While looking for a zoom I stumbled on one of these going cheap.
It seems optically fine, though the DOF will be pretty hard to master.
On my D800E it works as advertised and I look forward to trying it at some live music events at night.
I think it will also serve me pretty well as a long tele. Here on my D7000 with a Kenko 2x 300 Pro it becomes a 600mm f4. The berries are around 5-7mm in real life.
These are a 1:1 and 1:2 crops from as close as I could get to these Japanese Nandina berries. For floating ducks etc, I will need to apply a smaller aperture.
I will take it to be serviced this week as I don't think it has ever been touched and could use a good going over.