Nikon 300mm f/2.8D ED-IF II AF-S Nikkor
(From Nikon lens literature) Super fast, super quiet lens using Nikon's Silent Wave motor technology. Compact super-telephoto lens that is ideal for photojournalism, sports, and nature photography. M/A switch for fast transitions from AF to manual focus.
Nikon 300mm f/2.8D ED-IF II AF-S Nikkor User Reviews
10 out of 10 points and recommended by Cliff3 (1 reviews)Optics, buildTripod collar
I bought my copy of this lens used in February 2009. I have shot around 25,000 photos with it since that time. I use it with a D700. I have TC14E and TC20E II teleconverters as well as a C-PL1L circular polarizer that I use with this lens. This is a brilliant lens.reviewed January 4th, 2011 (purchased for $3,100)
This is a big heavy lens. I mostly shoot motorsports, and I normally shoot with the lens on a monopod. It is capable of producing stunning images. It works very well with the TC14E, and reasonably well with the TC20E II.
I have had less success with the lens mounted in a tripod (Arca-Swiss B1 ballhead and Gitzo Mountaineer legs using a RRS foot) at slower shutter speeds (> 1/100). The tripod collar may be partly to blame, but at this point I am more inclined to blame my technique. Additional practice should let me refine that opinion.
10 out of 10 points and recommended by genotypewriter (12 reviews)Optics, build, mechanics... everything's greatNo benefits worth $700 over the older Canon 300 2.8 IS
Here's my sharpness comparison of the Nikon 300 2.8 VR vs. the Canon 300 2.8 IS (both on a 5D Mark II):reviewed June 17th, 2010
As we speak, B&H advertises the Nikon at USD5200 and the Canon at USD 4500. Although there's such a high price premium over the Canon, the Nikon offers practically nothing extra over the much older Canon, apart from slightly better IS.
Here is also a bokeh comparison that I did, comparing the 300 2.8 VR, 300 2.8 IS (and also the Sigma 120-300 2.8):
9 out of 10 points and recommended by exnihiloman (1 reviews)Crisp focus, quite, f2.8 and great bokeh.Large and heavy.
I recently rented this lens for a concert at my church. We have some poor lighting and I wondered how the lens would perform. Turns out the lens performed as I expected. Got lots of nice crisp shots from various angles. Moving around in a dark auditorium was a tad awkward, though. A couple days later I set up my camera on a tripod in a busy atrium/foyer area and got some outstanding candids with natural light coming through translucent skylights. If I had the dough I'd get one for me.reviewed September 30th, 2009
9 out of 10 points and recommended by ggriffith (4 reviews)Good Focus, Very Durable!It's BIG
Very good lens. The newspaper I work for has a handful of these for their D2h bodies and after using it to shoot speeches, sports, and other media events I've been pretty happy. Coming from the Canon camp and shooting both this was a comfortable lens to use and the focus was pretty accurate.reviewed October 19th, 2005
I like it and would recommend it. Sorry I can't tell you about price, but I didn't have to fit the bill. :)