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17-11-09, 09:28 PM
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Nikon 300mm lenses - anyone got any advice/experience?

Just wondering if anyone could offer me any advice on these lenses? I thought I'd check to see if anyone here had them or had used them at all:

The one I'm thinking most heavily about:
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/300f4afs.htm

The contender:
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/3004af.htm

Soo - which would be best do you think? I think in general I prefer the first, but I'm so hesitant about buying lenses - a bit of advice and thoughts would be very helpful

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17-11-09, 10:46 PM
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Re: Nikon 300mm lenses - anyone got any advice/experience?

afs will probably have better resale value and more modern glass... so I'd be inclined to go with that one too
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02-01-10, 05:28 PM
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Re: Nikon 300mm lenses - anyone got any advice/experience?

i know this thread is quite old but i think it may be useful for othesr too and OP if you havent already bought this.....

i have just bought this lense the other day on ebay and saved myself 350ish ..... (brand new with warranty)

it should be here monday (i hope), tues latest so i can tell you how good/bad it is lol... just saves us all some money tbh as i now know how expensive this hobby is


     
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02-01-10, 05:33 PM
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Re: Nikon 300mm lenses - anyone got any advice/experience?

Excellent - which lens? The afs? I will be very interested to see some results with it!

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02-01-10, 05:36 PM
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Re: Nikon 300mm lenses - anyone got any advice/experience?

well quite honetsly i hope to god ive ordered the right one

gimme 2 mins and i'll find the link and pm it to you

off the same buyer ive also got a UV filter thingy cause i got a b*llocking the other day for cleaning my lense with my jumper :o


beginners eh?!


     
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03-01-10, 07:40 PM
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Re: Nikon 300mm lenses - anyone got any advice/experience?

Looking forward to seeing some of your shots with this lens, you'll have to let us know what it is like to hand hold
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05-01-10, 08:51 PM
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Re: Nikon 300mm lenses - anyone got any advice/experience?

Zoundz - Just a friendly piece of advice concerning the ownership of glass that big, use a sturdy tripod. Anything above a 200mm requires a sturdy mid-grade to heavy duty tripod. I own 3 tripods and the one I use for my 70-300mm Sigma lens is a Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod. It's very hard to hold that big a lens unless you're shooting at high shutter speeds. Good luck on your choice!
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05-01-10, 10:48 PM
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Re: Nikon 300mm lenses - anyone got any advice/experience?

I tend to use my 300 handheld, normally I am shooting nature pictures and require more freedom of movement that a tripod (or even a monopod) offers.
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05-01-10, 11:22 PM
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Re: Nikon 300mm lenses - anyone got any advice/experience?

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I tend to use my 300 handheld, normally I am shooting nature pictures and require more freedom of movement that a tripod (or even a monopod) offers.
Oh that's good news, as I want a longer zoom,and I am allergic to tripods


     
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06-01-10, 11:04 AM
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Re: Nikon 300mm lenses - anyone got any advice/experience?

Thanks Bob - but I have arms like Garth these days! I've been handholding the Bigma for flight shots etc for over a year now, I expect this lens is about the same weight or lighter - I doubt it'd be much heavier - though I haven't checked. I usually shoot with a monopod though
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