Lack of VR in Nikon 300mm f4 - big deal or not?

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Re: Lack of VR in Nikon 300mm f4 - big deal or not?
In reply to hwg, Apr 23, 2013

just to be clear are we talking about the

Nikon 300mm f4 D AF-S IF ED Lens?

e.g.

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-nikon-300mm-f4-d-af-s-if-ed-lens/p12882

i was considering the bigma 50-500 but as it appears it is not too sharp at teh 500 mm end then i don't see the point.

it sounds like the nikon 300mm + 1.4x or 1.7x converter would give the better IQ but obviusly not at convieient as a zoom.

but if the IQ is not there in the bigma then there is no point.

Am i correcting in saying the 300mm f4 has better IQ than the Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR II ?

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Harry

Yes - we are talking about the AFS version of the 300mm f/4. The lens IQ with the tc14 is great, and pretty good with the tc17. Autofocus degrades a fair bit with the latter, as it really does suck up a lot of light, but still fine for fairly stationary subjects...

Even with the tc's, this is a significant step up from the 70-300VR.

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