Nikon 300mm F4.5 AI questions

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garyosborne
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Nikon 300mm F4.5 AI questions
Nov 30, 2010

Does anyone have this lens? I have found 1 second hand for the equiv of $300. Seen here:

Here's the story. It's got fungus on a few rear elements....focus seems smooth, no oil on blades. I stuck it on my D700 but lack of worthy opportunities (couldn't take it out the shop) meant not meaningful tests.

I live HK...fungus is common. I can get it cleaned relatively easy so thats not a real concern at this stage. I am interested in getting to 600mm equiv on a D700. looking for feedback on:

-whats the perceived IQ like? i can't find much thru sources like Thom Hogan.

-experience with TC's

  • Is this a good price....its the non ED version...which he also had but was more than 2x the price

I'm not into skimping to the nth degree at the cost of quality. i've had my heart set on the 300 AFS F4 but if this lens can hold its own i may consider. It's not IF which i would prefer but hey...what you think?

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