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    Re: 300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc

    Peter, these aren't going to be quite up to par simply because the AF on this lens is failing similar to how it failed on my 300mm f/4 PF lens. In the past I coupled both of these lenses with my 1.7x TC. Just recently I found out the 1.7x TC isn't supposed to be able to AF with many f/4 lenses. For my lenses, the combo works, but the lenses would hunt quite a bit for subjects in the distance. So I think I've burned out the AF motors. What I can tell you is the sharpness yielded by this refurbished D7100 has been incredible. The sharpness is much better than my D7200 straight out of camera.

    Unfortunately I'm having a little trouble navigating Dropbox. I will have to look into an alternative way to share the full size images. Dropbox isn't allowing me to share the files.


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    Re: 300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Peter, these aren't going to be quite up to par simply because the AF on this lens is failing similar to how it failed on my 300mm f/4 PF lens. In the past I coupled both of these lenses with my 1.7x TC. Just recently I found out the 1.7x TC isn't supposed to be able to AF with many f/4 lenses. For my lenses, the combo works, but the lenses would hunt quite a bit for subjects in the distance. So I think I've burned out the AF motors. What I can tell you is the sharpness yielded by this refurbished D7100 has been incredible. The sharpness is much better than my D7200 straight out of camera.

    Unfortunately I'm having a little trouble navigating Dropbox. I will have to look into an alternative way to share the full size images. Dropbox isn't allowing me to share the files.
    Thanks for trying and all your input. I have been convinced by the responses that this combination will work well. Now the fun starts trying to find a decent copy of the lens and TC. My favoured camera shop in the UK does not have any stock of either. eBay time
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    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc
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    Thanks for trying and all your input. I have been convinced by the responses that this combination will work well. Now the fun starts trying to find a decent copy of the lens and TC. My favoured camera shop in the UK does not have any stock of either. eBay time
    Just make sure you don't wind up with this other version of the 300mm. It is the Nikon 300mm f/4 AF ED. It IS a very sharp lens but is slow to focus. Plus it doesn't work with the Nikon TC's (although it's a budget-friendly lens for those who cannot afford the AF-S version).

    This is the one to avoid:

    https://www.slrlounge.com/oldies-but...00mm-f4-af-ed/

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    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc
    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Just make sure you don't wind up with this other version of the 300mm. It is the Nikon 300mm f/4 AF ED. It IS a very sharp lens but is slow to focus. Plus it doesn't work with the Nikon TC's (although it's a budget-friendly lens for those who cannot afford the AF-S version).

    This is the one to avoid:

    https://www.slrlounge.com/oldies-but...00mm-f4-af-ed/

    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc-300-f4.jpg

    I did come across a thread on this forum where a member had purchased the AF version and was really disappointed with the focus speed. I will definitely be looking for the AF-S version.

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    Re: 300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc

    Peter, I should note that I am talking about the AF-S version of the lens. I don't have experience with the slightly older version.
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    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc
    Peter, here are a few edited images from today with this combo. My TC is the TC 14E ii which I might have mentioned previously. I use shake reduction in Photoshop because I had elbow surgery and am not the best with holding a non-VR lens steady. All of these are cropped quite a bit - vertical crops from images that were shot in horizontal format. A screen shot of the original NEF is first so you can see how much was cropped. All are cropped by about the same amount. I know you said you decided to go with this combo. Just wanted you to see how amazing this lens/TC really is.

    Full size NEF screen shot:
    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc-screen-shot-nef.jpg

    Edited image of the above NEF:

    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc-_dsc2473-low-res.jpg

    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc-_dsc2465-low-res.jpg

    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc-_dsc2444-low-res.jpg
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    Re: 300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc

    nice images Hark
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    Re: 300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc

    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc
    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Peter, here are a few edited images from today with this combo. My TC is the TC 14E ii which I might have mentioned previously. I use shake reduction in Photoshop because I had elbow surgery and am not the best with holding a non-VR lens steady. All of these are cropped quite a bit - vertical crops from images that were shot in horizontal format. A screen shot of the original NEF is first so you can see how much was cropped. All are cropped by about the same amount. I know you said you decided to go with this combo. Just wanted you to see how amazing this lens/TC really is.

    Full size NEF screen shot:
    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc-screen-shot-nef.jpg

    Edited image of the above NEF:

    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc-_dsc2473-low-res.jpg

    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc-_dsc2465-low-res.jpg

    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc-_dsc2444-low-res.jpg
    Thanks again Cindy, they look great!
    I have recently purchased this lens and expecting delivery this Saturday.
    Can’t wait to get shooting with it.
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    Re: 300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter7100 View Post
    Thanks again Cindy, they look great!
    I have recently purchased this lens and expecting delivery this Saturday.
    Can’t wait to get shooting with it.
    It's an incredibly sharp lens! Good luck with yours.
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    300mm f4 IF-ED with 1.4 tc
    My 300 has arrived and I was out putting it through its paces this morning. Really like the lens but I have a lot of learning on bird photography to get anywhere near the standard you guys and girls produce with your stunning images. Anyway here is a few from first attempts.

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