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 f4D ED-IF for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
The size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses. Nikon 300mm f4D ED-IF is the longer of the two lenses at 223mm. The Nikon 300mm f4E PF VR with a length of 148mm, is 75mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Nikon 300mm f4D ED-IF also has a larger diameter of 90mm compared to the Nikon 300mm f4E PF VR's 89mm diameter.
The 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 690g (47%) lighter than the Nikon 300mm f4D ED-IF which has a weight of 1440g.
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 the Nikon 300mm f4E PF VR and the Nikon 300mm f4D ED-IF 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.
Both lenses have the same focal range of 300mm and the fastest aperture of F4.0.