In this Tale Eleven, I introduce a large-aperture, super telephoto lens NIKKOR-H 300mm f/2.8 made exclusively for news photographers that general photographers seldom have chance to see.
Cameras and lenses of Nikon (Nippon Kogaku K.K.) were developed based on valuable advice of photographers irrespective of amateur or professional since early times.
Among others, for the development of telephoto and super telephoto lenses, the advice of sports and news photographers played an important role. Therefore, there are many lenses that have close relation with the historical events in the selection of NIKKOR lenses.
For example, NIKKOR Auto 400 mm, 600 mm, 800 mm and 1200mm that use the focusing unit have the linkage with Tokyo Olympics (1964) and 300 mm f/2.8 taken up this time with Sapporo Winter Olympics (1972).
Nowadays, 300 mm f/2.8 is very popular among photographers regardless of amatures or profesionals, but it was really a professional's gear at that time. Among Japanese lens-lovers, 300 mm f/2.8 lenses are friendly called "San, Ni-Ppa (3, 2-8)". Nikon's first "3, 2-8" lens was born from the wish of taking sharp photos with the shutter speeed as fast as possible at the event of Sapporo Winter Olympics.