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1:will this lens work well with my 300s? 2:what would the effective telephoto size be with the dx chip? 3: why doesn't Nikon make this lens with VR?

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1 yes. 2 85 x 1.5 . 3 i dont know.
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I forgot to answer your second question, about why this lens does not have VR.

The reason is that this is a lens designed primarilly for portraiture with an FX camera. The rule of thumb for an FX camera is that the shutter speed should be 1/focal length or 1/85th. It is usually easy to maintain at least 1/85th shutter for portraiture, so they didn't include VR.

However, on a DX camera the rule of thumb is that the shutter speed should be 1/effective focal length or 1/127.5. This is a little harder to achieve, but is still fine for studio work, so it is still an excellent lens for a DX camera, even without VR.

If you are looking for a lens to do low ambient available light candids, the 85mm f/1.4 may not be the best choice. A better lens on your D300s might be the 50mm f/1.4. That will have an effective focal length of 75.5mm (on a DX camera), so you will be able to handhold without VR to a shutter speed of 1/75.

Another great DX lens for available light is the 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens. The zoom range is perfect on a DX camera for parties, receptions, family pics, etc, and it is tack sharp at f/2.8.
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This is an FX lens, meaning it will project an image circle large enough to cover an FX sensor (same size as a 35mm film camera).

Your D300s has a DX size sensor, which is smaller than an FX sensor, so the projection circle of this lens easily covers the DX sensor.

The DX sensor is said to have a 1.5X Crop Factor because with its projection circle, it 'crops' out 0.7X of the area the lens projects. And if you multiply the area of the DX sensor by 1.5, it will equal the area of the FX sensor.

The other requirement of this lens is that the camera must have a focusing screw driver. The D300s has a focusing screw driver (as do all of the higher end Nikon DSLRs).

So, yes, it will work on your D300s, and it is a wonderful portrait lens if you have a big enough studio. I say this because the 1.5X crop factor makes this lens act like a 127.5mm telephoto lens. This means that you will have to stand back quite a bit farther to get your subject to fit into the frame, so you need a bigger studio.

Also the depth of field of this lens will be slightly greater on a DX camera than on an FX camera. This means you will have to open it up slightly wider to achieve similar background blur on your D300s compared to an FX camera.
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Yes it is compatible with the 300s, effective 127mm in DX
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Is the 85mm 1.4D compatible with the TC-17E AF-S teleconverter?

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No. The AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF lens is compatible with Nikon manual focus teleconverters TC-201 and TC-14a.
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No, tc's will not fit the 85mm
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Will this lens (85 mm f1.4D IF) auto-focus on my D-5000?

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No. The D5000 requires AF-S lenses for auto-focus. Here is the new AF-S version of this lens: http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/2195/AF-S-NIKKOR-85mm-f%252F1.4G.html
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Will this lens autofocus on my D7000 and D90 cameras?

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Yes.
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will this lens 85mm af f/1.4D if lens work with the d80 nikon

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Yes. The 85mm f/1.4D, as all "D" lenses, will meter and autofocus with any Nikon digital camera with an in-body motor. The Nikon D80 is one such body that has an in-body motor.

Note that higher end bodies have more powerful motors so it will not focus as fast as say a D3S. In practice, though I haven't noticed the difference to be significant between the speed of this lens on my Nikon D70, D200 and D3.
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ABOUT OTHER BODY

WHY THIS 85MM1.4D NIKKOR DID NOT AUTO FOCUS ON MY FUJI S3 PRO EVENTHOUGH IT HAS A SCREW AF PRONG ON HIS BODY...
MY SECOND QUESTION IS EVENTHOUGH IT DID NOT AUTOFOCUS IT WILL BE METERED ACCORDING TO TTL METERING
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We cannot guarantee functionality with a third party product. Please get in contact with them for support and compatibility information.
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Is this lens compatible with a D7000

I saw a comment that it's compatible with a D300 and all higher range bodies but I want to be sure it will work, no problems, with a D7000.
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Yes full function
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may i ask what's the difference between the D and G model of this lens 85mm f/1.4? which is better for my D7000? Thanks!

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D lenses have an aperture control ring which you would noy use on the D7000 as the aperture is controlled by the camera. The G lenses do not have the aperture ring.
I would get the AF-S 85mm 1.4G.
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does this lens work with d40x?

I am impressed with these lenses, almost bought it and thought of checking the compatibility, does this work with d40x?
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Yes but will be manual focus only
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My wife just bought the new D7100. Checking to see if this lens compatible with that camera for her Chrismas gift?

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Yes it is.
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will this lens work on a D5200!

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It will work but manual focus only. Neither the lens or camera have built in focus motors. You need lenses designated with AF-S or the older AF-I both have a built in focus motor

. http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d5200/compatibility02.htm
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