My older 300mm f4 lens is built like a tank and is way more hand-holdable than my 500mm or my 300mm f2.8 VRII, so I'd like to keep it. This older lens has a ring with a knurled knob near the front of the lens to allow autofocus limiting, something that has been replaced on newer Nikon tele lenses with a switch on the side of the lens. That focus limiting feature broke, so I could not focus near or at infinity. Nikon repaired the lens, took about 6 weeks. The first time I used it, same problem. Obviously, I'll send it back to Nikon, but I wonder if anyone else has had the same problem. Am I doing something wrong? I've used the lens on my D7000, D700 and D800. I hope some of you old hands out there have used or can remember this lens and can advise me.
No, I don't use it and used to keep it on full also. Now, however, that ring just turns freely with no stops; i.e, doesn't work as a limiter. The lens itself is a little slow to autofocus, but it's really sharp.
Anybody have any ideas/experience with Nikon? I sent this lens in for repair in October because it would not focus. I got it back just before Christmas and took it on a photo trip 26 December. I was able to take several pictures, then the lens would not focus manually or with AF. Obviously, I sent it back to Nikon. They now claim that there is a dent in my lens hood (certainly wasn't true when I sent it in) and they want another $236.50 in addition to what they charged me a month ago. I think they are looking at somebody else's lens, but there is no way for me to actually speak to a person at the California repair center. I have called their service center - might as well talk to a wall. They show a photograph of the front of a lens with a screw in for filters. My lens does not have that.
Nikon sent me a picture of a dented filter ring. My older lens does not accept filters screwed on the front like a modern 300mm f4; it takes 39mm drop-in filters. There is no place to screw a filter on the front of my lens. Nikon is either confused or being dishonest.
In case it helps to clarify things, there has only been one "screwdriver" AF version of the 300mm f/4 Nikkor, which does have front filter threeads - in 82mm size - as well as a slot for drop-in 39mm filters.
Thank you for that info. I'm pretty sure mine does not have front threads, but I have to admit I am not absolutely certain. Is there a way to check with the serial number, 222026? I bought the lens used and don't have the original manual. Richard
Nikkor serial numbers are not unique to a particular model - as this useful site confirms, both AF 300mm f/4 and the later AF-S 300mm f/4D serials began at 200001, though yours is in the right range for an AF 300mm f/4.
This associated site confirms that there was only one version of the AF 300mm f/4, having 82mm filter threads. If your lens is "screwdriver" AF, I believe it must be one of those.
Well, I learned a sad lesson with this lens. It wouldn't focus correctly and I sent it to Nikon for repair. When they finally returned the lens several months later, it still would not focus correctly. Nikon sent me a FedEx label and I returned the lens to them for re-repair. They then contacted me saying that there was damage to the lens hood and the filter ring, thus voiding the warranty on their repair. Yes, there are front threads for a filter, something I had never noticed because I had no reason to use filters on this lens. For an additional $256 they would repair the lens.
There was no visible damage when I sent them the lens and the damage Nikon found is really quite evident, not something anyone would miss. The damage may have occurred in transit. How could I prove that? What recourse do I have?
Lesson learned: TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR GEAR before shipping it to Nikon!