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Showcase Nikon 300mm f/2.8 AFS VR

Discussion in 'Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Randy, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    What a lens.
    So I started with a Bigma, then the Sigma 300 2.8, then the Sigma 120-300, then I finally got the keeper. If there is a better 300mm lens I haven't seen it yet.

    I was in the boat again and had active VR on...and yes active VR helps alot even at fast shutter speeds.
    This was also hand held. When I 1st got this lens I didn't think I'd like handholding it but I have since found it to not be a problem. Since it's a prime and my left hand doesn't have to work the zoom ring I find this lens much easier to handhold than the 120-300.

    So show us what you got. That 200/2 thread has thousands of posts to it. I suspect more of us own the 300/2.8 than the 200/2 so let'sgive em a run for thier money.

    This is a shot w/ a D300s and the 1.4 TC attached.
    NIKON D300S    ---    420mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    ISO 640
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  2. That's an awesome shot Randy. Saw it over on the Bird gallery. Not only do you have great glass, but you're clearly able to get great location and get there at an hour with great light.
  3. used to own it....

  4. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    the one i shoot with used to be Dave's...magnificent lens Dave and in pristine condition
  5. Can we non-VR folks chime in?

    300 2.8 afs v1 with Kenko Pro 300 2X, handheld:
    NIKON D50    ---    600mm    f/8.0    1/1250s    ISO 400

    Just wait'll you get back to sports (with Kenko Pro 300 1.4x):

    The VR would be nice to have, but even the earliest AF-S version of this lens gives the same knock-out images. When you look at these lens' MTFs they are darn near perfect edge-to-edge.
  6. nags


    Jan 30, 2008
    S. Florida
    I'm dyin' to get that lens!
  7. I was sold until I googled the lens. I'll just have to live through those of you who are blessed enough to own these fine lenses.
  8. jStat


    Dec 11, 2007
    Janesville, WI
    Once I get the dough for this lens, it will be mine!
  9. edhu


    Jul 21, 2008
    wow! I am going to change my plan. 200 vr or 300? to be or not to be.
  10. Randy,

    Do you think you got comparable images with the Sigma 120-300 @ 2.8?

    The 120-300 is about $2300. I've read you can get a 300 AF-S for around 2500, although I haven't found one.

  11. A few from Yellowstone

    I love this lens - it will NEVER leave my hands.

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    ISO 320

    NIKON D200    ---    500mm    f/4.8    1/1000s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    420mm    f/4.0    1/200s    ISO 500

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/1000s    ISO 250
  12. You guys are trying to destroy our marriages!:biggrin:
    Beautiful images Frank and Randy!
    I'll go console myself with my 80-200 2.8. Fred
  13. Tim O

    Tim O

    Jun 11, 2006
    Great lens.. Here are just a few from a very fine piece of Nikon glass:smile:




  14. david7703


    Mar 27, 2008
    melrose ma
  15. As many of you know, I purchased a 300 2.8 a few months ago and have been thrilled with this lens. I find it to be very versatile:

    #1: It's great for wildlife (even with a teleconverter)!

    #2: Not bad for close up work either...
    View attachment 231679

    #3: It allows me to get very close (to these peacock feathers)...
    View attachment 231680

    #4: It's great for capturing birds in flight...
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    ISO 250

    #5: It's fun for portraits...
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/1250s    ISO 500

    #6: And sports, of course...
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    ISO 200

    #7: And the creamy bokeh...
    View attachment 231684

    #8: And it compresses things...
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    ISO 200

    #9: And allows for some interesting candids...
    View attachment 231686

    CLICK HERE to view some more images with the 300 2.8 VR.

    Thanks for looking...
  16. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    GG Glenn, they are all good but #1 is a 10
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