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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?"

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"ED" tag

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"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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  • http://www.cesarkoot.nl 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.

  • http://madphotography.wordpress.com 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.

      • http://bonzo.com 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.

  • http://nikonmonster@ymail.com 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.

  • nimda

    IS NIKON TRYING TO TELL US SOMETHING? WILL SHAGGY AND THE GANG SAVE THE DAY AGAIN?

  • 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

  • http://tahoelight.com/blog scott

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

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