Nikon unveils its first full-frame AF-P lens with the updated 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR telephoto zoom
posted Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT
Nikon has added its stepping motor (AF-P) autofocus technology to another one of its popular lenses, the venerable 70-300mm telephoto zoom. In fact, this is the first full frame lens in Nikon's lineup with stepping motor AF. The new AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR lens brings more improvements to the table than its new stepping motor autofocus - which is designed to offer fast, quiet autofocus while also reducing the weight of the lens - as it also includes an electronic diaphragm, which is designed to provide smoother exposure transitions during video capture and more consistent exposure when burst shooting still images.
In addition to the pulse motor autofocus and electronic diaphragm, the lens's vibration reduction technology has been improved by a reported half a stop, bringing the total amount of image stabilization up to 4.5 stops. With these new features and improved performance has come an increase in price. The new Nikon 70-300mm AF-P VR lens will retail for US$700, a $200 increase over the previous version. For photographers who want a lens with reach for recording video, the inclusion of AF-P may well be worth the extra money as the stepping motor focus has proven very impressive in other AF-P lenses we've tested. You can preorder the new lens through the link below, and you can read more about this lens in our Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR AF-P Preview.