Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens finally in stock

The Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens is finally in stock at:

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  • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

    Excellent news..

  • Photobug

    I got an email notification from my credit card company yesterday that Adorama has charged the dollar amount to my credit card. Still waiting for the update from Adorama that the lens has shipped with the tracking number. It’s about time. Been waiting since early June.

    Nice job Peter with this update.

  • Eric Calabros

    BH sold out? How many had? five?

    • lorenzo

      maybe ONE

    • whisky

      they fill their back orders first and whatever’s left goes on sale.

  • T.I.M

    It’s always better to buy Nikon lenses in winter, less bugs…

  • Bengt Nyman

    Good news. I believe Nikon has made some changes to this lens while we were waiting. Maybe Nikon will even send one to DxO for testing, finally.

    • nhz

      One can always hope, but there is no sign that the problem of the ‘early’ copies has been solved.

      BTW, the lens has been available for months in other areas including my country. Seems there are less (or smaller) issues with the later batches / firmware updates, but that’s about all.

      • Bengt Nyman

        Both LenScore and LensTip suggest that the older 300mm f4 Nikon lens that I already have is an optically superior lens. So, I’m still waiting for DxO tests before I accept delivery.


    Would be nice if those who buy this lens as of now would report whether the VR issue has actually been solved now.
    I got two copies of the 300mm PF recently with serial numbers >212xxx. Both showed horrible performance around 1/125 on the D810. Not
    talking about some blurriness because of exposure times that are ambitious for
    a 300mm lens. Talking about massive doubled edges and entirely pointless
    performance. Looks like there is a “linear shift” in the image.

    • lorenzo

      212001 and 500xxx ARE > 212xxx.
      It would be more useful if you said < 213xxx so we can hope that everything above is better.

  • lorenzo

    There is an almost complete review on photographylife on this lens, it’s a must buy! The author states that it performs well with tele-converters up to the TC-17E II.

    I’d rather wait a bit to see if any problems come out of the first batch.

  • lorenzo

    Admin, is there any rumor on a potential new TC-17E III? Thanks.

    • T.I.M

      did you pay your monthly fees ?

      • lorenzo

        Oh, shoot, I forgot that! 🙂

        • Jebagi Erol Paker

          those who do not click enough nr.of advertisements maybe blocked in a website as a useless follower only whining. Ads are lifelines to such sites.

    • no, I only heard about a new SB-920 flash – will post online tomorrow

      • TheInfinityPoint

        Oh yay SB-910s should go on sale now haha.

      • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

        Looking forward to this post tomorrow; Peter you are doing a great job.

    • every post that contains a link is put aside for moderation, sometimes the moderation sustem wrongly counts words as links if you don’t put an empty space after a dot

      • lorenzo

        Thanks Peter but I edited it and removed the link and it still was in hold.

        In the other comment I just had a math equation and few words and I was blocked again.

        Did I end up in a black list?

        • You can of course post links here, it will just takes a while to show up online. I “whitelisted” you and you should no longer have this problem. This is nothing personal, just a way for me to combat spam.

          • lorenzo

            I think you do perfectly right, I have nothing against this policy, however, what triggered the hold on the other message related to the serial number?
            Thanks again.

            • hmm, not sure – maybe the “xxx”?

            • lorenzo

              or maybe the “less than” and “greater than” signs?
              I avoid writing them here.
              Don’t worry Peter, it was just a pure curiosity.

            • no problem, thanks

  • outkasted

    well with the 200-500mm/5.6 ya’ll can have this lens


      Didn’t know the 200-500 is less than 1kg, 77mm, about as short as the 24-70, and as sharp as a prime.

      • Morris

        and the 200-500 requires (reports) huge filter (€), better tripod mount (€), bigger bag (in most of cases)(€), monopod (reports)
        not so cheap anymore ;op

        • true

          I’ve felt the 300 PF didn’t pack enough punch. Not enough contrast, and very very bad against backlit subjects (ultra bad). Sure it’s light weight, but I’m starting to feel I get more out of my olympus 75-300 ii than I could from my 300 f4 pf. I’m hoping nikon would eventually wise up and make a 400 prime that’s better than 300 pf

  • jefferylewis

    I have had this lens since June. Used it in South Africa and Tanzania on safari and now in Aus as a surf/sport lens. Perfect with a D7200 for a 450mm equiv F4 – sharp! It’s tiny. My 80-400 has been idle since I got it. you can’t compare the sharpness of the zoom to this prime. Highly recommended!


    Don’t get your point.
    My two copies were #212 and something on the last three digits. Not 500xxx or whatever.

  • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

    This along with the 200-500 AFS is a must buy, some great lenses that Nikon have released this year.

  • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

    Good Idea; I hope to get it some time next year with some money being shaved off the price of the lens.

  • Thom Hogan

    Gee, I feel overlooked. My review is out there, too ;~).

    • doge

      Don’t beat yourself up too much, I liked your review.

    • HF

      Very nice and useful review, as usual.

    • Riley Escobar

      Thom, any idea why the 300mm PF and 200-500mm VR aren’t compatible with bodies that work with the PC-E lenses? Did Nikon change something with their electronic aperture system?

      • Thom Hogan

        The PC-E lenses have aperture rings.

        • Riley Escobar

          Ah, didn’t know that, thanks.

    • To be fair – I read both reviews – your website’s layout, especially the font, makes it harder to read long texts. The photographylife site theme is a bit more easy on tired eyes.

  • Ineluki

    Ever taken highlights with this lens. The resultd are out of question. Highlights look like bright pearls. This a no go.

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