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There are at least 5 of these things on the buy/sell right now between $650 and $750. Is it just a coincidence or is there a reason people are dumping their 300 f4s?

I'm not specifically in the market for one, but mostly curious.



Nov 02, 2016 at 12:52 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


I am really contemplating on getting one someday. Focus was really fast, even on the D90. For my use, I just won't use it as much as I would like to.

When I borrowed my uncle's 300 f/4, it was amazing though.
Evo VS Evo by Khoua Lee, on Flickr

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Nov 02, 2016 at 01:04 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


Absolutely an amazing value. I have had this lens before (now have a non-VR f2.8) and if you are OK with f4, you will not find a lens that is better than this at the used price point.

Pros:
Sharp wide open
Plays very well with TC14 (and TC17 is also usable)
Built-in hood
77mm filters
Close focusing! Works almost like a macro lens at MFD

Cons:
no VR
Tripod collar is not stellar, people use Kirk replacement usually
Aperture blades are open and are not protected by glass element, easy for dust to get in

If I dump my f2.8 lens, I will be sure to pick an f4 again (no need to pay for the new VR version unless you want VR and smaller size/weight).

Just my $0.02 :-)



Nov 02, 2016 at 01:08 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


Here are a couple from earlier this year on a d750. I had posted mine for sale, but am deciding to keep it at the moment.

These are with the af-d not af-s model

https://photos.smugmug.com/Proofs/Sports/2016-Gravel/20160326-HTFU-Roubaix/i-xt9T9jG/0/XL/D75_2994-XL.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Proofs/Sports/2016-Gravel/20160326-HTFU-Roubaix/i-qz8mC3b/0/XL/D75_3021-XL.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Proofs/Sports/2016-Gravel/20160326-HTFU-Roubaix/i-x5S38GF/0/XL/D75_3069-XL.jpg

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Nov 02, 2016 at 01:14 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


Very interesting. Seems like a decent lens. I wonder why people are dumping them...maybe all of the medium aperture tele-zooms out there that have gotten pretty good are just more convenient than a 300 & TCs?




Nov 02, 2016 at 01:25 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


Oops, mine is the af-d, it is not af-s, it's the previous gen


Nov 02, 2016 at 01:30 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


Lots of people switched to the 300/4E PF, which is much lighter, smaller and has VR.


Nov 02, 2016 at 01:56 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


Yes with the 300/4E PF and the introduction of the D500 many people, especially sport shooters are realizing they can have a high FPS camera with the focal length equivalent of 450mm in a package that handles like a 24-70 2.8. This is a very inviting package and many news and wire sports shooters are moving to this as a second body/lens combo for long shots in arenas, etc. Not surprised about the increase in the older 300's for sale.


Nov 02, 2016 at 02:47 PM
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Excellent lens, no doubt abt it. But with the release of the 200-500f5.6 ED VR, users are getting, greater range @ 5.6. (ie same f-stops with 1.4X TC + 300mm ) and VR, which was being missed in the former I guess.



Nov 02, 2016 at 03:41 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


One of my favorite lenses. Not a single negative thing I have to say about this lens, and with their prices going down due to the PF version, it's a no brainer. It plays great with the 1.4 TC and has great macro potential.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1227020/0?keyword=love#11680815



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


Absolutely wonderful lens except for the size and weight.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Birds/Southern-Africa/i-TcJXk92/0/XL/_D714777-XL.jpg


(With 1.4TC on a D7100)



Nov 02, 2016 at 04:27 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


The reason is because we have so many options now. Nikon has 200-500, 80-400VR and 300/VR. Then there's always Tamron and Sigma alternatives. But the classic 300/4 AF-S is STILL a fantastic lens, especially for the current going rate. It also takes TC's perfectly. I DON'T ever shoot birds and I got these easily with the 300/4 AF-S + TC-17E:





  NIKON D750    500mm    f/8.0    1/4000s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D750    500mm    f/8.0    1/4000s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 02, 2016 at 06:38 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


BSPhotog wrote:
There are at least 5 of these things on the buy/sell right now between $650 and $750. Is it just a coincidence or is there a reason people are dumping their 300 f4s?

I'm not specifically in the market for one, but mostly curious.


People just want to upgrade.
For someone that wants to get more serious about their longer lens shooting at a bargain price, this one can't be beat.

Coincidentally, the thread just resurfaced for this lens.

Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Image Thread



Nov 02, 2016 at 06:47 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


Craig, I love how you and I dominate the first page of that old thread.


Nov 02, 2016 at 07:04 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


They are being sold off due to the introduction of the PF version. Smaller size and weight, same excellent IQ and has an outlandish price tag...


Nov 02, 2016 at 08:04 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


I've owned the earlier IF (1999) version since I found a used one in 2004. It's sharp; and while the A/F is slower than newer lenses, it's been a very good piece of glass. It's also heavier, but that's never been a show stopper.

While I've given up one stop, it's been largely replaced by my 200-500mm f5.6, because of its versatility.



Nov 02, 2016 at 08:13 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


BSPhotog wrote:
There are at least 5 of these things on the buy/sell right now between $650 and $750. Is it just a coincidence or is there a reason people are dumping their 300 f4s?

I'm not specifically in the market for one, but mostly curious.


Hi Ben. Selling mine because I have a 200-500mm f5.6 and prefer the versatility of the zoom and VR. It's not an easy choice though when it comes down to the $ involved



Nov 02, 2016 at 08:48 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


As stated above, SHARP and fast AF. My wife's favorite lens to tote around in the woods.


Nov 02, 2016 at 11:58 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


I paired mine with the tc 14 and loved the combo.
Upgraded to the 200-500vr for extra reach.
If I ever get the cash I would consider the newer version.



Nov 03, 2016 at 06:35 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Any good? 300mm f/4d IF ED AF-S


My thoughts exactly!

hijazist wrote:
One of my favorite lenses. Not a single negative thing I have to say about this lens, and with their prices going down due to the PF version, it's a no brainer. It plays great with the 1.4 TC and has great macro potential.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1227020/0?keyword=love#11680815




Nov 04, 2016 at 04:18 AM
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