Nikon 300mm AiS

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by igor_karevski, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. Hello and greetings to all. Recently i bought an Nikon F3 camera and i love it! i want to buy a nikon lens, as the saller said: nothing dust in glass. rear glass Deterioration of negligible coating.its show picture.its not influence picture. Focusing is OK. Aperture blades are OK so how much can a lens cost in this condition? i dont know how to upload photos so here's link:$_3.JPG
  2. And here is the coating..
  3. I have the 300mm/4.5 ED AI-S and it is a sharp lens if you can handle manual focus. Many of my Rocki Mountain images sgoot with this lens in my portfolio. The lens you have here is a NON ED lens, lens, in lower quality and as I can see, have fongi on it not coating problen. Az is, it is, worthlees.
  4. I'd agree with Bela - looks more like fungus. "Coating damage", I'd expect something that looks 'chipped', different colour in the reflection. This doesn't look that way. The lens should come really cheap, as it'll need a repair to try clean the lens (and it's not a given that it can always be done successfully).
    And congrats on the F3 - it is a magnificent camera indeed.
  5. I believe my 300mm f4.5 is an AI-S lens but it definitely has the ED glass. Look for one that looks like this:
    Mine is super sharp wide open on my F3HP and FM2n.
  6. Agree with others. ED glass is a way to go. You could normally pick one up (used) for $150-300. Have to work on my brakes, otherwise I'd post a typical photo from the 4.5
    Good luck
  7. I have had both the 300mm f/4.5 (non-ED IF) and f/2.8 ED-IF AIS Nikkors. Both are very sharp lenses, however the f/4.5 does exhibit some magenta color fringing, however it is not objectionable. The f/4.5 is so well made you can focus it all the way to the minimum focus setting, set it on a table and watch the weight of the internals turn the focusing ring to infinity.
    Go for it!!!
  8. "The f/4.5 is so well made you can focus it all the way to the minimum focus setting, set it on a table and watch the weight of the internals turn the focusing ring to infinity."​
    Scott, that's called focus creep, and really shouldn't happen on a well-made lens. Nor should zoom creep, since you might want to point the lens upwards or downwards and keep the framing and infinity or some other focus. That doesn't happen on my AI copy of 300mm f/4.5 lens. It's a heavy and ugly brute though.
    I agree with others that the "coating damage" is fungus, and unless it's on the outer side of the rear element it'll be a devilish job to clean away - if possible at all. +1 to leaving that lens alone unless it's at an absolute giveaway price.
    The non-IF/ED lens will be perfectly adequate for film use, but for digital I'd go for the ED version. It's lighter and better-looking too! Would I pay around $300 at the 'buy it now' asking prices though? Probably not. Tamron's 70-300 SP VC zoom is a better 300mm option, even though you lose a paltry half stop from the maximum aperture. You get closer focusing and the versatility of a zoom.
  9. Personally, I won't touch a lens with fungus. (Unless it's pre-Civil War and can easily be disassembled and sterilized.)
    Kent in SD
  10. Hard to tell what that is from the terrible picture - likely could just be dust. If it is dust these lenses are easy to have them cleaned as they come apart so easy to gain access to the internal elements.

    That being said, there are many 300/4.5 manual focus Nikkors. As others have said, get the ones with the ED designation as these will be significantly better optically than the non-ED versions.
    Of the ED versions, the non-IF ED versions are the best, but also much more rare and more expensive and heavier than the ED-IF versions. I have the 300/4.5 ED AI (non-IF) and it is a very very good lens on my D800 or A7RII - a bit better than the 300/4 AFS (at least the one copy I compared it to).
    I've owned the 300/4.5 ED-IF AIS and it was an OK lens - not bad, but not particularly great. This lens had a lot of dust inside and I had a local camera shop completely clean the inside elements for $150 or something like that, so if you have access to a good repair shop (or send it in somewhere) don't be afraid of dust. Fungus is a completely different issue - it may clean up perfectly or it may have permanently damaged the optical coating - hard to tell until you pull the lens apart.
    Good luck.
  11. Hello and many thanks for the answers. I
    bought another Nikkor 100-300mm f5.6 for 70$
    described as excelent and im waiting for it this
    week. Im planning to use it with my F3, so whats
    your recomendations, what should i look for
    when im photographing, anybody used this with
    film camera? Also i want to shoot the moon,
    because i dont know very much about telephoto
    lens, can you give me some advice for nikon
    teleconverters.. thank you very very much.

    I cant put the ebay link so you can see the lens, bit i will upload in another post.

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