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

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Review Date: Jun 4, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp wide open, AF very accurate and fast.
Cons:
None

I got this lens because the Sigma 100-300mm wasn't pleasing enough me at the long end of the lens.
The Sigma was a really hit or miss lens with very inaccurate AF, the Nikon prime really is an eye opener for me.

With this Nikon lens my keepersrate is 80% and with the Sigma it was like.. 15%-20%... very disapointing.

The Nikon prime is better lens in every aspect. Do not believe the reviews saying that the Sigma is on par with the Nikons IQ. It really is not, especially not at 300mm or 420mm!
I can crop a lot with this lens and i still get extremely sharp images, this couldn't be said for the Sigma 100-300mm.


 
Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX IF HSM APO

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Review Date: Jun 4, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Constant aperture, very sharp at 100mm-250mm, pretty sharp to sharp at 251-300mm, very well build, fast and takes a 1,4tc pretty good.
Cons:
Hit or miss lens, don't crop with this lens!

When i bought this lens i was really happy with it. Very fast zoom lens and capable of delivering sharp to very sharp images.

The main problem i encountered, was that you really have to be close to your subject. Distances further than 8 meters and the images starting to get soft. This problem was even worse with the 1,4tc on it.

This was the main reason to sell the lens and buy a prime.
Bought the Nikon 300mm F4 AF-S and this baby is way better in every aspect! And i really was a Sigma fan...