Tue 13-Aug-13 05:58 AM | edited Tue 13-Aug-13 06:00 AM by mpage
I considering selling my Nikon 300mm f/4 ED lens and getting the Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S lens. The older 300mm f/4 was produced late in the production run judging by the serial number, and it is in mint condition. I can probably get around $600 or more for the old lens.
My only concern is that the 300mm f/4 AF-S has been around for 13 years. It may not be long before Nikon updates this lens to a VR and G version.
A lot of people expect that lens to be updated soon, but nobody knows for sure. And some of the updates people expected over the years took a lot longer than anyone would have predicted (such as the 80-400). So I wouldn't pin my decision on that.
Then there's the question of what the update might bring. Certainly it would have VR. Maybe slightly better optics, but the current design has very good optics to begin with. I doubt autofocus performance would be notably better because, again, the current design is pretty darn good in that area, and I don't see that newer designs of other AF-S lenses are all that much improved in AF.
So, really, the big difference is likely to be VR. Is that important enough to you to wait for it? Consider, too, that given recent history, any updated model is likely to be priced substantially higher than the current one.
Thanks for information. Jon's comments gave me a lot to think about before I make a decision. David's comment on the 80-400mm is also interesting. But why is the G version of this lens $1,000 more than the D version, $1,700 compared to $2,700?
> why is the G version of this lens $1,000 more than the D version, $1,700 compared to $2,700?
A number of reasons, in my opinion:
- better optics, although not *drastically* better - MUCH faster focusing (AFS, rather than screwdriver, as well as an optical formula designed for fast focusing) - nano-crystal coating - better VR (the D was the very first VR lens) - because they can. All lenses in the category have gone up in price, considerably, including those from other vendors.
This is one of the main reasons that I think that any new 300/f4 AFS VR, if it shows up, will cost $2000.
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The current 300/4 AFS is a superb lens. I never missed VR since with this lens, I shoot moving subjects like wildlife for which VR has little value, in fact at the shutter speeds I use (1/1000s and shorter), VR would actually hurt. But your use may be different of course. When Nikon updates it with VR, the price will likely also jump to $2600 or so, and the size and weight will also go up, not to mention adding another system (VR) that can fail. I certainly will not replace mine.