Great images, tiny size, fast and accurate focus, no VR issue

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Great images, tiny size, fast and accurate focus, no VR issue

Reviews of good equipment are pretty short, since there are no interesting aberrations or flaws to talk about. The 300/4 is such a lens: images are sharp wide open with no visible chromatic aberration or distortion. "Fresnel flare" is a non-issue -- perhaps you can do something weird and provoke different sorts of artifacts than a purely reflective lens would give, but using it to actually take pictures of normal things, there are no issues, even with strongly backlit subjects. Contrast and color are fine. Optics are still fine with the 1.4x teleconverter.

On my D7100 focus is surefooted and fast, although maybe a bit slower than the 80-400. It's still fine for birds in flight, and it doesn't hunt.

It focuses close enough to be useful as a semimacro lens for large insects and flowers, especially with extra magnification from a 1.4x teleconverter.

The VR issues that affected some of the earlier copies are fixed on mine; VR works well, and I can take sharp shots at 1/20-1/30 second.

It's small and light, too -- remarkably small. It's pricey, but it does everything it's supposed to do well.

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Nikon D500 Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Telephoto prime lens • Nikon F (FX) • 2223
Announced: Jan 6, 2015
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