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Some 300 AF-S F/4 love
  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


The 300 f/4 AF-S is one of the best values Nikon has to offer for bird/action photog. Great sharpness even wide open, fast AF speed, adequate build quality (if not for the collar), very lightweight, constant f/4, works like a charm with TCs and importantly cheap as dirt. Nothing in the market is even close when it comes to quality/price ratio.

I suggest we start a thread as a tribute for this "little" gem I know the Monkey has a lot of keepers using this lens, bring em on folks!

The following is nothing to run home about and heavily cropped, for the price however




  NIKON D7000    300.0 mm f/4.0 lens    300mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D7000    300.0 mm f/4.0 lens    300mm    f/5.0    1/2500s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D7000    300.0 mm f/4.0 lens    300mm    f/4.0    1/3200s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D7000    300.0 mm f/4.0 lens    300mm    f/7.1    1/1250s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D7000    300.0 mm f/4.0 lens    420mm    f/5.6    1/500s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jul 15, 2013 at 02:45 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


Seems like a good idea, Hussain...BEFORE the VR replacement is released at twice the price
The optical quality of this lens IS remarkable. My favorite 36MP "demo" portrait, handheld SOOC




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  NIKON D800    300mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    160 ISO    -0.7 EV  



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Jul 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


No trouble with the TC-17E II for fast action captures....poor man's 500



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  NIKON D800    500mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    800 ISO    -0.7 EV  



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Jul 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


...or just out horsin' around from 100 yds



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  NIKON D800    300mm    f/4.0    1/2500s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jul 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


It really comes into it's own as a light walkaround for the back 40...just sayin'



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  NIKON D800    300mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    320 ISO    -0.7 EV  



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Jul 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


Great shots as usual Will No. 3 is just beautiful and demonstrates the lens's capabilities wide open. VR is ought to come indeed...


Jul 15, 2013 at 03:24 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


VR & Nanocoat will pop that price up to... $2,399

This is one of Nikon's best lenses for the money, no doubt.

All these with a 1.7tc attached...

I spooked this guy up last winter and got my shot off in a split second right over my head...






Found these guys in February running for their lives from me...
Somewhat cropped, still decent detail.






This little rabbit let me get really close. I like the shot due to the amazing sharpness and detail.






Same with this, when I was invaded by 200 robins...






Then this Desert Bighorn hand held coming to butt me...






Critters come in all sizes...





















Jul 15, 2013 at 03:56 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


Great images guys! I'm seriously thinking about buying this lens but also considering the previous version of Sigma 100-300 f/2.8 OS, I'm still on the fence tho


Jul 15, 2013 at 04:01 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


I'm curious. When the D800 came out there were reports that this lens was not critically sharp on the D800. I would imagine if that was true you guys wouldn't be giving this lens much love... and the lens would also perform worse on the D7100. Does anyone have 100% crops on either a D800 or D7100 to share? I would like to see the detail.


Jul 15, 2013 at 04:23 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


One with the D700 and 300 -





and one with the 300 + 1.7tc







Jul 15, 2013 at 04:36 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


Chris Ventura wrote:
I'm curious. When the D800 came out there were reports that this lens was not critically sharp on the D800. I would imagine if that was true you guys wouldn't be giving this lens much love... and the lens would also perform worse on the D7100. Does anyone have 100% crops on either a D800 or D7100 to share? I would like to see the detail.


Chris, my 1st shot of the Roadrunner is about a 150% crop IIRC.
The feather detail is extraordinary! I've printed 200% to 11 X 14
Don't forget...I'm a Jpeg shooter...you RAW guys should blow me away.



Jul 15, 2013 at 05:04 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


D3s 300mm 1/2000 F/4 ISO 640


D3s 300mm + 1.4 TC 1/2000 F/5.6 ISO 720


D800 300mm + 1.4 TC 1/800 F/5.6 ISO 180


D7000 300mm + 1.4 TC 1/1000 F/5.6 ISO 400



Jul 15, 2013 at 06:18 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


Monkey can make a Holga shine


Jul 15, 2013 at 08:10 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


These are fantastic shots everyone ! The 300mm f/4 is by far my favorite lens with or without the 1.4 TC.

Birdie






  NIKON D7000    300mm    f/5.6    1/800s    100 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  NIKON D7000    420mm    f/6.3    1/160s    640 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  NIKON D7000    300mm    f/4.5    1/1000s    200 ISO    -1.0 EV  






  NIKON D7000    420mm    f/8.0    1/2500s    640 ISO    -1.7 EV  






  NIKON D800    300mm    f/7.1    1/1600s    500 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Jul 15, 2013 at 09:37 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


I'll play, my favorite lens, never lets you down.




  NIKON D300    420mm    f/11.0    1/2500s    800 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  NIKON D300    420mm    f/11.0    1/1250s    800 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  NIKON D300    420mm    f/11.0    1/3200s    800 ISO    -0.7 EV  







The best lens for sudo macro insects, bar none!









Jul 15, 2013 at 09:44 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


The older AF ED model, non AF-S





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Jul 16, 2013 at 02:41 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


This lens is a bargain for what you get. It's very sharp and takes the 1.4TC very well. Taken with the D7100.







Jul 16, 2013 at 02:50 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


Chris Ventura wrote:
I'm curious. When the D800 came out there were reports that this lens was not critically sharp on the D800. I would imagine if that was true you guys wouldn't be giving this lens much love... and the lens would also perform worse on the D7100. Does anyone have 100% crops on either a D800 or D7100 to share? I would like to see the detail.

trenchmonkey wrote:
Chris, my 1st shot of the Roadrunner is about a 150% crop IIRC.
The feather detail is extraordinary! I've printed 200% to 11 X 14
Don't forget...I'm a Jpeg shooter...you RAW guys should blow me away.


Thanks Will, that's all I needed to hear. Sounds like a fantastic lens. I need one.




Jul 16, 2013 at 04:11 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


Thank you for starting this post! I did not think is was that good! Awesome shots on here! Been wanting one, now even more so...


Jul 16, 2013 at 06:50 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Some 300 AF-S F/4 love


The comparatively short range of 300 mm - I loathe converters - really taught me the value of getting close to my subjects, an approach that has translated well to the longer lenses I mostly work with now.


brother & sister by christianhunold, on Flickr



american beaver by christianhunold, on Flickr



least sandpiper by christianhunold, on Flickr



Jul 16, 2013 at 08:37 AM
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