The early reviews were mixing at this stage, some said it is one of the sharpest lense with swift focus, but some said it has a rather instable tripod collar causing blur images. Any Nikonian here has a chance to try this new lense out, and share your thoughts ( it will be an expensive investment and I couldn't find it in local store yet, any information is appreciated). Thanks! Daniel
Moose's review talks about a tack sharp image obtained with 2s exposure time, on a tripod. I have to notice that Rorslett criticizes the proneness of this lens to vibrate when on a tripod, due to the interaction of vibes induced by mirror and shutter with a somewhat elastic tripod mount. If Rorslett is true, which I tend to believe, this would cause vibes during the very first few milliseconds of exposure, before they are anyhow dampened by the tripod/mount/lens/camera assembly. Therefore, such vibes should be of greater effect with relatively short exposure times, such as 1/125 or 1/60, during which all of the exposure would be affected by vibes. They should be much less noticeable with long exposure times. During a 2s. exposure, I guess you have vibes for say the first 1/30 or 1/15, and the rest of the exposure time would be unaffected, leading to much sharper images than when using faster exposure times. Shutterbug and Techmall reviews are in fact the same review, based on the announce of Nikon releasing the AFS 300/4, not on actually testing the lens. I was unable to find anything about the AFS 300/4 following the link to Photozone. I can say nothing really useful about that lens because I never tested it personally. After reading Rorslett's and Mooses's reviews, anyhow, it seems to me that one tester found some huge problem with the tripod mount, and the other does not say anything useful about this point. This leads me to strenghten my personal opinion about recent Nikon product releases, apart from some aspects of some of the very few top professional materials. Sorry about that. If I needed a good Nikon AF 300, I would rather look for an used 2.8, or a new one according with one's budget. In case Nikon was no longer able to produce reliable and/or reasuring products, it would be not anybody else's fault. It's a pity, since the new AFS 300/4 is really, how can I say, sexy.
However, as I had said in the beginning, the comments over this lens are mixing if not contradicting. Your point about the shutter speed noticed, and will watch for this before purchase. Thanks again! Daniel
do you mean the AFS 300/2.8 or the AFS 300/4? The user's rating on Photozone are about the /2.8 lens, while the /4 is probably too young to have a reliable, if any, user's rating yet. By the way, about JRP's posting and just for precision's sake: 1) Rorslett clearly states which tripod he was using for the test; 2) if the tripod mount is elastic, you can even fix the lens to Mt. Everest, it will pick the mirror's vibes anyhow.
Geo, You're correct, my mistake, followed that link and thought it was talking about AF-S300/4, it's not ( I copied and pasted the info didn't notice it was really 300/2.8 as shown above). My problem is: probably won't have chance to test it prior to purchase as some photographers did, and probably won't be able to return it by just saying the tripod collar vibes. I'll wait to see more reviews over it to come. Thanks!! Daniel
I'm sure Kirk and Really Right Stuff will be disapointed to hear this. They made a whole industry out of the collars for the 80-200 f2.8. They probably had better replacement collars in the works. It is very nice to see Nikon reacting so rapidly to imput from photographers. Now about the 80-400 "AFS" version.....
I am not sure, but I don't think you will see an answer on the Nikon Site. I would suggest a call to Nikon USA and see if they will tell you. I love Nikon, but they are not going to say ... oops, we goofed, in public. The more I get involved with Nikon, the more I realize it is not a good idea to be the "first" to get any of their products, I like to let them work out the bugs first. The 300 is definately on my "to get" list.
I just read the last update (Dec. 15) of Bjorn Rorslett's evaluation of the AFS 300/4. It contains awful info about the tripod mount. I think this can be the tomb stone for the AFS 300/4. My opinion about recent Nikon production is getting worse every day. Hope they will make me change idea one day.