>Is this the 300mm f/4.5 AI Nikkor-H lens? (This lens was >produced from the late 60's to early 80's.) If so, according >to Bjorn Rorslett (http://www.naturfotograf.com/index2.html) >it is mechanically excellent but optically not as great. He >rates early versions as 2 out of 5 and late versions as 3 out >of 5. For comparison, he rates the f/4.5 AI ED version as >4-4.5 on an FX camera and 5 on a DX camera. > >That being said, good long lens technique along with an >aperture around f/8 should result in good images. > >Good luck, >Richard
I have 4 versions of this lens, 300mm P, 300mm H, AI 300mm, AIS 300mm ED-IF.
The AI ED version mentioned in Bjorn's review is extremely rare, fewer than 900 made, and is not the version the OP has.
Of my 4 lenses only the AIS 300mm ED-IF can stand up to 100% magnification on the D200 or any other Nikon body I know of.
If you really want a lens that looks great at 100% you get the AFS 300mm f4 or any of the f2.8 versions. Enjoy what it is and don't pixel peep would be my recommendation.
edit: I've been looking for the AI ED version of this lens for two years now with no luck.