I bought a second hand AF Nikon 300mm F4, the only description on the lens barrel is:
AF NIKKOR 300mm 1:4
I do not know which year this lens was made, is this lens D compatible? If not, what will the effect be? I have a Nikon F80.
#1. "RE: D Compatibility" | In response to Reply # 0f5fstop Basic MemberMon 18-Sep-00 06:00 PM
As a rule, if it was a "D" (for distance) lens the "D" would be immediately after the F4, so it would appear as F4D. The "ED" means Extra-low Dispersion glass is used in the lens.
On "D" lenses, a chip inside the lens signals the camera with the distance to the primary focused subject. In most conditions, this will not make a difference that you can see. For flash operation, the information, or lack of distance information is more likely to be noticeable. However, with a 300mm lens, I don't imagine you will be using a flash too often.
Also, it depends on the camera being used. Not all Nikon bodies can use the distance information from the lens.
"Take only photographs, leave only footprints"
#2. "RE: D Compatibility" | In response to Reply # 0vfnewman Basic MemberWed 20-Sep-00 07:58 AM
Your lens is not "D". A big gripe in the Nikon forums is that Nikon has not upgraded the design of that lens since its introduction. With the announcement of the pending
AF-S 300mm f/4, that lens will now be D-compatible.
Like Doug says, with a telephoto like that, you really aren't missing out on anything.
Enjoy using your new lens.
#3. "RE: D Compatibility" | In response to Reply # 0nikondave Basic MemberWed 20-Sep-00 04:26 PM
I use this lens regularly and find the optics to be very very good to include the ability to yield a very sharp image wide open (i.e. f4.0) when using proper telephoto technique (quality tripod & head, etc.). I regularly use an SB-25 Speedlight for fill flash and find the results excellent even without the "D" technology. Also, using the TC-14B to create a 420mm f5.6 results in very good images, although you do loose matrix metering. This can be overcome by retrofitting a TC-14E.