Nikon 300mm f/2.8 flashback

Back in August I reported about the silent change of the "ED" to "N" label on the Nikon AF-S VR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens:

"Nikon changed the gold label of the Nikon AF-S VR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED from "ED" to "N" (Nikonusa has the ED picture, Nikon imaging has the "N" picture) - this lens always had Nano coating, so this was not an update. Did anything else changed?"


"ED" tag


"N" tag

Could this have anything to do with the rumored replacement of this lens tomorrow? The new VRII is labeled with gold letters - the two images above still have the red VR sign.

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  • Cesar

    Yeey! Another replacement of a highly expensive, non-affordable lens!

  • Oskar

    I dont think so. I bought my 300/2.8 last december and it has “the new” gold plate with N insted of ED. So, dont expect a new version of this lens, nothing wrong with the “old” one.

  • Mark

    Yeah, I got mine earlier this year and it also has the N plate on it.

  • Alain2x

    The only one lens that has not to be replaced !

    Why don’t they work a little on the AFS 4/300, on the tripod collar, to begin with something really bothering ?

    What a waste of time and energy !

    • Pdf Ninja

      An updated 300 f/4 VR would be very much appreciated by mere mortals who can’t afford the 300 f/2.8 but need VR. The f/4 performs well enough for a weekend shooter. I’m ready to whip out my credit card as soon as it becomes available.

      • Bonzo

        I agree.

        NIkon should update affordable telephotos 200/2.8, 300/4, 400/5.6 and 80-400/4-5.6.

        Some of us just cannot afford expensive pro lenses, or don’t even like the weight and bulk.

        • Global

          They just updated the 200/2.8! Its called 70-200/2.8 VRII, and its much more affordable than the 200/2 VR. And you have an affordable 300 — its called the 70-300 VR.

          What they need to update is the 135/2 and have a 180/2 or 180/200 macro update. It would also be nice if we could get the darn 80-400 update already!

          • SBGrad

            IQ of the 300 f4 is better than 70-300 VR, I’ve shot both. Not to mention that you can use Nikon TCs on the 300 f4. I have a 70-300, but if they put VR on the 300 f4, I’d buy it tomorrow.

  • Nikonmonster

    My 300 have the N on it 2 years ago.

  • mape2k

    My lens has ‘PA’ on it…

    pure awesomeness!!!!

  • fr0z

    As I posted earlier… my “N”-lens was bought in 2007… so not so new thing at all.

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  • Anonymous

    If Nikon give me that 300mm f/2.8 for free, I won’t complain about the tag.

    • BillyBobJohnson

      You can have mine!

      Only kidding. I would be forced to disembowel anyone who tried to take mine away. Wibble.

      • Anonymous

        And what a bout 2 Sigma 300mm f/4 for your Nikon 300mm f/2.8 ?
        Sound like a great deal to me !

  • Stengar

    I got my AF-S 300mm F2.8 VR on March 2008 and I have the N.

  • Ted

    Mine has an N
    i have trouble believing this is where they will go with an update when its a gem with no complaints to its credit

  • tchar

    It is better for Nikon to bring in the market an all around lens for the FF cameraslike the very good 18-200 DX VRII. A 24-135 f4 VRII or better a 24-250 f3,5-4,5 VRII (teleconverters compatible) and price them accordingly. I just got tired to change lenses during my weekend shooting.

  • Tony

    Nikon explains what the “N” means – click on the big N under the picture on the referenced web page, and it takes you to their glossary, where it says…

    (drumroll please)

    Nano coating

    I guess some of the rumors are nothing more than… rumors.

  • Nikonmonster

    The N word oh boy

  • sjms

    your post says the 300/2.8G IF-ED showed up in 2004 while the Nikon info says 2005. could you get your info to at least line up close with Nikons. there is a year difference. and we all know what can happen in a year

  • scott

    It’s up on NikonUsa website now. Nanocoated, VRII with supposedly improved optics and memory recall.

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