The sec­ond­hand op­tion

NikonAF300mmf/4ED From £250, $400 www.nikon.com

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Rea­son­ably compact and not

overly heavy at 1.3kg, this Nikon lens went out of pro­duc­tion

back in 2000. It has an old-school aper­ture ring

that’s of no use on a D-SLR, and it lacks an in­ter­nal aut­o­fo­cus

ac­tu­a­tor, so fo­cus­ing is a strictly man­ual af­fair on

cam­eras like the D3300 and D5500. How­ever, it’s built

like a tank, com­plete with full metal jacket. For stur­di­ness

and ro­bust­ness, it puts most of Nikon’s newer

plas­tic-bar­relled lenses to shame. As a prime lens, it has a 300mm

fo­cal length and noth­ing less. How­ever, with

a widest aper­ture of f/4, it’s a full f/stop faster than

70-300mm zoom lenses. This old-school Nikon also comes

with a tri­pod col­lar and built- re­tractable lens hood. in,

Nikon’s lat­est 300mm f/4 lens (pic­tured) costs

around £1640/ $2000, making the old-style 300mm a mas­sively cheaper

sec­ond-hand buy

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