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NikonTelephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens
 
4.7

(based on 188 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (147)
  • Strong construction (127)
  • Consistent output (113)
  • Durable (96)
  • Rugged (82)

Cons

  • Heavy (34)
  • Poor in low light (18)
  • Slow focus (10)
  • No VR (5)
  • Difficult to clean (4)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (134)
  • Sports/action (98)
  • Landscape/scenery (51)
  • Macro photography (30)
  • Wildlife (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (93), Semi-pro photographer (43), Enthusiast (19), Pro photographer (14), Semi-professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (136), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Transformational lens

I am addressing this review to amateur photographers who are passionate about their hobby, and find themselves wanting better image quality and sharpness than zoom telephotos can deliver.

Igniting my passion for...Read complete review

I am addressing this review to amateur photographers who are passionate about their hobby, and find themselves wanting better image quality and sharpness than zoom telephotos can deliver.

Igniting my passion for wildlife and bird photography, this lens has helped me move to professional status from serious amateur in less than a year. I've since moved to the remarkable Nikon 300mm f/2.8, but will be probably the f/4's biggest fan forever.

Before I had the 300mm f/4, I was using the Nikon 80-400 and the 28-300. These lenses delivered images that were just adequate, and often not even that. As I grew as a photographer, and as my eye for what was acceptable became more discriminating, I needed something better, yet affordable.

Pairing the 300 f/4 to the Nikon 1.7TC in strong light opened my world unbelievably - the 300 f/4 became my go-to lens - with it, I perfected my ability to capture birds on the fly. I highly recommend this lens for image quality, sharpness, portability, simplicity and value.

Couple of "good-to-knows" - the lens hood is built in (a convenience) and slides to open and back to close. There are subtle mechanisms for securing it open and closed, and requires care so as not to "strip" these. Also, as you add teleconverters, you need more light and the AF slows - trade-offs for more reach.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sharp images, but Autofocus is too slow

Once it focuses, this lens produces a nice, sharp image. However, if you plan on using this lens to follow wildlife or athletes, you may have more success using manual focus than...Read complete review

Once it focuses, this lens produces a nice, sharp image. However, if you plan on using this lens to follow wildlife or athletes, you may have more success using manual focus than relying on the auto. The autofocus system in this lens relegates the use of this lens to taking shots of my 7 year old's football games or my 4 year old playing in the back yard. For stationary or relatively easy subjects to track, this lens is excellent. For quick tracking, you will need a faster autofocus.

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5.0

Should have bought this sooner

By TLa

from SoCal

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

    I use this lens with a D5200 for shooting birds. I had been using the Nikkor 70-300mm VR previously. Wow, what a difference, and I'm not just talking about the price. The 300mm focuses faster, gets sharper pictures. The color and constrast seem to be better. With a Kenko 1.4x TC attached, tracking BIF can be problematic but image quality is still very high for stationary or slow moving objects. The lens is solidly built but it's not so heavy that it can't be shot handheld. This lens has no VR but I knew that going in so it's not an issue so far. All things considered, this lens has met or exceeded all my expectations. I'm very happy I bought this lens.

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    5.0

    Sharp, Fast, Amazing

    By eso_photo

    from Southern California

    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

    Aside from the smallish tripod collar I have no complains. I had expected it to be heavier but was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to handhold, but that could be a subjective observation. For less than 200fps shutter, give or take, I suggest a tripod or monopod.

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    5.0

    Very sharp

    By Joseph the glass shooter

    from Houston Texas

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

      I bought a converter that makes it a 450mm and shoot birds wildlife about anything

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      4.0

      Super sharp lense in good light conditio

      By EdwardLey

      from Panamá

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

      I bought the Nikon 300mm f4 a couple of months ago and really like the results i´m using it with de TC-14eII and have to admit that in good light conditions this combination rules, most of the time taking pics of nature and wild life, no so heavy, very sharp lense absolutely recommend it, thanks Nikon!!!

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      5.0

      Wow

      By T Hostetter Photography

      from Virginia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

        Super sharp, quick focus. Great for wildlife. Bought this lens because of the great reviews on B & H. I must say I was not disappointed. I can not say enough about how happy I am. The lack of VR has not been a problem for me. I am using lens with the d7100, they make a great match. This is now my favorite lens !!!

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        5.0

        Amazing chunk of glass

        By the Steve

        from Livermore, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

        I bought this for wildlife photography. I took it out and got some nice water bird shots just before sunset. I used it with a Nikon TC-14E II 1.4x Teleconverter and the photos were great.

        The focus is fast and the pictures are amazingly sharp. The balance is fairly good at the tripod mount on the lens.

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        5.0

        Outstanding and affordable nature lens

        By Leonardo

        from Kansas City, KS

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

          I have owned two copies of this lens. It is exceptionally sharp, has great contrast and bokeh, and handles teleconverters very well. It is also an excellent close-up lens, so is a good general purpose nature lens. I call it affordable because stepping up to a 300 mm f2.8 would cost quite a bit more money.

          Although not a lightweight lens, it is easy to shoot hand-held. It has no VR, but fast autofocus. I do not miss the VR, which would probably drive up the weight and certainly the cost.

          I tried replacing this lens with a 70-200 mm VRI (on a DX camera) and teleconverters, hoping for greater versatility. This was a costly mistake, as I could not get the same image quality at either long or close distances.

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          5.0

          BIG BANG

          By David-eye

          from Texas Hill Country

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Sharp
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

          Big, heavy, long…amazing! This telephoto lens is very sharp and the auto-focus is spot on. It is excellent for the classic reasons that you buy such a lens, such as wildlife and sports, but also performs well, as seen in the attached pic #1 as a candid portrait lens (note the creamy bokeh), and as seen in pic #2 when want to get up close, but keep your distance. I have also used it with the Canon 77mm 500D Close-up lens for terrific macro shots. Use it with a monopod and save your strength.

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          5.0

          Awesome lens!

          By JimB1979

          from Ethridge, TN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

            I use this lens primarily to shoot wildlife and absolutely love it. I had a 80-400mm that was good but the sharpness and clarity of this lens just blows the previous lens away. It's not too heavy to carry and I almost exclusively shoot hand held.
            Would highly recommend this lens.

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            5.0

            Awesome Lens

            By AtlNikonShooter

            from Atlanta GA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction
            • Super sharp
            • Very close focus distance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

              This is is fantastic. Super sharp and image quality is great. Very easy to hand hold and walk around with. I love that it will focus as close a five feet. It's almost like having a macro built in.

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              4.0

              Great lens, especially on a tripod

              By LDH

              from Alabama

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Difficult to Clean
              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

              I love this lens! It focuses quickly on AF, is tack sharp, and works very well with the Nikon TC-14E II 1.4x Teleconverter. I've gotten some nice detailed close-ups of birds. I'm also pleased with the quality. The lack of VR hasn't been an issue at all since I usually shoot at higher shutter speeds or use a tripod. I don't like the open end that connects with the camera since it has no glass there and would be very hard to clean, so I leave the teleconverter attached most of the time for protection. Overall, I am very satisfied - a lot of quality for the money.

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              5.0

              Great Value for 300 mm prime lens

              By John

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                Overall, I am very please with this lens. Images are very sharp even when used with the TC-14E teleconverter which gives you an inexpensive 420 mm f5.6 prime lens. I even attempted to use the lens with the TC-20E III teleconverter, but I could only get the AF to work outdoors on a D800. When the AF does work it is only with the center AF sensor. Picture quality was decent at 600 mm, but not a good at either 420 mm or 300 mm. Might consider the 300 mm f2.8 as a means of getting to 600 mm with better AF capability, but first I want to see how often I need the extra reach before I spend almost 6K on a lens.

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                5.0

                Great Lens very sharp and quick AF

                By Chris

                from NJ, USA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  Used for bird photography so far. Works great captures birds in flight efficiently with quick auto focus. Very sharp and good contrast.

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                  5.0

                  Better for birds

                  By Just Jim

                  from Rochester, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Cost
                  • Hand Held Ok
                  • Light For Big Lens
                  • No Vr Not A Problem
                  • Sturdy Tripod Shoe
                  • Very Sharp

                  Cons

                  • Af Clunks
                  • Af Hunts In C Mode
                  • Biggest Lens I Own

                  Best Uses

                  • Birds and Wildlife
                  • With Full-frame Camera

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  I use this lens with a D700 to photograph small birds fairly close up. When I first tried shooting birds, I used my only long lens: a 28-300 Nikon zoom. While it's a good lens for many things, the 300mm normal lens is noticeably sharper. And at high speeds, its shaper hand-held without VR than the 28-300 zoom is WITH VR. I also like the built-in flash shield. Although the lens seems large to me (this is my first big lens), it is quite light, and not really too tiring to hold. The tripod mount I think is quite sturdy as well, although I really haven't used a lens before which needs one. The only negative is that the AF is somewhat clunky, and sometimes wants to hunt in continuous focus mode. I have also tried this lens on a DX camera (D7000), and it becomes a virtual 450mm lens! Wow. I shoot RAW with the full-frame, and JPEG fine/large with the crop-frame. The results to me seem indistinguishable. But I've only been shooting about 8 years.

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                  4.0

                  Excellent for the price

                  By jgsolo32

                  from san jose

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Collar Suspect
                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  I've done extensive reviewal of this lens and have come to the conclusion that based on the price value content, you can't go wrong. The 15 to 30 shutter speed area may be sketchy and one must be creative to use this parameter, but otherwise this is a great lens to have without spending thousands upon thousands of dollars. For me it works! Most importantly is the collar that I'd like to talk about. I think if you can work around the flex and movement of the collar, then you'll be fine. But, if you find a stronger collar is necessary then the Kirk REPL. LENS COLLR f/NIKON 300mm f/4 AFS is what you need. That being said, I love the lens and coupled with my Kenko 1.7, BAM!!!!!! Cuz I'm Happeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! Chow!

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding picture quality

                  By PCB

                  from Elora , TN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  Started this hobby about a year ago. In the short time I have used this lens(about a month), it has not been off a camera. Swapped between D90 and D800e always produces wonderful output.

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                  4.0

                  Great prime lens for the money

                  By mpender

                  from star prairie, wi

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  I've been wanting a 300mm prime for quite some time, but couldn't justify the cost. This fit my needs perfectly. The only negative is no VR. I have used it almost daily and taking the advice from other users, taking multiple shots, I've hardly noticed the VR missing. It's a great lens for the money.

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                  5.0

                  Sharp images

                  By Betty's Nephew

                  from Cedar Rapids,IA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                    Have used this for imaging eagles on the Mississippi River. I appreciate the quick focus and sharp images it produces. It would be nice to have another f stop, but it wasn't in my budget.

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                    5.0

                    BUY THIS LENS!!!

                    By Cindy

                    from Northern California, Sierra Foothills

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                      I do nature photography, primarily birds, and this lens with a 1.4x TC is THE lens for me. I'm using a D7000, which I also love, and I tried a couple of third party long zooms and my shots were overall dingy in appearance and still a bit soft. I read lots of reviews on B&H and reviews elsewhere by professional photographers and thought I'd try this 300. This lens is crazy sharp, and it seems to let more light in. I get bright, saturated shots where every feather and detail is captured. I don't know if it's the difference between Nikon and third party lens, or prime lens and zoom, but this lens is amazing. VR would be nice, but the other reviews are spot on--if I keep my shutter speeds above the focal length my shots are sharply in focus, often even in lower light. I use it on a monopod and haven't tried hand held yet in terms of focus. With the 1.4x TC AF is still fast, and it's a quiet lens. The tripod collar seems just fine to me.

                      Stop thinking about it and buy this lens. You'll be glad you did.

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                      4.0

                      Nikon 300 f4

                      By Chris

                      from New York,N.Y.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                        wanted to get this before they updated it ( and raised the price )I bought the Kirk lens collar to replace the Nikon.

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