-Released 16. september, 2004
AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF II Nikkor
Nikon released new D3 and D300 digital SLR camera bodies at the same time with the new 400mm, 500mm, and 600mm VR superteles on the 23rd august in 2007. The new D3 body instantly got my attention... It was all that I had wanted from Canon... professional body with fast frame rate, 35mm FF-sensor and proper amount of pixels to keep photosites big enough. And because Nikon also had new long-expected Vibration Reduction superteles... decision was easy to make. When I got home from work, I put all my Canons for sale. I was prepared to buy a new Canon professional body, but Nikon's releases changed my plans completely.
It was clear from the start, that budjet cannot handle new D3 body and new AF-S 500mm f/4G ED-IF VR Nikkor, because I also had to buy other lenses. Nikon's AF-S 200mm f/2G ED-IF VR Nikkor has always been close to my heart, but with FX-sensor it could be too short to be the one and only nature photograph telephoto lens... So I bought Nikon's AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF N VR Nikkor, which is the star of this review. I had EF 300/2.8L IS USM in my Canon days, and I was quite happy with it's quality and versatility...
As a former Canon user, I possibly do some comparison between AF-S 300/2.8 VR and EF 300/2.8L IS USM in this review.