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Top value Nikon lens for wildlife photography – The 300 F4. Photographing Seals. – Viral Trends

Top value Nikon lens for wildlife photography – The 300 F4. Photographing Seals.

Cant afford the awesome new Nikon 200-400 FL… You’re not alone…

In this video I’m out on the coast photographing Grey seals and due to the fact my gear is in for a service with NPS It was a great opportunity to pick up and share my thoughts on what I feel is one BEST VALUE lenses for Nikon wildlife photographers. The 300 f4 AF-s.

I know that there is a new one out… The 300 f4 PF that’s lighter and has VR, but it is £1400… and that for many is far from budget!

That’s why the older 300 f4 AF-s model, that can easily be found secondhand for around £400 is a top quality consideration for those on a budget, especially as it will pair nicely with both DX and FX cameras, making it a perfect investment lens!

This is the lens I used for my first few years as a pro. Today, even with the latest cameras and sensors I still rate it as a top value bit of glass!

You can get them here :
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I’f you’ve got any questions about the 300 F4 or anything else wildlife photography related drop it in the comments and I’ll get back to you!

Thanks for watching and join me again soon for more wildlife photography content!

You can check out more of my work on my website : http://www.tommasonphoto.com/
or over on Instagram + Twitter — @TomMasonPhoto

My gear (Amazon Affiliate Links – 3% of purchase goes to me – you pay nothing extra)

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Nikon 300 2.8 VR II : http://amzn.to/2wuIrwO
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Music – Epidemic Sound.


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  1. Great vid Tom! Subscribed! I have an interest in wildlife though I mainly do landscape. Thanks to this video, I'll be considering of getting that lens until I can afford a 200-500. I have the Tamron SP 500mm f8 55BB lens, why not review it as a budget lens for wildlife photography?

    The 500m prime there is manual only and though I haven't had a chance to use it a lot for photographing, it's a phenomenal video lens for sure, very sharp

  2. Great video Tom…agree totally 100% with you on the 300mm f4..I bought one with my D200 years ago..it's still one of the sharpest lenses I've ever had..right up there with the 500mm f4 and 70-200 f2.8..and is a perfect walkaround lens and it is that rare thing that with a 1.4 convertor shows minimal fall off in quality..I keep saying I'll change mine with the new much lighter PF version just for weight but thats £1000 to save a few ounces !..IMHO easily the best lens any Nikon owning newcomer to wildlife (or other) genre can buy…..I've had many shots on this lens that I'd have missed with my 500mm on my gitzo as it's so flexible and light….

  3. Hey
    i want to buy a Nikon D7200 + Tamron SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD is there anything you would recommend for a Beginner/ intermediate (my budget is around 800 – 900 Pounds.

  4. Good on you Tom for removing the plastic, great example! Please don't put your camera in the sand, lol. Enjoying your videos very much indeed.

  5. Lovely video as always! Such a shame to see all the plastic on the beach :/ Right now I have the d7000 with the sigma 70-200 2.8. Would you recommend buying a 1.4 extender or this 300 mm to get more reach?

  6. Greta vlog Tom been following you for some time abd find your work both insping and informative. I do have a nikon d7100, due to budgetary constraints more than anything else and a 70 – 200 f2.8 but cannot get the sharpness that your pictures have. Would your advice be to perservere in perfecting my skills set or perhaps seek to change the camera to a 'better' camera and if so which once would you advise. Thanks for both the advice and superb vlogs. Happy New Year to you all.

  7. Hi Tom,
    Thanks for the video and reminding us to help clean up while we are enjoying outdoors. What Nikon bodies are great value for wildlife? And yes I know great value has a big range, any advice welcome. Thanks again!

  8. I absolutely agree to what you said about how conservation is linked with wildlife photography, so many peoples today don't really understand that, they would not hesitate to hurt, or even kill an animals just to get THE PERFECT SHOOT they said. Which I am absolutely disgested by their act. Btw, I am studying in Southampton and would really like to know is there anywhere nearby I can shoot some marine mammals? Unfortunately all I have is a tamron 150-600 lens and a D700, which are rather old gears for wildlife…Would be great if I can get a decent prime telelens

  9. For this money you can get a used Nikkor 300mm 2.8 AF-S I. And this lens is brutally sharp. It’s without VR but who cares as for wildlife the shutter speed is typically at 1/1000s?

  10. I had the Nikkor 300mm F4D and sold it years ago.. silly mistake so I'm planning to get another because after 10ish years with Nikon lenses it is IMO the sharpest and more importantly the best contrast rendering lens I have ever owned. Because we now have the 300 F4 PF it has been hard to decide but I think I'm going to go with the superior contrast over the smaller PF. VR is also a big consideration but I can work around not having it. I do have a Sigma 150-600 C to fall back on.

  11. Fantastic video! So sad to see the seals playing with plastic
    but something which people need to know is happening so thanks for sharing.
    Beautiful seal portraits- so crisp and emotive!

  12. Hey Tom, I just happened across your channel not to long ago. Unfortunately I've already binge watched your entire feed. Keep up the awesome work, looking forward to your future content! Tuning in from Tampa, FL.

  13. A very upsetting but real video Tom, and I think it was important for you highlight the problem of plastics. At £400 the lens sounds a bargain, there can’t be that many larger primes at that price.

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