Reviews and Problems with Nikon 300mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S
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Love this Lens
3 weeks ago
Summary: I just bought this lens and am still learning what it can do, but so far, I love it. It is really sharp, and the autofocus is quick and accurate. It does not have vibration reduction, but so far this has not been a problem. I have shot both hand held and with a monopod attached to the tripod collar. The monopod helps stabilize and lets me frame the shots, and is light enough to carry attached to the lens.
Summary: When it comes to wildlife photography, I'm a "pixel peeper" as some would say. I "settled" for this 300mm f/4 Nikkor lens, as opposed to the f/2.8. My favorite wildlife challenge is to photograph hummingbirds, so I needed to step up the focal length from my 70 - 200 VRII to 300mm (without a teleconverter) - and need a fast lens. After running this lens through its paces for a day, I give it five stars with no hesitation.
Summary: Well, unlike most of the other reviewers....I use both the 300 2.8 and the 300 f4. The only reason to use the 300 2.8 is when you need to use it wide open. Otherwise the f4 is at least as sharp if not a bit sharper and definitely better contrast. The 300 f4 can be used hand held if necessary or with a monopod. That extra heft is a huge handicap for the 2.8 in many cases. I do a lot of sports car racing photography and the f4 generally is my first choice....
Summary: I have this lens, a 70 to 200 vr2 and the old version of the 80 to 400 vr. The 300 f/4 afs is my favorite. The 70 to 200 is too short for birds in most circumstances. The old 80 to 400 focuses too slowly and is not sharp enough at f/5.6 and is not as sharp as the 300 f/4 at any f stop. I thought of selling my 300 f/4 to help cover the cost of the excellent but very expensive new 80 to 400 afs vr2 but ruled that out after a serious look at the new lens.
Summary: This is not my first 300 mm Nikon. The other one was purchased in 1971 (not from Amazon...). It's been a fine lens and this one appears to be at least as good. This one has auto focus, which is nice with the D800. About the only thing that would make it better is vibration reduction. Of course that would have impacted the price more than a little bit. As it was the Amazon price was the lowest anywhere. ( Watch for a 10% off event ).
Summary: Previously I was using the capable consumer 55-300mm for telephoto. The 55-300mm gets soft at full tele, yet that's where I often found myself using the lens. After hitting the limits of what that lens can do, it made sense to get something better. I chose this 300mm f4 prime. I also considered a 70-200, but decided instead to get a dedicated telephoto instrument. I wanted a scalpel, not a Swiss Army knife.
Summary: This is the third version of this lens that I have owned. The two previous were the older and the newer f/2.8 vesions. To own one of these long lenses will be a compromise on your part. While they reach out to capture distant images, they are not without their limitations. It seems that, when you need to reach out there, you generally need more than 300mm.
Summary: I love this lens! I previously owned the Nikon 70-300mm (non VR) which was a terrible lens, super soft at 300mm and massive purple fringing. This prime lens is super sharp at 300mm, and the purple fringing is nowhere to be found. I was a little apprehensive about it being an f/4 lens, but I haven't had any light problems at all. I'm shooting birds at 1/2000 of a second, and I can crank up the ISO a bit and let her rip. Bokeh is excellent. I'm very impressed!
Summary: I am currently using this lens with a Nikon D800. I read a lot of online reviews before making the purchase. And I'm glad I didn't wait any longer to purchase this lens. I have captured some incredible wildlife shots of deer with this lens!