Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR lens listed as discontinued

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR lens is now listed as discontinued at B&H and is no longer available at Adorama (only used listings are displayed). Amazon still has the lens in stock for $579.99.

In July Nikon announced the new Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR full frame lens (see review) that will replace the discontinued model. Nikon was even able to increase the price of the new lens by $50 to $746.95 (was $699,90 when announced - check current pricing at B&HAdorama | Amazon).

Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G vs. Nikkor AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E lens comparison

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  • Bob Thane

    VR, not VF in the title. 😉

    Sad to see it go, it was a classic. But makes sense that it’d be discontinued, the new version holds up much better to modern sensors.

  • Justin Laidlaw

    Aww really? I bought the lens last year.. should I upgrade it for the new version. I have D5500 + D7200

    • Roger S

      I wouldn’t feel like there’s any hurry unless this zoom range is particularly important to you and your current lens can’t do things you want it to do. I’ve been happy with the AF-S G ED-IF VR version of the lens (or whatever it is) for a while and don’t see the need to replace it yet.

    • Neil Denyer

      You don’t need to FX version for those cameras. I have the DX AFP VR version and it is markedly better than the AFS VR (which I also have). It is sharper and focuses quicker and quieter. It is also lighter and cheaper. However, its not weather sealed, and just looks …cheap! But as a way of getting an image onto the sensor of a DX camera, its great.

    • Spy Black

      Unless you’re not satisfied with your lens, I can’t see a reason to upgrade. However if you’re considering another one, you might also want to also check out the forthcoming Tamron 100-400.

  • Allen_Wentz

    With FIVE 70-300mm lenses it is about time Nikon started discontinuing some of them. The new AF-P version is reportedly pretty good.

    • yes, and almost twice as expensive as the old version 🙂

      • dabug91

        Well it’s not THAT much more expensive than what the old one was. If I recall correctly, the old one typically sold for $589-$600 all the time before they dropped it down to $500. Used ones typically always sold for about $300 or less.

        • Yes sorry – 50% more expensive.

  • Neil Denyer

    The DX version is noticeably sharper over 220mm

  • Reilly Diefenbach

    My oldie holds up to the D850 pretty well :^)

    • dabug91

      It’s so soft it makes your D850 look like a D810. 😉

      • Reilly Diefenbach


  • Mansgame

    It was a good lens…wish I appreciated it more when I had it.

  • I couldn’t help winding it out to 300, and whenever I did I was always disappointed with the results even stopped down to F8 it was still dodgy in high contrast and when at near infinite focus. That was on the D7000.

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