Nikon 300mm f4 ED IF AF

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by DMLarson, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. DMLarson

    DMLarson Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 19, 2014
    Dan
    Just got this lens today and took the following shots with an Olympus MC-14 attached. I shot these out of my window and either rested my lens on the windowsill or braced my elbows on my stomach. There was a fair amount of chromatic aberration, but it cleaned up ok in Lightroom. It was a fairly gray today, with mostly overcast skies. I will post some more pictures later on with more color.

    16657645151_fd480df93c_c. House Finches by DM Larson, on Flickr

    16036743614_b964b72fec_c. Female House Finch by DM Larson, on Flickr

    16036748524_aa6546a847_c. Female House Finch by DM Larson, on Flickr

    16471605390_717cb2e680_c. Female House Finch by DM Larson, on Flickr

    16471436998_7ca23b5d37_c. Female House Finch by DM Larson, on Flickr

    16657967132_05a8bfb3eb_c. Female American Goldfinch by DM Larson, on Flickr
     
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  2. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I have the earlier 300mm f4 IF-ED lens and it's an outstanding lens, but pity it can't AF.
     
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  3. DMLarson

    DMLarson Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 19, 2014
    Dan
    Yes, I am quite pleased with the quality of the few shots I took today. I'm really eager to use this setup some more this spring.
     
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  4. DMLarson

    DMLarson Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 19, 2014
    Dan
    Some comparison shots to give an idea of size. The Nikon 300mm and adaptor are mounted on an E-M1 while the O50-200 SWD and MMF-3 are on an E-M10. The Nikon is skinnier, but it is also a little heavier due to an all metal body. I find the Nikon 300mm and E-M1 quite comfortable to hold.

    16477635669_97e56a98df_c. P1070339 by DM Larson, on Flickr

    16476358390_3357844707_c. P1070338 by DM Larson, on Flickr
     
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  5. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    That's the same lens as I have, I thought that you had the one that came after. It's one of a few manual lenses that I didn't sell when I got rid of most of my manual lenses. I probably would have had seller's remorse for quite some time.
     
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  6. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

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    Dec 26, 2014
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    Richard
    Very nice. I had the old 300mm non-ED AI and was underwhelmed but these are great.
     
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  7. DMLarson

    DMLarson Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 19, 2014
    Dan
    Thanks Richard and Ray. Ray, my lens does AF on Nikon. In the picture there is a large switch visible in the focus ring that is set to M(anual focus). I've read that this lens was introduced in 1987 but replaced with the D version in 2000.
     
  8. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
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  9. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2014
    So you used the MC-14 meant to be used with the 40-150 pro with the Nikon 300? Did you have to make any modifications
     
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  10. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I use the EC-14 with the 300mm and no modifications required. I suspect that you could use the MC-14, as there would be enough space in the adapter to house the protruding element.
     
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  11. DMLarson

    DMLarson Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 19, 2014
    Dan
    No, I didn't make any modifications. The protruding front element of the MC-14 fit neatly inside the Nikon to m43 adaptor. I also tried it with a Pentax K to m43 adaptor and it worked fine with that adaptor as well. I think the MC-14 should work with just about any manual adaptor.
     
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  12. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2014
    That is great to know! I probably will not be able to afford the Olympus 300 f4 for a while, so this might be a temporary solution.
     
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  13. DMLarson

    DMLarson Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 19, 2014
    Dan
    16491709259_ce43b4ebeb_c. P2280032 by DM Larson, on Flickr

    Again I combined the MC-14 and Nikon 400mm for this shot.
     
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  14. Robb

    Robb Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 2, 2014
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    Rob
    How does the manual focus feel and is it precise? There is one for auction at the moment and I was the thinking of getting this til the 300mm f4 from oly is released.
     
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  15. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    It's reasonably smooth and precise, but not overly well damped in my view, it turns too easily. It also has a throw from infinity to closest focus that's nearly 360 degrees. Optically, it is brilliant.
     
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  16. DMLarson

    DMLarson Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 19, 2014
    Dan
    Hi Rob, Ray pretty much nailed it. I actually kind of like the light damping because I can focus really fast. Focus peaking hasn't really helped me with this lens, but when my subjects stay still long enough to use magnify it (magnify) works great.
     
  17. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    Beautiful pics.

    I was wondering if peaking worked with adapted AF lenses. That's great. I find it hard to focus long lenses manually, in a hurry. My middle-aged eyes....

    Again. Great pics. I hope to do as well one day.