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Nikon 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S Nikkor

1909NAS_180
Review Date: Apr 2, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,000.00

 
Pros: Sharp, fast focusing, close minimum focusing distance, lightweight compared to the f2.8 version, works great with the TC-14EII
Cons:
Abominable tripod collar; get the Kirk replacement collar! No Vibration Reduction

I would recommend this lens, but if you do get one, plan on spending another $150 for the Kirk replacement collar. I know it's ridiculous to have to spend more money on an expensive lens just to get decent support but at least you're aware of it before you buy. The Kirk collar is vastly superior to Nikon's collar in every way. Other than the collar, the lens has all the qualities of a superior optic: sharp, fast focusing, and a close minimum focusing distance. With a minimum focusing distance of only 4.8 ft, this lens could easily double as a macro lens especially if you add a Canon 500D into the equation. Did I mention how sharp it is? Smile

 
Nikon 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S Nikkor

1909NAS_180
Review Date: Apr 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast focusing, close minimum focusing distance, lightweight compared to the f2.8 version, works great with the TC-14EII
Cons:
Abominable tripod collar; get the kirk replacement collar! No Vibration Reduction

I would highly recommend this lens, but if you purchase one, plan on spending another $150 on the Kirk replacement tripod collar. I know it's ridiculous to have to spend more money on an expensive lens just to get decent support but such is life. The Kirk collar is vastly superior to the one Nikon supplies in everyway. With the replacement collar, I would easily give this lens a 10 rating. Other than the tripod collar, this lens has all the qualities of a stellar optic: sharp, fast focusing, and close minimum focusing distance. With it's minimum focusing distance of only 4.8ft, this lens could easily double as a macro lens, especially if you add a Canon 500D into the equation. Did I mention it was sharp? Smile