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

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Review Date: Jul 20, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,399.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Razor sharp wide open. Performs as well as, if not better than, my Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR. Works just as sharp with Nikon's 1.4 TC. Light weight, solid build, pro glass, no compromises.
Cons:
Tripod collar not as smooth as 70-200 VR when rotating. No rubber seal at lens mount.

For the money, this has to be the best purchase I have made regarding long lenses. I previously used a 1.7 TC with my 70-200 VR and was not satisfied. I also owned and used the Nikon 80-400 VR for a while, but always felt like I wanted sharper, more special pics for my birding photography. I finally decided to get the 300mm f/4 AF-S when I saw it in stock at B&H. I actually ended up buying the import version in the grey/white color since it was the only one in stock. Last weekend I shot some of the best birding photos I have ever shot in terms of sharpness and clarity, and this was while using the 1.4 TC the entire time. You really do get what you pay for.. but I feel like I got a little more. When your other lenses are pro glass, you really can't compromise on your long glass. That's why I finally decided to go for it. For the money, there is no better combo, the 300mm f/4 + Nikon's 1.4 TC ... trust me, I have tried many options, and this is the best.