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Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Nikkor

1933NAS_180
Review Date: May 25, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Mystifying Bokeh
Cons:
Screwdriver autofocus

Without a doubt, this is the best portrait lens I've ever used. I also love it for indoor sports such as volleyball or basketball.

 
Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x AF-S

17E
Review Date: Sep 5, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $349.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great build & image quality
Cons:
pricey

Bought this teleconverter in June 2008 to use with my 300f4 AFS Nikkor. Fantastic combo. Autofocus works well with adequate daylight. Image quality is quite good.

I chose the grey market offering due to the $75 price difference.


 
Nikon 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S Nikkor

1909NAS_180
Review Date: Sep 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very Sharp, Lightweight, Reasonable Cost
Cons:
Tripod Collar issues,

The lens is unbelievably sharp. I use it for Airshows, sports (baseball, softball, & soccer), wildlife & macros.

The lens is relatively lightweight - a little larger in barrel diameter than its non-AFS predecessor.

The only complaint that I have is the tripod mount. It is awkward to tighten due to the small screw size. This means that you cannot quickly shift from vertical to horizontal when mounted on a tripod. For a complete rundown on the tripod collar issues see the review on Bjorn's website:
www.naturfotograf.com

Bottom line - I love this lens. My overall rating would be 10 if only Nikon had given us a tripod collar like the non-AFS 300 f4 previous version came with.