It’s the world’s smallest super telephoto zoom lens*, and the first 1 Nikkor lens designed with a focus limit switch that enables faster autofocus for capturing fast moving objects. Weighing just about 550g, and measuring just 73mm across and 108mm long, the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 has an incredible equivalent focal length coverage of 189mm to 810mm (in 35mm format), making it perfect for wildlife and sports photographers.
The broad focal length covered makes it easier to track and shoot subjects, and the close-focus capabilities allow you to shoot at a maximum magnification of 0.41X, allowing for macro-like images of flowers, insects and other miniscule marvels. Autofocus with manual override is offered if you require subtle fine-tuning, and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is able to adjust the focus amount based on the speed at which you turn the focusing ring. Turn faster, and the focus amount is more, slow down and it provides finer focus for accuracy.
With one Super ED lens element and Nikon’s proprietary Nano Crystal Coat anti-reflective coating, the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is sure to deliver sharp, clear images with excellent contrast. Meanwhile, an autofocus limit switch has been implemented to speed up autofocusing by setting the lens to focus within a predetermined limit.
Nikon says the implementation of VR on the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 allows you a gain of 4.0 stops on the long end and 4.5 stops on the wide, thus letting you faster shutter speeds than what might normally be possible. This helps immensely in super-telephoto photography, where any bit of camera shake is highly magnified. A perfect complement to the Nikon 1 line-up of cameras, this might just be what wildlife and birding photographers have been waiting for.
The 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is available now from all authorized Nikon retailers at a Recommended Retail Price of S$1,259.
* Among interchangeable lenses featuring a focal length of 600mm equivalent or longer (in 35mm format) for digital still cameras with AF function available as of 13 March 2014 based on Nikon research.
Some web-sized sample images from the lens: