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

    Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED
    Greetings,

    I have searched for a thread with discussions/images from the Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED but have not found any. I would like to create this thread so we can talk about this Prime offering and share some images that the lens has created.

    I am really enjoying this lens for pet photography and birding.










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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED

    Your lens is a gem, don't ever let go of it. Some reviewers find it sharper than the new 300PF. I used to own the predecessor to your lens, the AF 300/4 and I regret selling it as it also was very sharp and compact lens.

    I've been trying to find the much older AI 300/4.5 ED (non-IF) which is an excellent small tele and a well kept secret, but those are regrettably rare as hen's teeth.

    Nice images, keep shooting and posting them.
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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED

    Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED
    Quote Originally Posted by pforsell View Post
    Your lens is a gem, don't ever let go of it. Some reviewers find it sharper than the new 300PF. I used to own the predecessor to your lens, the AF 300/4 and I regret selling it as it also was very sharp and compact lens.

    I've been trying to find the much older AI 300/4.5 ED (non-IF) which is an excellent small tele and a well kept secret, but those are regrettably rare as hen's teeth.

    Nice images, keep shooting and posting them.
    Hey thanks for responding!

    I must admit the PF would be nice for the size difference, but I am incredibly pleased with the AF-S. I saw a nice copy of the AF variant recently... I'll have to remember where I saw it.

    The AF-S lens has quickly become locked to my D500, I particularly enjoy tight headshots of my woofers and birds. I'll post a few examples from yesterday's shoot with some backyard birds.





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    Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED
    Indeed it's a gem. I coupled it with TC 14eii and got these, ...........I'm quite happy with this combo.Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED-_dsc1792.jpegNikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED-wow_6.jpegNikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED-jm_110.jpegNikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED-jm_111.jpegNikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED-jm_108.jpegNikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED-jm_101_1.jpeg

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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED

    Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED
    I loved the results from this lens but found it too heavy since I'm dealing with trigger finger and trigger thumb. Here are a few photos taken last summer with it. These were from one of the first outings I had with this lens. When the lens is coupled with a Nikon 1.4 teleconverter, the results were amazing. I was very hesitant to upgrade to the PF version because of the sharpness from this lens.

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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED

    I use the 300 AF-S with a 1.4x telecoverter for the bulk of my wildlife shooting. If it had VR I would probably never take it off of my D500.
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    Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED

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    A few example shots from my Emerald Isle trip the past few days.
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    Another example. I'm very tickled with this lens.
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    I used the 300f4 af-s version permanently attached to a tc14eii converter for a few years and found it to be an excellent close quarter birding lens with the addition of it also being a great lens for butterflies and dragonflies with its decent minimum distance focussing of about three and a half feet which gave a good sized image of the average british butterfly or dragonfly with superb sharpness.
    I decided to offload mine as I moved on to a longer focal length for birding and, as there can be a problem with the 300f4 when, if sitting unused for a long time it can develop a squealing noise from its focus motor decided not to risk this happening.
    It really is a great lens but care must be taken when buying used due to the motor squeal if you are unlucky.
    Also, this lens has no rear element so it is advised to check for dust inside the rear of the lens.
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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED

    Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED
    Gave mine ago today



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