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

Started Apr 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
nikhilpednekar
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Re: Lack of VR in Nikon 300mm f4 - big deal or not?
In reply to familypast, Apr 24, 2013

I have the 300mm f4 and a 1.4 TC. Use it for birding.

I get reasonable sharp pix if the subject is really close, say less than 20ft. However, as the distance increases, the sharpness falls off dramatically.

The 1.4 TC also takes a huge toll.

Bottomline, the lens is not very easy to use. As sad as I am to state this, great pix will not be predictably achievable when shooting handheld, even if you force the shutter speed to be faster than 1/500th. Using a monopod or tripod is not convenient, and in anycase shouldn't cloud assessment of whether the lack of VR makes a difference.

Since your stated interest is birding, I'd think you should rent the lens first before spending on it.

To see the effect of image stabilization, try the canon with the IS switched on and off. The difference should be alarming.

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