The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Nikon 300mm f4E PF VR and the Nikon 300mm f2.8G ED VR II for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Nikon 300mm f2.8G ED VR II is the longer of the two lenses at 268mm. The Nikon 300mm f4E PF VR with a length of 148mm is 120mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Nikon 300mm f2.8G ED VR II also has a larger diameter of 124mm compared to Nikon 300mm f4E PF VR's 89mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Nikon 300mm f4E PF VR weighs 750g, which means it is 2150g (74%) lighter than the Nikon 300mm f2.8G ED VR II which has a weight of 2900g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Telephoto Prime Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for size comparison purposes.
Telephoto Prime Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for Size Comparison
Both Nikon 300mm f4E PF VR and Nikon 300mm f2.8G ED VR II has the same Nikon F (FX) lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Nikon F (FX) lenses are Nikon D6, Nikon D780 and Nikon D3500.