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Nikkor 300mm f/2.0 ED IF Super telephoto lens

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Nikkor 300mm f/2.0s ED-IF Super- Telephoto Lens

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Standard Accessories Supplied: Slip-on leatherette front lens cap; Rear lens cap LF-1; TC-14 Teleconverter; Extension lens hood HE-1; Built-in 52mm screw-in filter L37C; Gelatin slip-in filter holder; Heavy-duty metal case CT-300.

* A special order Lens

Credit: ALL Images displayed in this site Copyright © 2003. Christopher Boehme® Quality Camera Co. 382 Trabert Ave. Atlanta, GA 30309 <(404) 881-8700 (404) 881-9010 fax QCC Sales>

Introduced in 1981. This BIG and HEAVY piece of glass is the fastest 300mm you can get in 35mm SLR photography. As stated by Quality Camera in their auction sale of this super fast optic..". This is a high definition lens for fast action photography. Internal focus makes for easy handling and top quality Nikon craftsmanship makes this lens a legend. This lens is the 2nd version before being discontinued. Uses 52mm drop in filters at the rear section. This lens Includes one 52mm Drop In UV, rear cap, built in hood and hood extension, original Nikon case, case strap and lens strap. Image the possibilities with Nikon D-1(x), 1.5x finder magnification would make it a 450mm f/2.0 super lens and that's before adding a teleconverter ! Fast glass, magnified. Your photos would go unchallenged! Looking for an edge, something to distinguish your style? Here it is ! ... "

A dedicated teleconverter TC-14C* was supplied as a standard accessory, with the teleconverter attached to the lens, it will become a virtual Nikkor 420mm f/2.8 lens and when a 2X TC-301 is used, it will transformed into a Nikkor 600mm f/4.0 super telephoto lens ! The original version of this lens was not provided with a large, flat, 160mm diameter protective UV optical filter at its front. The Ai-S production unit (via special order) shown in this site was introduced during 1984 LA Olympic. It was then being designed to employ with a built-in UV filter for its 160mm front thread and it came with an improved lens hood design which has a longer extension for more effective shading. The rear drop-in filter has a 52mm filter size .

This lens weighs almost 7 kg and may require a sturdy form of lens support during operation. Serial number could have been started from 182121 and widely believed only a few hundred of this lens type were being produced. Note: * TC-14C is required to contain vignetting to shot at wide open aperture. Other available TCs (Converters) may not be too suitable. The TC-14C is a dedicated teleconverter tailored made specifically for this high speed Nikkor 300mm f/2.0 EDIF and according to Nikon, the use of TC-14C with the lens in place will assure virtually no loss in image quality.

Recently, our Buddy Tony (globetrotter) has pointed to me to another soruce of a WHITE body Nikkor 300mm f/2.0s ED-IF lens; the literature stated it uses a 12 elements in 9 group design, with 3 ED glass elements. Detailed below is the specification outlined in graphic form:

Nikkor 300mm f/2.0s  ED-IF rare piece in white THIS IMAGE IS LINKED TO EXTERNAL  ORIGINAL SOURCE.  
"Tony Davies-Patrick" <>

Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: PRIVATE Hi Leo & Rick, It might be worth placing some photos and information about this lens on the lens section of the website - the white Nikon 300mm f/2 that was made in Japan and sold for both stills 35mm cameras and the film movie industry. Here are some pics of the lens: A bujnch of these rare Nikon lenses sold on Ebay last year, but I'm not sure how many the company made (under licence with Nikon I think). Best regards Tony.

Update:- Another highly recommended article by Marco Cavina corso Mazzini 149  48018  Faenza (RA) ITALY who prepared some of the optical analysis of theNikkor 300mm f/2.0S . It was written in Italian but you can make use of Google utility to translate:


Focal length: 300mm; Maximum aperture: f/2.0
Picture angle: 8°10'
Lens construction: 11 elements in 8 groups (plus dust proof glass plate built into front)
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 4m (13.1 ft) to infinity (
Aperture scale: f/2.0 - f/16 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales

Diaphragm: Fully automatic;
Exposure measurement: Via full-aperture method; meter coupling ridge provided for Al cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-AI cameras
Focusing: Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) system; Infrared focusing index: Provided
Tripod mounting: Built-in tripod mounting collar rotable through 360°
Lens hood: Built-in Telescopic screw-out type, Extension lens hood: HE-1 Lens Hood Provided
Front lens thread diameter: 160mm; Filters:
52mm drop in filter thread
Dimension: 330mm x 183mm (13 x 7.15"); Weight: 7.5kg (16.6 Ibs)

Some Technical Highlights for you to consider: * The fastest 300mm lens on the market, offering an exceptional large maximum aperture for its focal length. * Large maximum aperture of f/2.0 provides bright and easy-to-focus images in the viewfinder and allows photography in very dim light. * Compressed perspective and extremely shallow depth of field. * Internal Focusing (IF) design permits easy handling and quick, accurate, silky-smooth focusing without any extension in the lens barrel. * Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass insures crisp images free of chromatic aberration. * Focusing ring can be preset so that it will stop at a particular distance setting for rapid refocusing. * Built-in telescopic "bayonet-type" lens hood and 360° rotable tripod socket collar.

A golden lining which indicates an ED lens with lens data and serial number imprinted the edge.



A first class physical construction with caring, practical features such as rear drop-in 52mm filters, a heavy duty lens carrying eyelet and well illustrated depth of field/distance scales imprinted onto lens barrel.

Credit: ALL Images displayed in this site Copyright © 2003. Christopher Boehme® Quality Camera Co. 382 Trabert Ave. Atlanta, GA 30309 <(404) 881-8700 (404) 881-9010 fax QCC Sales>

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