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Nikon AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED

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Overall 10
10

Right choice for photo safari

Samo, B&H Photo
5 February 2009
  • Summary: Purchased specifically for Masai Mara photo safari. Shot ninety percent of my photos with it or with the 1.4x teleconverter attached to it. Great low light performance, superb optics, and fast auto-focus. Virtually no "hunting" on the auto-focus. Only drawbacks are price and weight. But that is the ante for the performance.
  • Pros: Quick Focus, Sharp Focus
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10
10

If you can only buy one long lens

Lynn, B&H Photo
3 February 2009
  • Summary: The Nikon 300 f/2.8 VR is it! This is my 5th 300mm Nikon and it is far and away the best. It actually seems brighter than all of my other f/2.8 lenses! Works great with the TC-20E and I've had some nice results using with extension tubes also.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Quick Focus, Sharp Focus
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10
10

sharp

Heals, B&H Photo
2 December 2008
  • Summary: I shoot sports, high school and college. The lens is awesome. It is exactly what I was told it would be by other photographers who told me to hold out and save for the best.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Quick Focus, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10
10

Superb

PerL, B&H Photo
17 November 2008
  • Summary: I mainly use it for nature / wildlife. Extremely sharp even wide open. Very good contrast at 2.8, stellar at 4. Good even into strong reflections and lights, no purple blobs. The out of focus areas are very smooth and beautiful, one of the best I have seen, it becomes a little bit harsher with the converters. Extremely fast AF. It's pretty heavy but still hand-holdable, a wimberley side-kick works well on a tripod.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10
10

Very versatile!

gnagel, B&H Photo
14 November 2008
  • Summary: I purchased this lens because of the outstanding subject isolation capabilities of this lens at f/2.8. My intention was to use it primarily for youth sports.Now that I own the lens, I find myself using it more than any other of my lenses. I use it for close ups of flowers, compressed landscapes, animals (particularly at the zoo), people and for sports.I tend to shoot it mostly wide open and have been very pleased with its sharpness and how it renders the out of focus...
  • Pros: Quick Focus, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10
10

As Sharp as Could Be!

Don Gato, B&H Photo
29 October 2008
  • Summary: I got this lens with a complete list of accessories in one big shop at B&H... I have to say it was an excellent decision! As sharp as no other! When by itself is simply outstanding! If used with a 1.4 TC (420mm) is pretty much the same... a little light loss... not important... However, kind of dodgy with a 2X TC (600mm)... Soft on borders and corners, slow on focus, needs good light... If you can keep this one with a 1.4x TC -the most- or -even better- alone...
  • Pros: Durable, Not so heavy to handhold, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy after a while
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Overall 10
10

As Sharp as Could Be!

Alex Don Gato, B&H Photo
11 October 2008
  • Summary: I got this lens with a complete list of accessories in one big shop at B&H... I have to say it was an excellent decision! As sharp as no other! When by itself is simply outstanding! If used with a 1.4 TC (420mm) is pretty much the same... a little light loss... not important... However, kind of dodgy with a 2X TC (600mm)... Soft on borders and corners, slow on focus, needs good light... If you can keep this one with a 1.4x TC -the most- or -even better- alone...
  • Pros: Durable, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10

Stellar !!!!

WildWally, B&H Photo
18 July 2008
  • Summary: This is my favorite lens to use .. Very manageable to hand-hold , extremely fast focusing , and un-matched bokeh . I also use with 1.7xTC and 2xTC , and found to work well !!
  • Pros: Durable, Extremely sharp
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
10

One of the best from Nikon

orionadante, B&H Photo
7 July 2008
  • Summary: This is one of the best Nikon lens to date. It must have lens for Nikon user, if you can afford it. Sharp sharp sharp with ultra smooth bokeh. I see a similar particular character that I found in Zeiss lenses. The leaves on the distant trees are just so clear and sharp, the edges of the each leaves, is just OMG. That Nano coating is not just a gimmic. It works. I can see big difference, between 300 f/4 AFS and this lens.
  • Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Improves Product Function, Smooth Bokeh, Very sharp
  • Cons: Bulky
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Overall 10
10

Incredible lens

Paul, B&H Photo
8 June 2008
  • Summary: Used this lens for a safari in Botswana with a D300 and the results where amazing. Day shots could be done without monopod, at night a monopod was required with shutter speeds in the range of 0.5-1 s range came out sharp and with nice motion effects if the subject made small movements. Active VR setting was very useful when taking sequences of birds taking off and following the bird motion.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy
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