I was almost going to sell my Sigma 150-500 and get the Nikon 300mm AF-S f/4, then I noticed it does not have VR. Most of my shooting is hand held and the 300 f/2.8 is out of my price range. Do you think the 300mm AF-S f/4 will ever be updated?
We waited a long time for a 80-400 update and the updated lens is said to be awesome. I do think we will get a VR 300 f/4 at some point. I too have the Sigma 150-500 and while it covers alot of range I'm sure I'd prefer a VR 300 and tc's to the Sigma.
>I am waiting for a 400 f4 or f5.6. A 300 f4 with VR would do >for now. > I think that Nikon would say that they have already given us a 400 f4 and a 5.6 as well, in the form of the 200-400 f4 and 80-400 f4-5.6 zooms.
Who knows when! However, it would make little difference to me and suspect other bird photographers as the speeds are often higher than needed for any optical stabilization. Where low speeds are required I use a tripod anyway. I use a Sigma 50-500mm OS and the 300mm AF-S f4, the OS on my Sigma when taking fast moving images is always off due the high shutter speeds.
I think VR is really the territory of the low light, therefore slow speed shooter. Of course there are always circumstances outside that where VR is required.
All I can say is that it may be long in the tooth, but what a great lens it is for all that
I am sure that eventually Nikon will update the 300mm f/4 to include VR. I am also sure that when it is introduced, it will be priced higher than the current model. Only Nikon knows when the updated lens will be introduced. It could be tomorrow or several years away.
If you go by history: The AiS version had a production run of 18 years. The AF version had a production run of 13 years. The current AF-S version has been in production since August of 2000 approaching 13 years.
Perhaps there is no urgency to replace it! After all the now old 80-400mm VR AF-D was a greater target because of Canon's 100-400mm IS. If competition is a reason for upgrading a lens, then I feel that the 300mm f4 is at the lower end of it. My calculations from the lens database appears to show that the 80-400mm sold around 189,000 units to date, whereas the 300mm f4 AF-S sold only 40,800. That low figure for the 300mm f4 surprised me too!
Perhaps they will bring out a new lens, but I guess they have much more in the pipeline before that. My research shows that the Canon's 300mm f4 IS was released in 1997 which surprised me greatly. If that's the case one would think Nikon would have moved by now!
If my Canon dateline is incorrect I will willingly stand corrected