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

    My favorite lens is sick. It won't focus properly, and I mean it's not even close. I've cleaned the contacts and tried it on three different cameras, both with and without the teleconverter. The poor thing is just ill and needs a doctor.

    It's a grey market, so no Nikon service, but our local repair shop will take a look at it. If it's going to cost too much, though, I can't see spending a ton on an old non-VR lens. Sad.

    Meanwhile, I'm glad I've got the good old Tamzooka 150-600.

    Anyway, if anyone gets ahold of the Tamron 100-400 and has some reports, I'd like to know what you think. That lens could be a consideration in the future.


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

    that sucks mate.
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  3. #3
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Woody, not a good thing. Hope the shop can tweak it and get it going again without charging too much.
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  4. #4
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    I too hope it can be fixed, Woody. I love mine, and wow is it sharp! However, due to its weight, at some point I want to upgrade mine to the latest PF lens. Not sure you will be able to find a comparable zoom that will yield the same sharpness though. It is one amazing lens, that's for sure!
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  5. #5
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    I too hope it can be fixed, Woody. I love mine, and wow is it sharp! However, due to its weight, at some point I want to upgrade mine to the latest PF lens. Not sure you will be able to find a comparable zoom that will yield the same sharpness though. It is one amazing lens, that's for sure!
    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.
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  6. #6
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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.
    I know mine is immensely sharp. One of the sharpest that I own, in fact. So what did you teach?
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    I know mine is immensely sharp. One of the sharpest that I own, in fact. So what did you teach?
    Physical Education. I still coach cross country.
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  8. #8
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Sorry to hear that Woody. Hope they can get her back in working order for you.
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  9. #9
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Any word yet Woody?
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  10. #10
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    Re: 300mm f/4 AF-s is sick

    Local guy can't fix it since Nikon won't sell him parts. I'm shipping to APS today with fingers crossed.
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