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Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-IF ED : Specifications and Opinions


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The Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-IF ED is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1987 to 2000 (discontinued). The focus is done by In-camera AF motor, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 380 €;
31 users have given it an average vote of 8.9 out of 10.


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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   300 mm
 Angle of view   8.3°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   8 elements in 6 groups
 Min. focus distance   2.5 meters
 Reproduction ratio  

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   In-camera AF motor
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   No

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   39 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   1330 g
 Dimensions   89 x 219 mm
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avatarsenior
sent on June 30, 2019

Pros: ??? Looks cool and can be used as a self defense tool.

Cons: Practically everything: too heavy, too dark,too soft. And too expensive (back then).

Opinion: I had this lense and hardly ever used it. It was too big and heavy to carry around. It was too cumbersome to handle. It was front heavy even with my big bodies and on a heavy Manfrotto tripod with heavy frotto head. I would never buy something like this again. It was ridculously expensive (if we compare to 300mm options available today, also from nikon). We grow making mistakes, mine were many and some were expensive.

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avatarjunior
sent on September 14, 2019

Pros: robustness, optical quality, integrated lampshade, bokeh

Cons: non-removable tripod bracket, weight/clutter

Opinion: In my opinion it is one of those optics that can not be missing in the backpack of the evolved amateur. I had 3: when I got tired of the weight and clutter I sold it, then wept crocodile tears and bought it back immediately. Compared to its descendants it pays in weight, clutter and infinity AF, but offers goodies not a little, such as the 39mm filter slot, the telescopic lampshade and the most practical fire limiter that Nikon has ever been able to give birth to, thanks to the blocking screw that offers a unexpectedly comfortable. From an optical point of view there is little to say. The homogeneity of the yield on the entire frame is legendary, and only at f/4 is a soft hair. The colors are neutral and do not fear the backlight (probably thanks to the limited number of air/glass interfaces and the inner lining of the barrel); I must say that on this point some judgments are conflicting, but as I have written, I have owned 3, and I do not remember ever having problems with contrast drop or flares. The bokeh is also very neutral, with extremely homogeneous light point yields. Last not least, the price of the used: the last one I paid for 260 euros (2019).

avatarsenior
sent on June 06, 2019

Pros: Construction, bokeh, current price..

Cons: Af some chromatic aberration easily solvable in post

Opinion: Imported from Japan as a lens not very common currently in Italy.. The fuzzy is fantastic and the construction is flawless Nikon old style. I use it on Nikon D7100 and despite the dense sensor is still a sharp lens even if in my opinion from the best of SE on FF 24mpx.. The absence of stabiliser forces rapid shots 1/640 1/800 pushing the ISO at the top. As defects, being an AF-D, has the autofocus noisy and not comparable to the speed of current AF-s (although I think it depends on the machine used) on d7100 is not even very precise, although the focus limiter helps a lot... however recommended at prices below 400 euros, above is the AFS (€650) with the advantages of autofocus although probably the blur is lower.

avatarjunior
sent on October 14, 2018

Pros: construction, Current price used, bokeh, sharpness,

Cons: Maybe the weight but it's also part of the quality

Opinion: Taken used for only 300 euros, deserves everything that costs and even more. I use it on d810 where it does not make me feel the lack of the engine in Optics. Engages the subjects well and the AFC works well, for Fauna (no Birdlife) You can also use at 1/320 freehand without feeling the lack of VR. Slightly slow to go from 1 to infinity but if you know what you want to photograph is not a problem. Absolutely recommended if you do not want to spend high digits for the new PF.

avatarjunior
sent on September 02, 2018

Pros: High-level construction, aesthetics, integrated lens hood, natural colors, sharpness

Cons: There are no cons is a optics of the 1987, which works well also on modern DSLRs

Opinion: Use with great satisfaction this lens especially for sports photography (cars and motorcycles) excellent sharpness already at full aperture, which further improves from f/5.6, and natural colors are the strengths of this lens, well built and made in Japan... Only glass and metal, autofocus accurate and fast enough, very comfortable the lens hood integrated. The price of this used lens is very low, but the performance is high... Obviously it requires rapid shutter speeds for the lack of VR. Recommended purchase




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