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  1. #11
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    Re: Nikkor 300 f4

    Quote Originally Posted by bandit993 View Post
    Thanks Hark. I had heard that the older one was possibly sharper but never know if it is the truth or just trying to justify buying or not buying a new lens.
    All 3 primes are extremely sharp with minimal differences between them. I even tried out the first one but ultimately decided I would want a Nikon TC down the road. Plus i have a Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR. The primes are FAR sharper than the zoom - especially because the zoom tends to lose sharpness above 280mm.

    So you would do fine with the 300mm AF-S model. It's roughly the size and weight of the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRii (if you have any idea how that lens feels).


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    Re: Nikkor 300 f4

    Quote Originally Posted by bandit993 View Post
    Thanks Hark. I had heard that the older one was possibly sharper but never know if it is the truth or just trying to justify buying or not buying a new lens.
    Be aware that there are likely variations of sharpness between lenses of the same model. Manufacturing tolerances drive this; without them, none of us would be able to afford a lens.

    I own the 300 f2.8 VR AF-S and it is sharper than I can utilize in some conditions. I make sure it is AF fine tuned to my cameras and use a monopod or tripod when I need to and can. I also have a very old Nikkor 300 f4.5, which is a manual focus lens. It is one of the sharpest lenses I own when I can take the time to carefully focus it. For me, it is absolutely useless for in-motion subjects.

    BTW, what do you plan to primarily shoot with it? That would factor into the determination of whether to buy the lens or the D500.

    WM
    I drive an old car so that I can buy more photo gear.

  3. #13
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    Re: Nikkor 300 f4

    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskeyman View Post
    BTW, what do you plan to primarily shoot with it? That would factor into the determination of whether to buy the lens or the D500.

    WM
    for me it would have been for wildlife where my 150-600 was just to much to carry

  4. #14
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    Re: Nikkor 300 f4

    If you purchase the D500, what lenses will you have to work with?

    WM
    I drive an old car so that I can buy more photo gear.

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    Re: Nikkor 300 f4

    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskeyman View Post
    If you purchase the D500, what lenses will you have to work with?

    WM
    I have sigma 10-20mm F3.5, Nikon 35mm F1.4, Nikon 70-300mm, sigma 150-300mm C

  6. #16
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    Re: Nikkor 300 f4

    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbit View Post
    I have sigma 10-20mm F3.5, Nikon 35mm F1.4, Nikon 70-300mm, sigma 150-300mm C
    That's an interesting arrangement of lenses, with the 70-300 and 150-300, although I'm assuming the Sigma 150-300 is the f/2.8 lens.

    If so, based upon that focal length assortment, I'd spring for the D500 first.

    WM
    I drive an old car so that I can buy more photo gear.

  7. #17
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    Re: Nikkor 300 f4

    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskeyman View Post
    That's an interesting arrangement of lenses, with the 70-300 and 150-300, although I'm assuming the Sigma 150-300 is the f/2.8 lens.

    If so, based upon that focal length assortment, I'd spring for the D500 first.

    WM
    I’ve ordered the D500 THE 150-300, should read 150-600C

  8. #18
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    Re: Nikkor 300 f4

    The D500 is an outstanding body. Although my D850 is my "go-to" body, the D500 also gets a lot of use, especially with my 600mm f/4, when I need some more optical "reach" while doing wildlife photography. Get the grip with a D5 battery and you are all set!
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    8mm f/3.5 AIS, 15mm f/3.5 AIS, 16mm f/2.8 AIS, 18mm f/3.5 AIS, 24mm f/2.8 AIS, 24mm f/2 AIS, 25-50mm f/4 AIS, 28mm f/2 AIS, 35mm f/1.4 AIS, 35-70mm /3.5 AIS, 50mm f/1.8 AIS, 50mm f/1.4 AIS, 50-135mm f/3.5 AIS, 55mm f/2.8 AIS Micro, 85mm f/1.4 AIS ,135mm f/2 AIS, 80-200 f/4 AIS, 105mm f/1.8 AIS, 105mm 2.8 AIS Micro, 180mm f/2.8 AIS, 200mm f/2 AIS, 200mm f/4 Micro AIS, 300mm f/2.8 AIS, 400mm f/2.8 ED IF AIS, 500mm f/8 Reflex, 600mm f/4 ED-IF AIS

  9. #19
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    Re: Nikkor 300 f4

    I just bought a used 300mm af-s F4. It is being shipped today. Should have it in a couple days as it is only a couple hundred miles away, same province. Hope it is as sharp as everyone says. I have a 70-200 f2.8 ans a sigma 150-600C. So should fit nicely in the middle...
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