Nikon 300mm f4 softness on D7100

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Nikon 300mm f4 softness on D7100
Mar 16, 2014

Received a used 300mm f4 lens and am not getting the sharpness I expected from this highly touted lens.  The below pics were at taken on a monopod.   I've taken pics with my tamron 75-300 and the quality of those were equal to this lens.  Thinking it has some issue and considering returning it. Thought I'd seek some input here before I return the lens.  I don't have any sharpness issues with my other lens i use on the same camera.

 Cincy's gear list:Cincy's gear list
Nikon D7100 Nikon D750 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR +2 more
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