Read this section if you purchased the camera with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5–6.3G ED VR or AF-P DX NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5–6.3G ED lens kit available in some countries or regions. The parts of the lens are listed below.

1 Lens cap
2 Lens hood mounting mark
3 Focus ring
4 Zoom ring
5 Focal length scale
6 Focal length mark
7 Lens mounting mark
8 CPU contacts
9 Rear lens cap

These lenses are for use exclusively with DX format Nikon digital SLR cameras; SLR film cameras and D3-series, D2-series, D1-series, D700, D300-series, D200, D100, D90, D80, D70-series, D60, D50, D40-series, D7000, D5100, D5000, D3200, D3100, D3000 digital SLR cameras are not supported. When using these lenses with a D5, D4-series, D810-series, D800-series, Df, D750, D610, D600, D7200, D7100, D5500, D5300, or D3300, be sure the camera firmware has been updated to the latest version.


The focus mode can be selected using camera controls (0 Focus Mode). Autofocus and rangefinder features are supported at all focal lengths. When using this lens, ignore any sections of the camera manual listing autofocus and rangefinder restrictions for lenses with a maximum aperture slower than f/5.6.


Focus is adjusted automatically when the camera is in autofocus mode (0 Focus Mode). The focus ring can also be used to focus the camera if the shutter-release button is kept pressed halfway (or if the AF-ON button is kept pressed); this is known as “autofocus with manual override” (M/A). Autofocus will resume when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway (or the AF-ON button is pressed) a second time. Note that touching the focus ring while autofocus is in effect will change the focus position.

Manual Focus

When the camera is in manual focus mode, focus can be adjusted by rotating the lens focus ring (0 Manual Focus). When the camera is off or the standby timer has expired, the focus ring cannot be used to focus and rotating the zoom ring will change the focus position; before focusing, turn the camera on or press the shutter-release button to reactivate the standby timer.

Users of D5200 cameras should note that if the standby timer is allowed to expire, the focus position will change when the timer is restarted. Refocus before shooting. Longer standby times are recommended for manual focus and in other situations in which you may not release the shutter immediately after focusing.

Vibration Reduction (VR, AF-P DX NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5–6.3G ED VR Only)

When an AF-P DX NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5–6.3G ED VR is mounted on the camera, vibration reduction can be enabled or disabled using the Optical VR option in the shooting menu (0 Optical VR). If On is selected, vibration reduction will take effect whenever the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. Vibration reduction reduces blur caused by camera shake, allowing shutter speeds up to 4.0 stops slower than would otherwise be the case, increasing the range of shutter speeds available. The effects of VR on shutter speed are measured according to Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards; FX-format lenses are measured using FX-format digital SLR cameras, DX-format lenses using DX-format cameras. Zoom lenses are measured at maximum zoom.

Vibration Reduction

  • When using vibration reduction, press the shutter-release button halfway and wait for the image in the viewfinder to stabilize before pressing the shutter-release button the rest of the way down.
  • When vibration reduction is active, the image in the viewfinder may jiggle after the shutter is released. This does not indicate a malfunction.
  • When the camera is panned, vibration reduction applies only to motion that is not part of the pan (if the camera is panned horizontally, for example, vibration reduction will be applied only to vertical shake), making it much easier to pan the camera smoothly in a wide arc.
  • If the camera is equipped with a built-in flash, vibration reduction will be disabled while the flash charges.
  • Vibration reduction is generally recommended when the camera is mounted on a tripod, although you may prefer to turn it off depending on shooting conditions and the type of tripod.
  • Vibration reduction is recommended when the camera is mounted on a monopod.

Supplied Accessories

  • LC-58 58 mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap

Compatible Accessories

  • 58 mm screw-on filters
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-1020 Lens Case
  • HB-77 Bayonet Hood

    Align the lens hood mounting mark (●) with the lens hood alignment mark () as shown in Figure q and then rotate the hood (w) until the ● mark is aligned with the lens hood lock mark (—○).

    When attaching or removing the hood, hold it near the symbol on its base and avoid gripping it too tightly. Vignetting may occur if the hood is not correctly attached. The hood can be reversed and mounted on the lens when not in use. When the hood is reversed, it can be attached and removed by rotating it while holding it near the lock mark (—○).


Type Type G AF-P DX lens with built-in CPU and F mount
Focal length 70–300 mm
Maximum aperture f/4.5–6.3
Lens construction 14 elements in 10 groups (including 1 ED lens element)
Angle of view 22° 50´ – 5° 20´
Focal length scale Graduated in millimeters (70, 100, 135, 200, 300)
Distance information Output to camera
Zoom Manual zoom using independent zoom ring
Focusing Autofocus controlled by stepping motor; separate focus ring for manual focus
Vibration reduction (AF-P DX NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5–6.3G ED VR only) Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)
Minimum focus distance 1.1 m (3.7 ft) from focal plane (0 Focal Plane Position) at all zoom positions
Diaphragm blades 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Diaphragm Fully automatic
Aperture range
  • 70 mm focal length: f/4.5–22
  • 300 mm focal length: f/6.3–32

The minimum aperture displayed may vary depending on the size of the exposure increment selected with the camera.

Metering Full aperture
Filter-attachment size 58 mm (P = 0.75 mm)
Dimensions Approx. 72 mm maximum diameter × 125 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5–6.3G ED VR: Approx. 415 g (14.7 oz)
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5–6.3G ED: Approx. 400 g (14.2 oz)

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