Nikon Developing 120-300mm f/2.8E Zoom Lens

Alongside the development announcement of the D6 DSLR, Nikon also unveiled plans to release a new NIKKOR AF-S 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR. The world record holder for a lens with the most letters on the end of the product name. Anyone have any idea what the SR means? That’s a new one…

This focal range and wide aperture will be of great interest to sports photographers, and again underlines the importance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games for Nikon, Canon and Sony.

No details or specifications have been shared about the lens, nor was there any release date information or pricing. Expect to see it around the end of 2019/beginning of 2020, though, to ensure the pros get some time with it before the Olympics.

Many people forget, because it was perhaps slightly before their recent lens renaissance, but Sigma actually make a 120-300mm f/2.8 lens already.

Press Release

Nikon is Developing the D6 Digital SLR Camera and the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm F/2.8E FL ED SR VR Telephoto Lens

MELVILLE, NY (September 4, 2019 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the Nikon D6 professional DSLR camera and the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR telephoto zoom lens.

Nikon released the D1 digital SLR camera in 1999, making 2019 the 20th anniversary of the single-digit D series. Thanks to the imaging know-how cultivated over Nikon’s long history in camera development, Nikon’s professional DSLR cameras have continued to evolve by introducing some of the industry’s most advanced technologies and responding to the strict demands of professional photographers with the ultimate in performance and reliability, even in the most severe conditions. With the D6, Nikon is currently developing its most advanced DSLR to date.

This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Nikon F mount. The new AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR F mount lens that Nikon is developing will provide professional photographers in fields such as sports photography with even greater support.

Nikon is striving to expand possibilities for imaging expression and leading the way in imaging culture with both DSLR and mirrorless camera systems, as well as a rich lineup of NIKKOR lenses.

Details including release dates, pricing and specifications for these products will be announced at a later date. For more information on the latest Nikon products, please visit

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