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Nikon lens comparison

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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9 Apr 2019 7:48PM
Forget to say would mainly be used for wildlife shots
LenShepherd 11 4.0k 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 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 4.9k 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 10 88
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 10 88
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 10 88
15 Apr 2019 9:44AM
300mm f4+ 2x hand held.110078_1555317865.jpg

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