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Old Friday 27th March 2009, 22:45   #1
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300 f4 AFS

Dear all,

With my continuing research to help me make a decision as to whether to buy the 300f4 AFS, I've seen a few reports about the tripod collar being very flimsy, resulting in noticeable camera shake when mounted on a tripod.

Since the problem was first reported, I think Nikon may have modified the mount, but I don't know whether this has completely solved the problem. Can anyone with this lens comment on this?

I'm also interested in opinions when used off-tripod. Is the lens comfortable to use for in flight shots?

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Old Saturday 28th March 2009, 11:54   #2
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Kevin, all 3 shots I posted on BF today were taken with a 300/4 and a 1.4 actually all the past months shots were taken this way, all either handheld or mainly resting on a bean bag, there are reports of a flimsy mount but I think these have been blown out of proportion, IMHO its as solid as any mount on a lens of this type. Its a cracking lens you won't be disappointed and is a joy to use on a monopod.
Happy to discuss any of my images taken in the last month and if your passing through Suffolk you could give mine a go.
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Additional, attached is one BIF shot I took yesterday, with the 300/4 and a 1.4, hand held, its not the best shot but demonstrate that the unit is happily used handheld and a few other recent shots
For BIF shots its very comfortable in hand with or without the 1.4 (and you can use the 1.7 with it as well)
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Old Sunday 29th March 2009, 11:55   #3
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I've always had sharp shots when I've used a tripod with this lens.
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Old Sunday 29th March 2009, 17:17   #4
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i certainly have no issues with the collar and i rate this lens very highly.
take a look at the link below most of these images were taken with this
lens + the 1.4 converter

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Astrokev: You may wish to take a look at this page: -
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Scroll down to NC-300 replacement lens collar for nikkor 300mm f4 afs.
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Old Monday 30th March 2009, 21:14   #6
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Gandalf its really not needed, the standard mount is fine
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Gandalf its really not needed, the standard mount is fine
Informed choice is all.
I didn't like the nikkor tripod collar and foot on the 80-400mm VR and bought the Kirk replacement - much better.
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Old Tuesday 31st March 2009, 20:18   #8
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I did see a comment on Bjorns website that the later models did have an improved mount / foot, having not seen the early ones I can't comment, mine is fine on a tripod
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Old Thursday 2nd April 2009, 20:27   #9
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Unless you're taking photo's of extremely slow moving or static objects I wouldn't worry about it. If you're using the 300f4 AFS for bird photography 99% of the time you'll be shooting at speeds of between 1/500 and 1/2500. At these speeds you won't get any camera shake from the lens collar.
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Unless you're taking photo's of extremely slow moving or static objects I wouldn't worry about it. If you're using the 300f4 AFS for bird photography 99% of the time you'll be shooting at speeds of between 1/500 and 1/2500. At these speeds you won't get any camera shake from the lens collar.

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