Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR lens available for pre-order

The new Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR lens is now available for pre-order:

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  • Eric Calabros

    Looks beautiful on D750

    • TheMeckMan

      But not fully compatible on the d750. Look into it, Nasim at photography life has a writeup. Only compatible fully on recent dx cameras because of the stepping motor… Insane for an fx lens…

      • sandy

        Depends what they mean by limited. The New 18-55 dx is supposed to be limited on my D7100 but works perfectly. A gem of a small lens BTW, silent, lightning fast and accurate focus. Optics are not to shabby either. Picked it up for $99. A tiny little wonder.

      • MB

        This lens is actually compatible with most DSLRs except D2 series, D1 series, D200, D100, D90, D80, D70 series, D60, D50, D40 series, D5100, D5000, D3200, D3100, D3000 and film SLR cameras.
        Unlike DX AF-P lenses without switches where you cant turn off VR on some cameras …
        On D4, D4S, D3, D3X, D3S, D810, D810A, D800, D800E, Df, D700, D300, D300S, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5200 the only issue is (according to Nikon):
        *Because these models reset focus when reverting from standby status (timer off), pre-focus shooting is not available.
        Unless you focus manually that is 🙂 not so important IMHO

        And by the way Admin the lens is called AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR (E after aperture is pretty significant because as we all know it stands for Electronic diaphragm) …

        • James R Mercer

          So – if I understand this correctly – Nikon says that the lens will lose focus and require re-focusing when the standby timer elapses and the metering information on the top LCD screen disappears. (On the D750, that’s set to 6 seconds).

          Is that correct?

          If so, then this isn’t a big deal, since you can change the standby in Timers C2 to a more generous setting. I would also expect this to be addressed eventually in a firmware update for the D750 and D810 (and probably others) since not doing so would be a pretty crappy decison on Nikon’s part. 😀

          • BVS

            D750 should be fully compatible after firmware update.

          • MB

            Firmware update to address the the issue will be available for the following DSLRs:
            D5, D750, D610, D600, D5500, D5300, D3300

        • Bert

          Something isn’t correct.
          “This lens is compatible with most DSLR’s except …”
          And then Nikon lists almost all camera’s they produce of have produced wich are not compatible.
          When you compare this list, only a few camera’s are compatible and Nikon’s most recent camera’s need a software upgrade.
          If that’s the new policy from Nikon who claims all lenses after 1972 are useable with most camera’s.
          Nikon loses every day more reliability.

        • CShowalter

          Say you are about to capture that amazing landscape shot, camera on your tripod, the perfect composition, manually prefocussed for DOF, metered and everything setup. Remote release in hand just waiting for that glimpse of sun though the clouds or a wave spashing over that rock … There we go: Click!
          And then the image ends up super soft because the new AF-P lens decided to reset the focus after a couple of seconds.

          “Not so important”? ;~)

          • Nick Hall

            Didn’t you just say “manually prefocussed”. Don’t see a problem with this particular scenario.

            • CShowalter

              Well I suppose it happens at least when you use manual focus override. Not sure if it resets when in “M” mode.
              Anyway in this scenario the most likely thing would be to focus on a spot at a specific distance via live-view beforehand (and no AF associated with the shutter release ofc).
              Apparently the focus will reset as the meter turns off.

          • MB

            Thats rubbish … AF-P will not reset if in manual focus …

      • James R Mercer

        There’s now a firmware update for the D5 and D500 for this lens, addressing the sleep timeout issue, which is the compatibility issue in question. From NR:

        “Added the support for the following features of AF-P lenses:
        – If the standby timer expires after the camera has focused, the focus position will not change when the timer is reactivated.”

        I suspect more firmware updates will come, including for the D750.

    • James R Mercer

      What limitations have you found on the D750? At the moment – as far as I can tell from Nikon itself – there are NO fully-compatible FX bodies available for this lens.

      • ITN

        Nikon USA: “Fully compatible models: D7500, D5600, D3400, D500.

        Fully compatible models (without limitations) after available firmware update: D5, D750, D610, D600, D5500, D5300, D3300. Download firmware updates at:

        Regardless of firmware update, these models will still have some limitations:* D4, D4S, D3, D3X, D3S, D810, D810A, D800, D800E, Df, D700, D300, D300S, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5200.

        *Because these models reset focus when reverting from standby status (timer off), pre-focus shooting is not available.”

      • Bert

        Nikon ‘confirms’ that D800/D810 are obsolete camera’s allthough they have any modern replacements.
        You wonder if Nikon is still interested in full frame camera’s as they only upgrade the 3…., 5…. and 7…. series.
        Or they will force you to buy news future camera’s if you want the new lenses work with your camera.

  • Yanny Nao

    I am sure AFS model is sharper and faster.

    • The 70-300 AF-P DX version is quite fast at focusing. I couldn’t compare side by side because I haven’t the AF-S (sold it time ago), but isn’t slow at all! Regarding sharpness, the AF-P beats the AF-S clearly.

      If this AF-P FX maintains sharpness of the DX version, then it has to be better than the old AF-S.

      (Nevertheless, I liked a lot the AF-S when used on FX)

  • £250 in the UK, $332, not a bad price for a knock about lens but I personally wouldn’t use it on FF for lack of quality, like buying a Ferrari and using cheap £100 tyres

    • br0xibear

      £749.99 is the UK price.

      • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

        A bit of a steep price and premium over the prior model of £300 and one for punters to wait for price to fall. I thought a price of £599.99 seemed (increase of £100) fair

        • I was looking at the earlier model, mistake, I still prefer 28-300’s wider latitude

          • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

            not a bad lens the 28-300 afs vr

  • Amir

    Really Peter?Do I miss something?I see these addvertisng postings in order:
    1)This [crappy] lens confirmed,
    2)This [crappy] lens to be announced,
    3)This [crappy] lens announced,
    4)This [crappy] lens is ready for pre-order.

    You may never post this in near future:
    5)This crappy lens was doomed to fail!
    Either DX/FX previous versions had almost brought zero IQ!

    P.s:I didn’t see that you post like this for Nikon masterpiece lens:Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR!
    But still,I love your postings!

  • BVS

    What’s the ship date?

    • James R Mercer

      Excellent question. Until it ships, we won’t see any real in-depth reviews on it, let alone ratings.

      • BVS

        The Nikon Japan website says it’s scheduled to be released on July 28th.

        • Bob Thane

          Just in time for the D825!

  • Glen

    Will be interesting to see how the image quality of this compares to the DX version on an APS-C body. My light kit is currently a D5500 with 10-20 and 16-85 and I am considering adding the 70-300 DX version although if this is better on DX I may consider this one instead and then I could also use it on my D810.

    • Seb

      You’re giving up on weight (680g vs 415g) and size (+0.8cm diameter, 2cm in length). That can be significant on a light kit.

      But of course, if you want to use it on a FX body… that’d be a better choice indeed.

    • Captain Megaton

      That’s actually a tough decision.

      Do you want 70-300 though, or do you need 105-450?

      For 70-300, I’d recommend the 55-200DX as a cheap and cheerful, small and light telezoom. Don’t bother with trying to get 70-300 on FX of you have a DX body, it’s just not worth the extra fuss.

      If you need 105-450, there’s the 80-400 FX lens to consider, or the 70-300DX. Personally I’d still go with DX here.

  • Bob Thane

    $700, not too bad. Should be significantly better than the $650 Canon, looking forward to giving it a go.

  • James R Mercer

    Just got confirmation from Nikon that D750 and other newer FF bodies will receive a firmware update addressing the sleep timer/focus issue. They’ve already released updates for the D5/D500.

    • ZoetMB

      Confirmation from who?

      • Ric of The LBC

        John Podesta’s emails

        • More likely Trump Jr.’s at this point.

          • Aldo

            Привет как дела

            Practicing my Russian so I’m ahead when it becomes the official US language

            • Very good, comrade, your Russian is most excellent! Now, if I can just find my sickle…ah, there it is under the red blanket.

            • Allan

              … next to your babushka.

            • Just watched a Public TV music concert from St Petersberg with David Foster with a fabulous female singer from the Ukraine, another beautiful tall blond lady from Moscow, and Emin who is from Azerbaijan. Outstanding concert. The only people not getting along seem to be in the U.S. Ironic.

            • Aldo

              “beautiful tall blond lady from Moscow” of Aryan decent, blue eyes? Just about the only Americans look-a-likes Trumps wants to see. Don’t forget he is “genetically superior” saw that interview? Nothing wrong with that either…

            • Wanted to buy the DVD of the concert but it is going for over $250. Yikes.

      • James R Mercer

        Nikon support. Logged in and opened a ticket.

      • TheMeckMan

        From WHOM… 😉

        • ZoetMB

          WHOM is not used in informal speech and writing and this is certainly informal writing.

  • sickheadache

    Today is a great importance in Japan is Happy Marshmallow Day and Nikon releases a lens as soft and fluffy as Marshmallows…Happy Marshmallow Day to all.

  • HD10

    Hopefully, a hood is included with the lens.

  • bobgrant

    I wish Nikon would release a new lens cap design. That would be more interesting. But to be fair, the 70-300 vr was always crummy, so this lens will be a good deal for many shooters if they get the long end sharp.

  • Aldo

    300mm is enough to make spying great again

    • Great for photographing Tweets from afar.


    Here in France nikon said the Lens is Fully compatible with d600 610 750 if they sports the latest firmware update,
    Sad thing is no 800 or 800e compatibility at all,
    The nikon article specifies also a sealed barrel (tous les éléments amovibles sont étanches)
    If it’s really the case and not a typo it is a great News.

    • Hard to believe that compatibility… My D600 has latest firmware and the AF-P DX version does nothing when mounted in it: no AF, no manual focus… Nothing. The only thing is that the body gets focus distance information from the lens (because I can’t take a photo in AF mode if doesn’t checks focus, no problem in shoting MF, except that it won’t focus anyway).

      I’ve found this Q&A at Nikon Support Centre:

      “The first AF-P lens was
      introduced in January 2016, as a result the number of cameras with menu
      items to allow control of AF-P lenses is currently limited. Some
      cameras require a firmware upgrade as identified below.

      Digital SLR cameras which have no restrictions with AF-P lenses
      D5500 (be sure the camera firmware has been updated to the latest version)

      Digital SLR cameras that have some restrictions with AF-P lenses
      For further details, select the product and lens combination in the DSLR camera and lens compatibility chart and check the notes.
      D810 series
      D3300 (be sure the camera firmware has been updated to the latest version)
      D5300 (be sure the camera firmware has been updated to the latest version)
      Nikon 1 series with the FT1

      AF-P lenses do not support other digital SLR or film SLR cameras.”

      Date is June of 2017, very recent. Also check this Compatibility Chart: There it can be seen that D600 and D610 are incompatible with AF-P lenses.

      May those firmware updates come soon…

    • Mmmm… GSXR92… Is that the 750 or 1100? 😉

  • BVS

    Apparently the US price is actually $746 not $699 as initially
    reported. Nikon USA and the retailers have all updated the price now.

    • KT

      Yes, I was surprised to see the new price at B&H and Adorama

    • I see… It’s strange that says nothing about D7100 and D7200.

      Perhaps this lens does works on these cameras, who knows…


        I am not on the god knowledge but from what models i have read i tend to think only commercialised models will receive the update, so i think d600 will receive it only to avoid another gate since it’s the only d610 still on market reason to be.
        In this regards I woul’d think the d7200 should be compatible as still available in nikon stores, but if it comes to be discontinued in few weeks maybe there is no update.
        D7100 I would think it’s a no go.

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