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Nikon 300 2.8 -which one?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by mitchellbrown, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. I am looking at a couple older 300's

    one is an AF-I
    the other is an AF-S M1

    what are the differences? Can you use a 1.4 converter on the AF-I?

    Is there a AF-S M11?

    Is there a good site to get info on older lenses from nikon? Besides for here of course!!!:smile:
  2. Greg V

    Greg V

    Feb 19, 2007
    SE Michigan
    The AF-S utilizes an ultrasonic motor for foucsing. It is quiet and very responsive. The AF-I uses a motor in the lens but it is not ultrasonic. I have never used the AF-I. I own the AF-S and it is wonderful. Optically, I would expect both to be equivalent.

    There is a version prior to the AF-I that uses the screw drive off the camera body to focus.

    I do not know if the AF-S teleconverters work on the AF-I lens.

    Best of luck.
  3. CAJames


    Sep 6, 2006
    Lompoc, CA

    First, all the Nikon 300mm f/2.8 lenses are excellent. I had the AF-I, it is now four generations old but works great with the TC-14/17/20e teleconverters. The AF-S M1 is the next generation, it has a different autofocus motor and a different optics. There is also an AF-S M2 and the current verison which is AF-S VR (vibration reduction). You can't go wrong with any of them, it is mostly about how much you want to spend.
  4. Thanks all...
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