Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm F4 IF-ED Review
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED, introduced in 2000, used Nikon’s most advanced Silent Wave Motor at the time. The failure rate of the Silent Wave Motor was relatively high. As a result, the motor of the copy under review is no longer working. Howerver, the lens can still focus and manually. Back in the 2000, the mainstream format of Nikon DSLR was a DX format sensor with 5 to 6 million pixels. The lens receive many positive reviews at that time. How does the lens perform on a full-frame 42-megapixel camera now?
|Lens construction||10 elements in 6 groups (2 ED glass elements)|
|Closest focusing distance||1.45m / 4.8 ft|
|No. of diaphragm blades||9 (rounded)|
The body of the lens is made of polymer and the mount is made of copper. The overall workmanship is very good, inheriting the consistent workmanship of Nikon’s high-end lenses.
The center of the frame is already very sharp when wide open, and the corners are very good. At F5.6, the whole photo is very sharp from center to corners.
During the test, thanks to two ED lenses on the design, only a small amount of purple fringing was found in extreme environments. Below is a 100% crop close to the center of the frame.
The lens comes with built with a hood, and the hood has internal felt linings to reduce reflections. Under normal circumstances, the flare is not detectable.
Distortion and Vignetting
Distortion is essentially imperceptible. At F4.0 there are noticeable vignetting, please refer to the photo below. The vignetting basically gone at F5.6.
I don’t notice any coma during testing.
The bokeh of this lens is neutral. Please refer to the photos below.
With a 9-bladed rounded aperture, you can get 18-point sunstars if you stop down it to F8-11…
The lens is more than good enough for use on a 42MP camera where it performs very well in every aspects. A working copy is best to be used on a Nikon Z mount cameras which will provide autofocus and in-body stabilization. When adapting the lens to other cameras, it is recommended to use a tripod as manual focusing is diffcult on this lens.
All photos are taken with the camera’s default Standard mode with only brightness adjustment in post. For a larger photos, please visit our Flickr.