Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR User Reviews

Announced Jan 6, 2015 •
Telephoto prime lens | Nikon F (FX) | 2223
Alexander Kvasha

Nikon New AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR BEWARE THIS LENSE!!!!! Check this lens before purchasing very diligently. Nikon didn't remove famous bug of VR blurring in newer lenses, at least in some of them. Here respond of Nikon on my request in this regard: "Dear Sir, Greetings from Nikon India !!! This is to inform you that we have inspected your lens in Nikon India HO, Gurgaon and the same is working as per standard. We have instructed the service team to send the same back to dealer in ...

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This lens is worth every penny of its price. Its short focus ability allows me to use it not only for wildlife, but also for close up subjects, and even for macro with a teleconverter and an extension tube. The bokeh is quite nice, the sharpness, contrast and colors are great. Plus its small size and weight allows me to carry it everywhere without being weighed down. Adding the 1.4 teleconverter to this lens provides a nice 420mm f/5.6 equivalent with little loss in image quality. This is ...

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I read all the forums here about this lens and was really skeptical in buying one. But I wanted to get into wildlife photography with a nice prime and without breaking the bank. So 500mm pf would be my last resort, if and when I would be getting closer. However, I took the risk thinking I'll return it for 500mm pf, if my copy doesn't appear to be what I'm expecting from this lens. I got my 300mm pf yesterday and I just shot some indoor portraits both FX & DX on D850 because it was dust ...

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Michael Jardine

Yes, that's right. Sony does not have a 300mm prime lens and since I switched over to Sony. I've kept this lens. With the Vello adaptor, it gets 10fps on the A9 and tracks fast moving field sports very well. I also like that it's size allows me the flexibility to move up and down the field relatively easily, and it's a beautiful lens for candids and travel. Nikon 300/PF Gallery here https://qamera.smugmug.com/Gear/Nikon-300mm-f4-Nikon-and-Sony/

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The Nikon 300mm F4E PF Nikkor Lens is a phenomenal piece of glass. It's incredibly sharp and remarkably compact and lightweight for a 300mm F/4 prime lens. I've been using it for the better part of a year, and have captured some great images with it. I guess my only problem with it is 300mm feels a bit short for a lot of the shots I want of wildlife. I could get a teleconverter, but that increases the size and makes the lens darker. I think now that the 500mm pf would be better for me, but ...

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I have to say this review is based on lens usage since 1 month ago. Did a thorough research before deep diving into buying it - overall it's my 5th lens bought as new (most of my gear was bought used) and being the 5th, this cost as much as all the other 4 new ones added together. Can this be justified? So was it worth it? Please note I had a Nikon 300mm F4 "old" D version previously. Amazing IQ, but cumbersome on D750 - when trekking in the forest and hanging in my neck, weight of lens ...

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I have been the owner of the Nikkor 300mm F4 ED-IF for nearly a year.  It's much lighter than my 200-500mm zoom, and its IQ is stellar.  For my needs, this lens is quite limited.  You see, you need a generous amount of light or high shutter speeds in order to make great images because it's not easily stabilized (for low SS, a Kirk Collar and tripod is best).  I found those drawbacks to be frustrating, so hearing about the Nikkor 300mm F4 PF made me curious and hopeful that I'd found a lens ...

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I've had this lens for about a week and taken quite a few shots with the D810 and the new D500.  It is very sharp and works exceptionally well on the D500 at all shutter speeds using VR.  I did do quite a few test shots using the D810 and can say that this combination does still have an issue with "VR blur" between 1/80- 1/160 sec.  This was varied and did not replicate the same for each shot at the same shutter speed and that could be due to hand holding but it did work surprisingly well at ...

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Internautic
 

After a decade of fuzzy and grainy captures (even with tripod/mirror up/remote release) with my Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR I have to conclude that for the price point, I haven't had a 300mm prime as good as this one. Very fast to focus with significantly sharper images. I haven't had any issues or abnormalities with it, on my D300. In less than a week, I receive my D500. Hope to do a comparison test.

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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 ...

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