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Keywords: Nikon Nikkor Tele Prime 35mm AF-S VR II Stabilized


Registered: July 2012
Posts: 5
Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II Nikkor review by thejohnz
Review Date: 12/2/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $4,600.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp,sharp,sharp
Cons: Heavy

I purchased this lens hoping it would live up to its excellent reputation. After returning from South Africa I can say that this lens was more than I could have hoped for.

It is heavy but can be handheld which is how I mostly used it. On the D800 it clearly out resolved the sensor from F2.8 through F11. I was able to get excellent photos even when I cropped them down to 4mp! It is like having a 900mm lens!

The images are stunning and 3D in appearance. Wonderful bokeh and great contrast.

If you want images like the pros then this is a must have lens. Nikon has other great tele photos such as the 400 F2.8 but at 10# the weight is just too much for hand held use.

Registered: December 2010
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Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II Nikkor review by KirkL
Review Date: 7/13/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $5,300.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, lack of distortion, low CAs, fast AF, weather sealing, rugged build quality, fully functional case, state-of-the-art VR
Cons: Price, weight, expensive drop-in polarizer not included

After struggling to get good zoo animal and large bird photos with the Nikkor 300mm f/4 AF-S and the Canon 400mm f/5.6L, I finally caved and bought this lens. The quality of both the output and the construction are astonishing. My sample is as sharp wide open as the 300mm f/4 was stopped all the way down to f/9, and it leaves the peak sharpness of the 400mm f/5.6L at any aperture far behind even with a Nikon 1.4x TC added. Center sharpness is first rate from f/2.8 all the way to f/9, and the edges catch up from f/4 to f/9. Now instead of getting recognizable backgrounds I'm seeing bokeh that can only be described as dream-like; with subjects appearing to float on air against a back-drop of swirling color. The focusing speed is so fast that it is easy to keep to the lowest ISO settings in all but dim light or a stiff wind. And the soft-sided carrying case enables transport with a camera attached. What a relief!

BTW, claims have been made that none of the long Nikkor pro lenses produce sharp images of distant subjects. That has not been my experience with this model. I did test shots with the TC-14E II of small signage on the side of a rec center that is 1200 feet away through a dirty window and could still easily read “Not responsible for lost or stolen articles.” Now that’s a lens worth having!


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