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    Quote Originally Posted by Dfive View Post
    I'd say late FEB here.... but you wanna get your name down at your local stores.... I see this one having a global shortage in most of 2015.

    I'll place my order 3-6 months after stores have them... I never rush any purchase till real world in the field tests are out.
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    i must say that nikon is really on a roll.

    the D750, this 300mm F4, and the "advanced firmware update" leak is really attracting me as a canon/sony user. If i don't have my set of canon lenses, i would have bought the d750 and place a pre-order for this 24-70 sized 300 F4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricleo View Post
    i must say that nikon is really on a roll.

    the D750, this 300mm F4, and the "advanced firmware update" leak is really attracting me as a canon/sony user. If i don't have my set of canon lenses, i would have bought the d750 and place a pre-order for this 24-70 sized 300 F4.

    http://petapixel.com/2015/01/08/leak...mware-updates/
    Don't forget the amazing D810, and the recent 20/1.8g too !

    Already told my regular shop to reserve one unit of the 300/4 for me.. its even lighter then my 28-300 !

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfie View Post
    Don't forget the amazing D810, and the recent 20/1.8g too !

    Already told my regular shop to reserve one unit of the 300/4 for me.. its even lighter then my 28-300 !
    Smart move if you need asap!
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    VIDEO is out... Note this is NOT a review... only an intro at CES.

    http://www.popphoto.com/gear/2015/01...bUKs6YsJjWnrgH

    ENJOY
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    Old and NEW compared.... IMAGE.

    Petty awesome!

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    Size on the D810.... Niccccce.

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    WELL we shall see in tests !!

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    heh... IMO, pretty good time for those looking for the now budget AFD 300mm/f4 lens... i had that lens many moons ago. slow AF in comparison to the speed demons now, but still good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightwolf75 View Post
    heh... IMO, pretty good time for those looking for the now budget AFD 300mm/f4 lens... i had that lens many moons ago. slow AF in comparison to the speed demons now, but still good.
    Yup.... they will be selling second hand at $600-700 next month.
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    Weight is critical to me...will still prefer the new lens even old one goes on discount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dfive View Post
    Old and NEW compared.... IMAGE.

    Petty awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lunas View Post
    Weight is critical to me...will still prefer the new lens even old one goes on discount.
    Not to mention the size.... its amazing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dfive View Post

    Not to mention the size.... its amazing!
    Oh yea....the curve too...haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dfive View Post
    Not to mention the size.... its amazing!
    i still am shocked that the lens is potentially the same size as a 24-70mm... waiting to see who has the first copy in CS so that we can see real images from it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightwolf75 View Post
    i still am shocked that the lens is potentially the same size as a 24-70mm... waiting to see who has the first copy in CS so that we can see real images from it.
    Hope Nikon could do a 400mm / f4 like this also.

    And a new a new 180mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dfive View Post

    Hope Nikon could do a 400mm / f4 like this also.

    And a new a new 180mm.
    I think the Fresnel and DO lenses cost a bomb! Not sure whether the easier to bring around feel is worth the price premium..

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    Nice GLASS there !!


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    Fresnel Lens / DO Lens may be light and good (but not cheap!), but there's a reason why it doesn't take off e.g. the canon 400mm F4.

    No doubt the images from these fresnel/DO lenses have "L" quality contrast, color and sharpness, they suffer from bokeh which is not as smooth and creamy as the traditional lenses. Previously when I shoot sports using the 400mm F4, I kena many "queries" from my clients asking why the bokeh of my images look kinda "unusual". Thankfully, they only made queries but did not screw me. But after 3 months with the 400mm F4 I sold it away - I don't want one day to encounter a customer who can't accept the images with the "unusual" bokeh. But I must emphasize that the color, contrast, sharpness, etc are there.

    Thus when I was looking at the sample images in this thread from the nikon 300mm f4 fresnel, my eyes are not zooming in on the color, contrast, sharpness (it's expected to be great). Instead I am checking out the bokeh quality - unfortunately the samples images are taken in places with clean/non-distractive backgrounds e.g. the image of the goat in the highlands.

    I will wait for sample images of subjects in "messy" background, and only then can I judge and make a call on whether this Nikon 300mm fresnel lens is good or not.

    My advice to folks who are thinking of getting this fresnel lens: Hold your horses. Wait for images with "messy" backgrounds before you make your decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcuf2 View Post
    Fresnel Lens / DO Lens may be light and good (but not cheap!), but there's a reason why it doesn't take off e.g. the canon 400mm F4.

    No doubt the images from these fresnel/DO lenses have "L" quality contrast, color and sharpness, they suffer from bokeh which is not as smooth and creamy as the traditional lenses. Previously when I shoot sports using the 400mm F4, I kena many "queries" from my clients asking why the bokeh of my images look kinda "unusual". Thankfully, they only made queries but did not screw me. But after 3 months with the 400mm F4 I sold it away - I don't want one day to encounter a customer who can't accept the images with the "unusual" bokeh. But I must emphasize that the color, contrast, sharpness, etc are there.

    Thus when I was looking at the sample images in this thread from the nikon 300mm f4 fresnel, my eyes are not zooming in on the color, contrast, sharpness (it's expected to be great). Instead I am checking out the bokeh quality - unfortunately the samples images are taken in places with clean/non-distractive backgrounds e.g. the image of the goat in the highlands.

    I will wait for sample images of subjects in "messy" background, and only then can I judge and make a call on whether this Nikon 300mm fresnel lens is good or not.

    My advice to folks who are thinking of getting this fresnel lens: Hold your horses. Wait for images with "messy" backgrounds before you make your decision.
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    What is the weight?

    Accidentally saw it 300mm look like awesome piece.

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