CalgaryBill
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Opinions On Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4D?

Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:47 pm

I'm just curious if anyone out there is shooting regularly with a Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4D lens? I currently have an AF-S 70-200 F2.8 VR lens, plus the AF-S 200-400mm F4 VR. However, lately I've run into situations where the 70-200 wasn't enough reach (and some of the shots were directly overhead, so putting my 1.7 TC II on wouldn't have helped image quality), but the 200-400 was too much reach (some military bases don't allow lenses longer than 300mm along the sidelines).

Since I've already spent a fortune on glass I can't really justify a 300mm F2.8, but the 300mm F4 is pretty reasonably priced. I also have the new AF-S 70-300mm VR, but it's not the sharpest lens at 300mm and I really only bought it as a lightweight travel lens.

So from your experience, how does the 300 F4 perform?

Thanks in advance,
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PS: I searched the forum for "300mm F4" and only got one hit from back in the pre-D200 days. So more variety appreciated!
 
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RE: Opinions On Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4D?

Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:32 pm

The 300mm F4 is a great lens. It's small, fast and silent. The optical quality is fine. I used the 300/F4 with the D100 and the D200 but finally sold it in favour of the 200-400. In fact, I wonder why so few people use this lens. At under $1000 it's quite a bargain.

I did not get very good results with the 1.7 converter, at least not with fast moving objects.

These were taken with the 300/F4:

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1126582/L/

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0878050/L/



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RE: Opinions On Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4D?

Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:38 pm

Thanks Roel. That Kenya Airways shot is gorgeous!

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RE: Opinions On Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4D?

Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:58 pm

Thanks for the input and links folks.  bigthumbsup 

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RE: Opinions On Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4D?

Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:50 pm

Royal - how is the 300 working for you? Looks like pretty good?

Bill - here is my first anet shot with it (the one lens I eventually sold to Royal)

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That was/is a great lens. Gave it up when I got the 2.8 for indoor sports.

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RE: Opinions On Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4D?

Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:16 pm

Thanks Pete. That's one thing that worries me about that lens - it's been around since the days when WJ flew -200s! Nikon's website says it was released in 2000, so I'm kind of worried a replacement will come out (I'm thinking VR), but then again it doesn't seem to have huge sales numbers so they may not put effort into an update. All of that said, I'm a "buy what you need when you need it" kind of guy, so I'll go try it out and decide if I'm going to buy it.

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