How much better is Nikon AF-S II to AF-S ?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Dave, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I'm thinking of buying a used 500 f4 or 600 mm f4 lens for wildlife
    (mainly bird) photography. Some are AF-S and some are AF-S II. Does
    anyone know if the AF-S II is much better than AF-S?

    VR is out of my price range, so that is not a consideration.

    It's to be used on a Nikon D3 body. (That is an invitation for David to
    post one of his silly comments).
    Dave, Sep 1, 2008
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  2. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Thanks. The much faster was what I was hoping to hear. If it was a bit
    faster, then I would not bother paying the extra.
    VR for that money? I've yet to see a VR go for that. If you mean a
    non-VR, AF-S II, then I would agree. There's a 600mm on for auction on
    eBay at the minute, but the seller will not ship outside the USA, which
    is annoying as I'm in the UK. Given the high shipping costs and the fact
    I'm likely to pay VAT when a lens is imported to the UK, I will pay a
    bit more for one in the UK.
    I have both the 1.4x TC-14EII and the 2x too (TC-20EII I think). I was
    looking at getting the 1.7x, as I believe it is better quality than the
    2x. The 1.4x is nice, but a bit short on focal length. I think the 1.7x
    might be a better compromise.
    Dave, Sep 1, 2008
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  3. Dave

    Guest Guest

    some do, however, they call it a 'cash discount' because the merchant
    agreement prohibits charging extra for using the card. nevertheless, i
    have seen some places charge extra when using a credit card.
    it's against paypal's rules to charge extra for using paypal, but i've
    seen that happen too.
    some places will discount a non-credit card price.
    Guest, Sep 2, 2008
  4. Dave

    Guest Guest

    i know of a gas station that consistently has the lowest price around.
    they are 'cash only.'
    Guest, Sep 2, 2008
  5. Dave

    Dave Guest

    You must mean another auction. I see this one

    which is AFS-S, but not AF-S II. The seller is not adding any surcharge
    on. However, she would not accept my bid from the UK.

    I also had my eyes on a 500 mm AF-S II f4 on

    As a matter of interest, what do you think about this sellers tactics.

    He offers 'cash-back' after one leaves *postive* feedback. That I feel
    is equivalent to buying postitive feedback, but eBay seem to think it is
    ok, since I reported this seller over a week ago, but his tactics remain
    the same.

    I've seen a few places say the 1.7x is sharper than the 2x.
    Dave, Sep 2, 2008
  6. Restaurants don't do that. But for many years, Mountain Equipment Co-op
    offered a 2% discount for using cash/cheque instead of credit card.
    Apparently the CC companies wouldn't let them charge extra for credit,
    but they could phrase it as a discount for cash.

    And even today, all the local computer system builders charge a few
    percent extra for credit card payment. Their advertised prices are for
    cash/debit, and they note that these are "already discounted" prices.
    They've been doing it for years.

    Dave Martindale, Sep 2, 2008
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