Lenses (Auto-Focus)

Nikkor Gold Ring 'E' Optics

Nikkor AF lenses are the finest in the world for wildlife, and other challenging photography, where you do not have the time to compose and execute with manual focus glass. While I actually prefer to use manual focus lenses for many aspects of nature (landscapes, flowers, etc.), when it come to capturing wildlife, and other fleeting moments, only Nikon’s classy “Gold Series” ‘E’ AF lenses will do. Nikon is the only name I trust to get the job done, flawlessly and beautifully, every time. When choosing focal lengths, I operate by The Rule of Doubles, selecting prime focal lengths roughly-double to the focal length of the lens before it. (E.g., 28mm, 58mm, 105mm, etc.) I don’t need my wide-angle lenses to be AF, which is why they’re not, but there are many moments in the mid- to long-ranges where having AF capability is critical. That said, here is my AF lens line-up:

Nikkor AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

The Most Important, Versatile Tool I Own

I sold my fantastic 300 f/2.8G ED VR II lens to purchase the (admittedly slower, but delightfully-lighter) 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens. The f/2.8G was absolutely-excellent, but its 6.39 lb (2.90 kg) of weight simply limited the enjoyment I felt while casually hiking with it. In exactly the opposite fashion, the 300 f/4E PF—a fantastic instrument in its own right—but (at a modest 1.7 lb / .76 kg) it is so much more user-friendly! No longer do I need a tripod, this lens is designed for hand-held use, enabling me to obtain fantastic images without burdening myself with a bunch of gear. With the  1.4x TC III extender, and with the added 1.5x crop-factor of my D500, I now have an equivalent 630mm compact super-telephoto … that I can hand-hold all day. The 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is, without question, the most-used and most important lens I bring for all forms of wildlife. Quite possibly Nikon’s greatest invention.

See @ Nikon: Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED

The Ultimate Portrait Lens

This lens is on my wishlist.

See @ Nikon: Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED

NIKKOR AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED

The Auto Focus 'Otus'

This lens is on my wish list.

See @ Nikon: Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED