I purchased a used Nikon 70-300 mm f4-5.6 G AF lens last evening for $125.00. This is NOT the Nikon 70-300 mm lens with VR which has very good reviews. This is the one without VR, and the reviews of this lens are mostly not favorable. I knew what I was buying, and was willing to take a chance on this lens. I read Ken Rockwell's review and went out bird shooting today, using Ken Rockwell's recommendations to get the best IQ from this lens.
So far so good! I shot mostly at 300 mm's today, because it's the long reach that I am interested in and wanted to experiment with. Here are a few gull in flight shots. I stopped down the lens to f11, and set the ISO to 500 to get the shutter speed that I wanted.
This first image was shot at ISO 500, 1/640, f11with a focal length of 300mm.
Here's another shot:
This second shot is ISO 500, 1/320, f11, with a focal length of 300mm
I also went through the cemetery today and took a few pictures of the Robins:
This was shot at ISO 500, 1/320, f11, focal length of 300 mm