Home > My Equipment Review > Nikon 300mm f/2.8 ED AF-S IF VR II Lens Review / Test shots II (7-25-10)

Nikon 300mm f/2.8 ED AF-S IF VR II Lens Review / Test shots II (7-25-10)

I tested the Nikon 300mm f/2.8 ED AF-S IF VR II outdoors for the first time this weekend and was happy with the results overall, though I really don’t have anything to compare them too.  All shots were handheld.  There are a combination of shots both with and without the Nikon 1.7x teleconverter.  If the new series III 2x teleconverter ever gets back in stock then I plan on buying it and will post my results.  Overall the autofocus does well with the 1.7x teleconverter…it is slower as one would expect, but very usable.  Autofocus is lightning fast without the teleconverter!  I found that the lens produces decent and some usable shots with the 1.7x teleconverter “wide-open” at 510mm f/4.8, however there were several from the group that I would not brag about.   Stopping down to around f/8 with the 1.7x teleconverter on made considerable difference with more quality shots (again all handheld).  Stopping down even more to f/11 gave mixed results as the lighting was not superb and thus the shutter speed had to drop to compensate (as I had ISO locked)… so I saw more camera shake artifact.  I have posted the best from the f/4.8 and f/8 groups with the teleconverter and several different f-stops without the teleconverter.  Unfortunately my subject would not maintain the same “pose” in all the photos but it’s good enough to get an idea since he did not change his distance (~20 feet).  View at 100% crop in order to really see the differences between the different f-stops (apertures).   ALL PHOTOS IN THIS TEST SHOT HANDHELD WITH “NORMAL EDITING/SHARPENING”.                

***Double click or use expansion window to view images at 100% crop***                   

Nikon 300mm f/2.8 ED AF-S IF VR II WITHOUT teleconverter                  

(BELOW): Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II (300mm at f/5 and 1/1250 sec)..This poor pelican had a fishing hook in his bill that you can see on 100%   

     

 (BELOW): Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II (300mm at f/5 and 1/1250 sec)     

   

(BELOW): Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II (300mm wide open at f/2.8)                   

                   

(BELOW): Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II (300mm at f/4)                   

            

(BELOW): Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II (300mm at f /6.3)                   

                   

(BELOW): Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II (300mm at f /8)                   

                   

(BELOW): Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II (300mm at f /9)                   

                   

  
 
 

       

                   

  
 
 

       

                 

 

       

 

       

               

 

       

             

 

       

           

 

         

 

       

 

     

 

   

Nikon 300mm f/2.8 ED AF-S IF VR II WITH 1.7x teleconverter                   

***Double click or use expansion window to view images at 100% crop***                   

(BELOW): Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II WITH 1.7x teleconverter (510mm wide open at f/4.8)                   

                   

                     

(BELOW): Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II WITH 1.7x teleconverter (510mm at f8)                   

                 

                   

Below are additional photos that I took with this lens over the weekend…                 

     (BELOW) Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VRII WITH 1.7x teleconverter (510mm at f/6.3 , shutter 1/1000 , ISO200)             

             

 (BELOW) Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VRII WITH 1.7x teleconverter (510mm at f/7 , shutter 1/640, ISO200)            

           

 (BELOW) Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VRII WITH 1.7x teleconverter (510mm at f/6.3 , shutter 1/1000 , ISO200)          

         

 (BELOW) Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VRII WITH 1.7x teleconverter (510mm at f/11 , shutter 1/250 , ISO200)         

        

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  1. July 26, 2010 at 9:57 am

    These images look very good. I am tempted to get this lens with teleconverter.

  2. James Clews
    May 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Excellent results.

    • May 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks. I have been very happy with this lens both with and without teleconverters. I have more recent photos that I need to post for this lens as soon as I can get to it.

  3. December 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Have you tried it with the 2x teleconverter ?

  4. kleinbatavia
    September 22, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Regardless of the sharpness, which is great, I wonder why the pelican needed the fishing hook in it’s beak? Don’t tell me you actually hooked it to get a few “action shots”…

    • September 22, 2015 at 11:41 pm

      To answer you questions..
      1. No the pelican did not “need” to have a fishing hook in its bill, but it did when I saw and photographed it.
      2. Am I responsible for the hook in the pelican in order to take the photo? HELL NO!!! That is a borderline absurd question. I don’t know any photographer that would do this. So that part of the question is a little stupid in my opinion. But yes the lens is sharp.

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