On July 11, 2017, Nikon celebrated their 100th Anniversary. To commemorate this they have introduced Special Edition versions of their professional trinity of full-frame lenses: the AF-S 14-24mm F/2.8G, the AF-S 24-70mm F/2.8E VR and AF-S 70-200mm F/2.8E FL VR, all in a new high-grade metallic-grey finish, plus an new AF-P 70-300mm lens.
The new Nikkor AF-P 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6E VR is a full-frame F-mount telephoto lens with built-in silent stepping-motor suitable for video capture. It offers an electromagnetically-controlled aperture with no less than 9 blades for reliable exposure and smooth bokeh.
Like other lenses in the AF-P family, this one is designed with a light-weight and compact construction. Its maximum aperture is necessarily dim to keep size low. Toggles on the side have been redesigned to prevent accidental changes while allowing quick changes between AF and MF or toggle VR. Speaking of, the new Vibration Reduction system in the AF-P 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6E VR is rated at 4.5 stops according to the CIPA standard.