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Nikkor 300 AI 4.5 and D200

Leonard62

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"RE: Nikkor 300 AI 4.5 and D200"

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Thu 28-Jun-12 05:25 PM | edited Thu 28-Jun-12 06:29 PM by Leonard62

>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.

Len

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