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Nikon 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR

Review Date: May 21, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image Quality, Sharpness at f/2.8, VR-II, programmable AF buttons and tripod autodetection
Priced higher than Canon's 300mm F2.8L, weight, size.

This is THE motorsports lens to use, hands down no debate about it. The build quality is what you would expect from a $4000 lens and optics is not compromised one bit. The lens is so tack sharp even at f/2.8 and the VR-II is very helpful considering the heavy weight of this lens.

It comes with a carbon fibre hood and overall, the lens is quite hand holdable unfortunately you will most likely need a good manfrotto pan head and tripod to get the best out of this lens.

When mounted on a D300, the viewfinder is BRIGHT and you will notice how well it performs with a D300. No doubt that this lens is probably one of Nikon's finest if not the finest 300mm lens ever produced and even surpassing the Canon's F2.8L. If you don't believe the hype, take a look at some of the sample images here:

The price is the only negative about this lens considering it is priced higher than the Canon's F2.8L. Why I do not see more Nikon in the sports field makes me believe Canon still has a "brand" loyal following - perhaps more so along the lines of sports shooter getting major incentives to shoot Canon at sporting events. I have no doubt that if you are a Canon shooter, having tried out this 300mm, you will not hesistate to come over to the "N" side.

Pictures speak for themselves, so look at the link above and judge for yourself. This lens is money but just like a ferarri, when you pay that much, you expect performance and the 300mm F2.8 VR delivers it.