I want a 300mm f/4. I can pickup a like new AF 300 f/4 for $600.00 or should I pay $1100.00 to $1200.00 for a good used AF-S 300 f/4. Is there enough difference in the 2 lens that it would matter to an amatuer? Thanks
I did the whole 300mm f/4 AF vs AF-S thing back when I had a D100. I decided to go with the AF-S (mostly due to the fact that after buying overpriced internal filters for the AF, it worked out about the same price anyway).
That was a good few years ago, I've kept it through the D200, and still use it on my D300s, great lens and would get it again in a heartbeat.
$1100-1200 for a used 300/4 AF-S? I think mine was only $1199 new from B&H when I got it it 5 or 6 years ago.
Sat 06-Mar-10 01:07 AM | edited Sat 06-Mar-10 01:10 AM by pipco
Don't know about the 300af but I have the 300afs f4 and it is my main lens for the past two years. I used it on my D200 and now on my d300s. Supper, supper sharp glass. Did I say it had great glass? I use it for birds w/ a 1.4 TC and it is still sharp. I use it for macro with ex tubes love the close focus. Only nit is I did replace the tripod collar with a KIRK replacement collar. I would highly suggest the replacement to get the most out of this lens. Mark
I have AF-S version lens as well. One thing that made me understand that the older, less expensive lens was not really a bargain was when I realized there was going to be a replacement parts issue for the discontinued model before long. No matter how careful we are, eventually the lens will need to be serviced. Difficult to do without parts.
>I want a 300mm f/4. I can pickup a like new AF 300 f/4 for >$600.00 or should I pay $1100.00 to $1200.00 for a good used >AF-S 300 f/4. Is there enough difference in the 2 lens that it >would matter to an amatuer? Thanks
Well, you don't say what you will be shooting. If it's sports you might want to get some info about FOCUS SPEED before you decide.
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