Showcase Nikon 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF AI-s (manual)

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by chasm, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. chasm

    chasm Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 2, 2010
    Just got this in the post this morning. First impressions are very positive although as it's a 600mm equivalent I doubt I'll be doing much without a tripod or monopod. Both these shots were on a tripod.
    The focus ring turns very easily, almost loosely - is this normal on manual Nikkor lenses?

    1306_300mm_041.

    1306_300mm_058-Edit.
     
  2. scarbrd

    scarbrd Mu-43 Regular

    144
    Jul 1, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I have the same lens, I even had a brand new one some 20 years ago.

    The IF (Internal Focus) on this lens does feel loose. I've never handled one that didn't feel this way. I think it is by design so it can focus faster than the standard 300mm Nikkor 4.5 that had a very tight focus ring.

    It is an outstanding optical performer. Definitely a tripod lens.
     
  3. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    My copy doesn't feel 'loose' in focusing, but there is not much damping. Some photo's;

    Tripod... at f8
    P2030527.

    Handheld and a heavy crop - f11 I think
    kite-800.
     
  4. chasm

    chasm Mu-43 Veteran

    262
    Mar 2, 2010
    Nice moon

    1308_Nice_moon_2_008-Edit.
     
  5. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I love the spider web shot!

    This lens in on my wish list, so thanks for adding more praise for it. I have heard that the focus ring on this was a bit "looser" than normal. In my collection of Nikkors some of the focus rings are easier to rotate than others. The E series lenses are a bit stiffer than the metal Nikkors of the same period. The modern AF-S Nikkors seem a bit stiffer than the older lenses but not as stiff as the E series. Keep in mind none are hard to use and all are WAY better to focus than the stupid focus-by-wire setup on m4/3 lenses.
     
  6. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    On a speedbooster,

    300mm45_SB.
     
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  7. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    @f8 with Metabones Speedbooster. Cropped.

    Cow-Nikon300f8-small.
     
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  8. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    A couple from this morning - jpgs straight out of camera with no other processing other than as noted;

    With Metabones Speedbooster.

    @5.6
    hoot2-PB156569-1024.

    100% crop with a small unsharp filter
    hoot2-PB156569-1600crop.

    @f8
    hoot3-PB156581-1024.
     
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