Budget Z telephoto or telephoto zoom choices

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Budget Z telephoto or telephoto zoom choices

As a hobbyist with a somewhat low budget, I "ease into" good Nikkor glass.  In the F--mount days, that meant buying outdated but formerly top-grade lenses, like my AF 80-200 f/2.8 one-ring zoom, AF 180mm f/2.8 or AF 300mm f/4.  I still love these lenses.  I also picked up an AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E.

My lightweight zooms include the AF 70-210 f/4-5.6D and AF 70-300 f/4-5.6D which were purchased at ridiculously cheap used prices. These lenses are handy, but don't compare to the ones previously mentioned.

After buying a Z 7II and accumulating some Z-mount glass, I am anxious to expand my Z lens selection.  But the budget issue rears its ugly head; these things are pricey.  I'm happy with my 14-30/4 S, 24-70/4 S, 50/1.8 S and 40/2.  Along with my FTZII and my older Nikkor stuff, I feel almost well-equipped enough.

Except that my F-mount telephoto stuff is all screw-drive (except for the somewhat impracticably large 200-500mm).  I don't have a handy Z-mount telephoto or telephoto zoom and the affordable choices don't excite me much.  When I see the "6.3" in the max aperture figures for the Nikkor 24-200/4-6.3 or Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3, it turns me off.

Should I accept these small max apertures as my only choice?  Should I wait a while and see what comes around?

What are your thoughts?

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Nikon D200 Nikon D750 Nikon D500 Nikon Z7 II Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G +20 more
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