I have recently taken up photography and am particularly interested in shots of bird-life, so your Best Nikon Lenses For Wildlife article is of much interest to me. So much so, that I am now intending to purchase your suggested 300mm f/4 AF-S & TC-14E II combination for use with my D7100.
You did not include the 200VR in your list of lenses. It is hands down the best possible Nikon lens to shoot larger birds of prey in flight at close range with its very fast focus (faster than the 300VR). I know this is a fairly esoteric use, just saying.
|AF-S VR Zoom Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED||Best Nikon Zoom lens|
|Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS||Best Sigma Zoom lens|
|Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD||Best Tamron Zoom lens|
What are the best Nikon lenses for wildlife photography? Our readers often ask us about lenses for nature photography and while I have already written about which Nikon lenses I consider to be the best for , I have received numerous requests to write about lenses for wildlife photography as well. In this article, I will not only talk about which Nikon lenses I believe are the best for wildlife and nature photography, but also when I use a particular lens, along with plenty of image samples from each lens. Please keep in mind that the information I present below is a personal opinion based on my experience so far, which is subject to change. If you have a favorite lens of yours for wildlife photography that is not listed below, please feel free to add a comment on the bottom of the page with some information and links to pictures (if you have any that you would like to share).
My Pick for Best Nikon Standard lens (Prime Lens).
This is the lens that I will use for a wide variety of applications when zooming is not everything.