Nikon has announced an update to its popular DX 70-300mm zoom lens with enhanced VR stabilisation and a pulsed stepping motor for fast and quiet autofocusing.


The new AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR lens. (Source: Nikon.)

Designed to be usable on DX-format  cameras, the AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR uses a ‘pulse motor’ for quiet autofocus and a lighter body and boasts up to 4.5 stops of VR stabilisation. Users can choose between Normal or Sport VR Modes.  The minimum focus distance is 1.2metres with a magnification of 0.25x. It also has an electronic diaphragm allowing for smooth exposure transitions in video as well as during burst shooting. The lens features dust and drip resistance, along with a metal lens mount for durability. Focusing and zoom rings rotate smoothly for operational ease, comfort and handling. A nine-bladed diaphragm provides a natural, circular bokeh. The lens also features an ED element to significantly reduce chromatic aberration.

Local pricing and availability have still to be determined. For more information,  visit (Nikon USA states the new lens will have a suggested retail price of  US$699.99 but provides no details about a release date.)