Nikon Rumors posted this today. Patent application for a 300f/4 with VR. Shorter than the current version with a "diffraction surface". At least they're thinking about it. I have the current version and it's probably my favorite lens, so if the new version does come out it'll have to be really good for me to consider it.
I agree, it sounds like a very appealing lens. However, it appears to be a diffractive optic, to use Canon's term. I looked up those lenses and they are 2-3x the price of otherwise equivalent lenses in their line. For example their 70-300 DO is $1400, and the 400/f4 DO is $6k. Hopefully the 300/f4 AFS VR "DO" would be less than $2500, but I'm not counting those chickens yet...
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The Canon 400mm f4 DO lens is the only Canon lens I own. I use it on a 1.6X 50D body for birding. I've had it since 2007. It is a very small and very light lens for a 400mm and it has image stabilization. It is also quite sharp but not as good as the Nikon AF-I 400mm f2.8 lens I had at the time. I traded the Nikon 400mm because of it's weight. If Nikon had anything close to the Canon at the time I would have bought the Nikon. I bought it new for $5299.99 from my local dealer. He had a used one for much cheaper but it was an early model that had poor contrast when I tested it at the store.
I would certainly be interested in a new Nikon 300mm f4 VR lens but not if it carried the price penalty of Diffractive Optics.
I've got the current version which is a very capable lens. There's no mention of VR, but not sure I really need VR as I usually use it on a tripod or hand hold at high shutter speeds. Will take a look if it materialises, but it will have to be something really special to tempt me away from my current AF-S version
I don't really need VR in this lens, as I shoot only moving subjects with it and use high shutter speeds anyway. Perhaps they'll improve some other aspects of this lens, but it will be hard to imagine as the current lens is simply stellar. VR just add one more system that can break, or even degrade the image when used improperly. The VR on my 70-200 is almost always off for the same reasons. Just with my longest lens (500/4) I use VR occasionally when I've been hand holding it too long and the viewfinder image gets so shaky that I can't see anything anymore...
Mon 06-Aug-12 01:00 AM | edited Mon 06-Aug-12 01:02 AM by torwood
I'd love to see this be true. A lot of pros might upgrade to the VR lens,...and then there would be more AFS 300 f4's available used. When I finally get one, it will be almost exclusively for sports, so VR is of no use for me. VR is almost always off on my AFS70-300 VR. I'd love to pickup a used one, but there are virtually no used copies of this lens - and the ones you can find are virtually the same price as a new copy.
I don't need VR on this lens. I use it either on a tripod or hand held at high ss for sports. If the DO is going to mean a significant price hike then my interest goes to near zero. I think the current version is one of the best values in Nikon's arsenal at about $1400 with USA warranty. The sharpness and IQ are fantastic.
I agree John. The advantages of VR are not enough for me to swop due to my high shutter speeds. We shall see, personally I would prefer to see them concentrate on a replacement 80-400 with faster focus speed.
I would love to see this VR version too. I used to have the older version, the AF one. The image quality is great but it is hard for me without tripod or monopod. Just hope the price doesn't jump too much.
>The 300 f/4 without VR is a very well priced lens for the >speed and quality. >For Nikon, a real bargain! > >The new one would have to offer a whole lot more, at a very >good price, to tempt me, and I'll bet it will cost at least >twice as much in the new version, >when, and if, it comes out.
I believe it's only a patent and paperwork exercise at present, so timing is anybodies guess. As for price, well who knows, but on the basis that Nikon usually come in at what appears to often be overpriced my betting is there would be little change from £2000 ($3000). It's all conjecture until it becomes reality. I think they'll upgrade the 80-400mm before the 300mm f4
I love the 300 afs f4. Try it with the TC14II for close up work. Agree that it's one of Nikon's bargain lenses. VR would be nice, but if it's pricey, I hope they also keep the current version in the lineup.