through an AI upgrade in 1977. They were virtually no differences from the two Pre-AI versions and it seemed to be a direct conversion process. The AI versions were believed to have starting serial number from 190001 (ED) and 510001 for the normal 300mm f/4.5 telephoto lens. However, barely a year later in August, 1978, Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED was again being redesigned with a new optical formula in 7 elements in 6 groups which differed from earlier 6 elements in 4 groups arrangement. The new upgrade of the lens was Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF which has an Internal Focus design. One remarkable achievement for the update was the lens's close focus ability which has shorten the minimum focus from 13 ft found on the predecessor ED lens to merely 8.2 ft !The early version of the AI Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF lens has a starting serial number began from 200001.

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All three lenses possess similar optical characteristic found on a typical 300mm focal length lenses with high magnifying power, shallow depth of field and compressed perspective. The compact design of these few 300mm Nikkors facilitates easy approach to these effects, permitting handheld shooting with practice. Achieving effective close-ups at long shooting distance under inaccessible conditions, these lenses are frequently used for outdoor sports, scenery and wildlife photography. While the three lenses offer very good optical performance, the short lived AI 300mm f/4.5 ED-Nikkor and the 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF Nikkor incorporate Extra-low Dispersion glass to reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum and to further ensure needle-sharp and full-contrast images to meet exacting professional requirements.


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The latter internal focus system employed within also contributes to its enhance performance with further advantage of no extension of lens barrel during focusing while at the same time, enabling the Nikkor lens broke the sub-1000g lens weight for the first time (at 990g) for a telephoto lens at 300mm focal length. The use of the ED glass in the two lenses also eliminates the need to reset the focusing ring for infrared photography. For easy identification, ED lenses have a gold ring around the barrel. All the three lenses has a handy 360 degrees rotatable collar with a tripod socket and a built-in sliding telescopic lens hood are provided with all three lenses. So, it can be quite confusing during this period where Nikon has quite a few versions of the Nikkor 300mm lenses offered to photographers at the same time.

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Among them, you can select from the fast, exotic AI-Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 ED-IF to a moderately good lens speed of AI-Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED, AI-Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF and also an AI-Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 to cater for your specific need and budget to go for. Most of the original AI Nikkor telephoto lenses still surfaced regularly in many used equipment sales outlets and/or online stores.


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300 mm f/4.5 IF-ED is an exceptionally compact and lightweight telephoto lens for Its focal length. Compared to the Ai-S version introduced in December, 1982 this early version of the Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF lens has a few minor differences. The minimum aperture only stopped down to f/22. The Ai-S counterpart has a close focus ability to 8.2 ft but stopped down to f/32 naturally, it also has a Ai-S type of lens coupling design at its rear.

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* Telephoto picture coverage of 8° 1 0'.
* Internal Focusing (IF) design for easy handling and smooth focusing down to a close 10 feet (2.5m).
* Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass for outstanding picture quality.
* Very lightweight - only 990 grams.
* Built-in telescopic lens hood with click stops and a rotating tripod socket.
* Takes 72mm filters.
* Photographic uses include sports, wildlife, photojournalism, and travel photography.

Specifications

Focal length/Aperture: 300mm f/4.5
Lens construction:
7 elements in 6 groups
Picture angle:
8°10'; Diaphragm: Automatic



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Aperture scale: f/4.5 ~ f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Exposure measurement:
Via full aperture method; meter coupling ridge provided for Al cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-AI cameras
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 2.5m (10 ft) to infinity (oo); Weight: 990g
Dimensions:
80mm dia. x 200mm long (overall); 192mm extension from flange
Attachment size:
72mm (P= 0.75mm)
Front lens cap:
Screw-in; Lens hood: Built-in; Lens case: CL-20A * Rotatable Tripod Collar is provided.




Ai-Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 Telephoto Lens -

Note: For more information relating to this lens, so check the Ai-S version of this lens.

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A powerful Nikkor telephoto lens in a portable and economical lens package

* Telephoto picture coverage of 8°10'. * Built-in telescopic lens hood and rotatable tripod socket. * Focuses down to 13 feet (4m). * Takes 72mm filters. *Supplied with a 72mm screw-in front lens cap. * Photographic uses include sports, wildlife, photojournalism, and travel photography .

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Specifications

Focal length/Aperture: 300mm f/4.5
Lens construction:
6 elements in 5 groups
Picture angle:
8°10'; Diaphragm: Automatic



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Aperture scale: f/4.5 ~ f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Exposure measurement:
Via full aperture method; meter coupling ridge provided for Al cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-AI cameras
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 4m (13 ft) to infinity (oo); Weight: 1200g
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Dimensions: 78.5mm dia. x 203mm long (overall); 195mm extension from flange
Attachment size:
72mm (P= 0.75mm)
Front lens cap:
Screw-in
Lens hood:
Built-in
Lens case:
CL-20A

* Rotatable Tripod Collar is provided.
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