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Lens review

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300 mm f/4E PF ED VR

13 March 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • good resolution on the edge of the frame no matter what sensor you use,
  • proper correction of longitudinal and lateral chromatic aberration,
  • lack of problems with spherical aberration,
  • moderate distortion,
  • negligible coma,
  • low astigmatism,
  • bokeh pleasing to the eye,
  • moderate vignetting,
  • perfect colour rendition,
  • excellent optical stabilization,
  • silent and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • average performance against bright light,
  • price.

If you compare the lists of pros and cons you can answer a question concerning the advantages of using new technologies without hesitation. A classic lens – made of ordinary elements – perhaps would have higher resolution results and would fare against bright light better but it would also be physically heavier and bigger; apart from that, if you wanted to ensure equally good performance in other categories, it would have to be very complex optically and perhaps not a lot cheaper than the lens with the new technology implemented.


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Although the price of the tested lens might seem very steep you have to understand that you get a lot in exchange. Still I admit I am very surprised that, with such a price tag, Nikon decided to save a bit and produce the lens in China. However let’s hope that the quality control was very strict and reflected well the price, making the place of production unimportant.