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Nikon lens comparison

Willcatman New Member
9 Apr 2019 7:47PM
Hi, I'm having trouble deciding which of these lenses to add to my kit. Nikon AF-S VR1 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED OR Nikon 300mm f4E PF ED VR AF-S Lens. They would be used with a Nikon D850. Does anyone have an opinion on which gives the better image quality . TIA

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Willcatman New Member
9 Apr 2019 7:48PM
Forget to say would mainly be used for wildlife shots
LenShepherd 11 3.9k United Kingdom
9 Apr 2019 9:04PM
I am speculating you are considering the f2.8 second hand and the f4 new.

They are both very high resolving lenses.

I own both lenses - my feedback is it depends on how you intend using your lens.

Nikon's MTF show the PF at f4 at f4 as marginally ahead of the f2.8 at f2.8 https://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/f-mount/ Nikon only provides full aperture MTF Sad

The f2.8 is a relatively old 2005 introduction - the PF is 2015.

The f2.8 does not have fluorine coating - the PF does.

The f2.8 has up to 3 stops VR - the PF has up to 4.5 stops.

The f4 has moderately faster and quieter AF.

The f4 is close to one quarter of the weight of the f4 - about 3.25 pounds difference. Working from a vehicle the difference is not important; back packing an extra 3 pounds plus is a lot.

The f4 takes a 77mm screw in pol. The slot in pol for the f2.8 seems no longer listed by Nikon UK.

The f2.8 has a good permanently attached tripod collar with 2 quarter inch threads for a long QR plate with 2 screws. The f4 comes without a tripod collar - about 200 from Nikon or about 20 for an OK Chinese version.

The PF is easily hand holdable on DX with a TC 14 E for semi macro insect shots.
peterjones 17 4.8k 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2019 6:12PM
I use my 300mm f4E PF ED VR AF-S for taking lots of pictures with my D850; both the lens and the camera make a formidable combination for wildlife; btw using the 1.4 teleconverter in practice reduces image quality very insignificantly; the massive sensor size within the D850 means you can crop like mad and still retain a sizeable file; if you enjoy taking images of birds in flight the lens is light enough to react very quickly.

Here's one of mine using my D850 + 300mm + 1.4:


Good luck with your choice!
Outlander 9 86
15 Apr 2019 9:11AM
Go for the 300 f4, i use it with the D850 and the D500,its a little corker of a lens and the amount of detail it resolves is astonishing.
Just for a bit of fun i put a 2x converter to see how much detail i could get.
pic 1 my back yard looking to a barcode on a sat dish 24-70 at around 50mm
pic 2 one can read the barcode if you zoom in
Ok you will lose some focus point and the autofocus is slower and hunts a bit in poor light with the 2x converter, but with the 1.4 its a cracking little combo.

300f4+2x converter110078_1555315574.jpg


review here by Richard Peters
Outlander 9 86
15 Apr 2019 9:34AM
Two more shots here
one with the 300 f 2.8+ 1.4110078_1555317165.jpg


one with the 300 f4 +1.4 converter
Outlander 9 86
15 Apr 2019 9:44AM
300mm f4+ 2x hand held.110078_1555317865.jpg

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