Some Nikkor ED 300mm f/2 IF samples

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jfriedl
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Some Nikkor ED 300mm f/2 IF samples
Jul 19, 2011

I recently acquired a Nikkor 300mm f/2 and its custom 1.4x TC, and it was suggested to me that some might like to see some samples. I've posted quite a few on my blog [ http://regex.info/blog ], and here's a direct link to the 300mm f/2 category:

http://regex.info/blog/category/camera-equipment/nikkor-300mm-f2

One of the first pictures I took with it, handheld, from this blog post: http://regex.info/blog/2011-05-07/1763

Focus is pretty spot on on the bird's eye, though that's entirely by luck.

A recent one, shot with a monopod at dusk, from this blog post: http://regex.info/blog/2011-07-19/1824

Two more with a monopod at dusk, from this blog post: http://regex.info/blog/2011-07-14/1819

The lens really attracts smiles and pleasant attention. It's very fun, but as you can tell, I need more practice with the focus. f/2 at 300mm is unforgiving.

Here are a couple handheld during the day, from this blog post: http://regex.info/blog/2011-07-01/1810

Finally, here's one of me using it, bracing it on my knee, from this blog post giving my first impressions of the lens: http://regex.info/blog/2011-05-11/1769

Jeffrey

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In reply to jfriedl, Jul 19, 2011

I have this lens, too. amazing! I am going to keep it for a long time!!!!

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unique lens... unique pics and mood, like

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In reply to aria1117, Jul 19, 2011

aria1117 wrote:

I have this lens, too. amazing! I am going to keep it for a long time!!!!

What do you use for the filter holder? Modern Nikon AF-use filter holders do not fit snugly... they are thinner than the originals. But the original screw-in filter holder was an option, so they're difficult (impossible?) to come by. Not even Nikon Japan had a clue what to do for one.

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In reply to jfriedl, Jul 19, 2011

I was mad hot last week with my tiny 50 1,2 at gion. What a wonderful festival, but what a horribly crowded time. You proved with that lens how well you can tell an intimate story wide open versus shut dow. In credible work.

I'm in the area for another 2 weeks if you have time. I'm unemployed at the moment (if you call writing employment, then I suppose I am employed), so I'd love to chat. But 7KG is a LOT to carry around, especially when it's 37 degrees outside.

Great work, really.
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In reply to shigzeo ?, Jul 19, 2011

shigzeo ? wrote:

I was mad hot last week with my tiny 50 1,2 at gion.

The key is to STAY IN THE SHADE. You'll notice that all the shots on my blog are from the shade.

I'm in the area for another 2 weeks if you have time. I'm unemployed at the moment (if you call writing employment, then I suppose I am employed), so I'd love to chat. But 7KG is a LOT to carry around, especially when it's 37 degrees outside.

I've got a backpack just for the lens, and tend to not bring it "just in case", but when I have a specific idea in mind, as I did during the festival.

I'm leaving soon for summer in The States, but I'll be back in September... ping me next time you're in town!

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I'll be back in December, when it's nice and cool!

What do you do here?

I'm just getting my visa together and applying for various jobs at the moment. Should be working by February to April timeframe in Tsukuba.

Love the stool idea and the shade idea. Damn, 37 is way too hot for this old Canadian.
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In reply to jfriedl, Jul 27, 2011

The bokeh is very nice, much like the 200/2 VR. Is there a particular reason you use the 300/2? I would think if you want to hand hold the 200/2 is more manageable and AF is helpful, too.

But a truly amazing lens; I want one now

How do you like it with the 1.4X TC? Presumably you would be using a tripod for 420mm shots, at least for me with the TC-20E III, the 200/2 operates much easier on tripod than hand-held and results are better too.

Ilkka

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In reply to jfriedl, Jul 27, 2011

Congradulations; I had read a time or two about that lens just never seen one.

I really like number two, it did a fantistic job of isolating the two people, I love that shot, enjoy many years of using, what body are you using?

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In reply to jfriedl, Jul 27, 2011

Hi!

Really uniquely wonderful images from this relatively rare optic!

I'm guessing that there is no chance of a modern day 300 f/2 AF-S VR appearing. Probably a good thing, as its price would be deep into 5 figures, and I'd be irrationally tempted to get one!

Thanks for posting!

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In reply to RBFresno, Jul 27, 2011

Yikes, as hard of a time as I have getting spot on focus with the 200/2, I can only imagine the challenge with a 300/2. Thet DOF is crazy thin - love the images. Thanks for posting. I didn't even know Nikon ever made such a lens.

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tundracamper wrote:

Yikes, as hard of a time as I have getting spot on focus with the 200/2, I can only imagine the challenge with a 300/2. Thet DOF is crazy thin - love the images. Thanks for posting. I didn't even know Nikon ever made such a lens.

They only made about 450 of them, based on serial number range. Conventional wisdom is that the motion picture industry has accumulated most of them and converted them to PL mount. The few that I've seen for sale have been in PL mount. They also carried a price tag that would land them square in the motion pic industry--several times the cost of a 400/2.8.

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In reply to jfriedl, Jul 27, 2011

Wow, the mention of the lens itself was a blast from the past. I like your photos but I especially like the father and daughter on the bridge. I also like the photo of the guy jumping. That looked like he was having fun.

Thanks for sharing and congrats on such a great lens!

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In reply to em_dee_aitch, Jul 27, 2011

Unique looking images

Here ye go

http://www.apertureuk.com/Nikon_300mm_f2.html

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In reply to jfriedl, Jul 29, 2011

When you have a chance to talk to Nikon guys (D4 event) can you ask them if they're going to rework that lens, please?

TIA

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ps. lovely pictures, btw.

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In reply to Ilkka Nissilä, Jul 29, 2011

Ilkka Nissilä wrote:

Is there a particular reason you use the 300/2?

Because I can

I've had a crush on the lens ever since I heard of it, but only recently was able to acquire one. In this day of fast sensors it doesn't make a lot of logical sense, but I enjoy it on an emotional level.

How do you like it with the 1.4X TC?

The 1.4TC size is insignificant compared to the lens, so it feels the same even when handheld.

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rubicon wrote:

what body are you using?

D700 + vertical grip.

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In reply to jfriedl, Jul 29, 2011

jfriedl wrote:

Ilkka Nissilä wrote:

Is there a particular reason you use the 300/2?

Because I can

Yes, but don't you want to be practical? How does your back like carrying it?

In this day of fast sensors it doesn't make a lot of logical sense, but I enjoy it on an emotional level.

I use the 200/2 VR myself and the pictures from it have a unique quality. Your 300/2 seems quite similar, if a bit more extreme in the bokeh department

But even the 200/2 makes people ask me what it cost and what TV show I'm shooting ... I kind of resent that, but I accept it as a price to pay for the beautiful images.

To me fast lenses are even more useful with modern (FX) DSLRs, as they together open up new possibilities for photographs in conditions just a few years were impossible to imagine. But I live in the North where the light levels ... well, they're subdued.

How do you like it with the 1.4X TC?

The 1.4TC size is insignificant compared to the lens, so it feels the same even when handheld.

And I take the picture quality with TC is good?

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Ilkka Nissilä wrote:

I use the 200/2 VR myself and the pictures from it have a unique quality. Your 300/2 seems quite similar, if a bit more extreme in the bokeh department

But even the 200/2 makes people ask me what it cost and what TV show I'm shooting ... I kind of resent that, but I accept it as a price to pay for the beautiful images.

Well said. I've now got another dream lens to get. It took me a few years to get to the point of having the 200. With the rarity of this 300, I'll count myself lucky just to get to see one.

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