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  1. #11
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodyg3 View Post
    It's sharper even with a teleconverter than anything else I could currently afford. I could use VR, though. The PF is just so darned expensive for this retired school teacher.
    Hope you get things sorted out. I understand about the expense of the PF, but man, it's worth every penny. Sharper with TC's than any of my zooms even at half the focal length. And just 2 lbs with the TC. I can throw it over my shoulder and hike for hours. One lens, one body, two TC's. Wildlife photographer's dream.


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  2. #12
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    300mm f/4 AF-s is sick
    Any progress?

    McBains Camera in Edmonton AB has one for sale used for $800 CDN https://www.mcbaincamera.com/used.php
    I looked at buying it. Maybe I should?

    The other thought is re the Tamron 100-400 - looked at that too. Not yet available here, but the Sigma 100-400 one is.
    But then I saw this review. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWucxpomQqc

    Then I thought, I can put the 2x TC on my 70-200 and have a 140mm-400mm 5.6 lens that seems to work fine.
    I've tried it and it works fine. A review of that option here: https://www.slrlounge.com/70-200-f2-...-vs-100-400mm/
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    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  3. #13
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    I got the 300mm f/4 back from APS. They "could not recreate the problem" with focusing but they did fix the play in the base of the lens. Only $60. And, I guess that was the problem the whole time, maybe not making complete electrical contact or something, because it seems to be working great now. I did quite a few test shots and it is good and sharp like the "good old days." We'll see if that continues as I use it, but I got some very sharp birds a couple of days ago.

    Now I have a little buyer's regret for getting the Tamron 100-400.
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  4. #14
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Wow !! If that has fixed the problem that is a great result!! Was looking pretty dire at the start of the thread !!
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  5. #15
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodyg3 View Post
    I got the 300mm f/4 back from APS. They "could not recreate the problem" with focusing but they did fix the play in the base of the lens. Only $60. And, I guess that was the problem the whole time, maybe not making complete electrical contact or something, because it seems to be working great now. I did quite a few test shots and it is good and sharp like the "good old days." We'll see if that continues as I use it, but I got some very sharp birds a couple of days ago.

    Now I have a little buyer's regret for getting the Tamron 100-400.
    But I'm sure you will find a good use for this one.
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    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  6. #16
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodyg3 View Post
    I got the 300mm f/4 back from APS. They "could not recreate the problem" with focusing but they did fix the play in the base of the lens. Only $60. And, I guess that was the problem the whole time, maybe not making complete electrical contact or something, because it seems to be working great now. I did quite a few test shots and it is good and sharp like the "good old days." We'll see if that continues as I use it, but I got some very sharp birds a couple of days ago.

    Now I have a little buyer's regret for getting the Tamron 100-400.
    Glad to hear this, Woody! It's one terrific lens! So have you had the Tamron for over 30 days? No way to return it?
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  7. #17
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Glad to hear this, Woody! It's one terrific lens! So have you had the Tamron for over 30 days? No way to return it?
    I'm going to keep it. The 100-400 will be a nice lens for travel when I don't want to take the bulky 150-600 on the plane with me.
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  8. #18
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodyg3 View Post
    I got the 300mm f/4 back from APS. They "could not recreate the problem" with focusing but they did fix the play in the base of the lens. Only $60. And, I guess that was the problem the whole time, maybe not making complete electrical contact or something, because it seems to be working great now. I did quite a few test shots and it is good and sharp like the "good old days." We'll see if that continues as I use it, but I got some very sharp birds a couple of days ago.

    Now I have a little buyer's regret for getting the Tamron 100-400.
    Cheaper than the regret I have for the Sigma 150-600mm Sport gathering dust in the drawer (loved it for the 2 1/2 months before I found the 300mm f4 pf used). Not worth selling for the occasional times when I go somewhere that I can put it on a tripod with a 1.4x, but those times are few and far between.
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    Jake

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