I have experience where you are coming from, I bought a second hand D1x and coupled it with the Nikon 70-300mm G (Sub £100 kit lens) not the more expensive VR
version (£400 ish). As you can see below, this combination was used for these two shots so it is possible to get shots on here with that combination, but the sensor on mine was as dirty as hell (Didn't know that at the time....) and the quality above 1024px would be very difficult to get uploaded here
However my success rate was very low, and in fact I only managed to get these two uploaded years after they were taken when my editing skills had dramatically improved. When I was shooting with this combination at the time, I couldn't get one shot uploaded.
The first day I went to MAN
with my new combo of Nikon D90 with 70-300mm VR
lens I took this shot
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Photo © Jason Wood
It was my first upload to A.net, from then onwards I have had some decent success and even graced the front page a time or two! Still, I have plenty of rejections to this day so an upgrade of gear is no guarantee! I never got to try the D1x with the 70-300mm VR
lens so I cant comment on the combination, people have latterly said lust how poor a lens the old 70-300mm G is for longer shots, I can't comment on that as I am not a lens technician, I can only go by the results I had and they weren't that good! And if memory serves me right, the D1x didn't shoot RAW, I have to say that I find shooting RAW a god send for aviation, things move so quickly, the ability to tweak the exposure and/or white balance is a great backup for those moments when either you or the camera gets it wrong!
Hope this helps and feel free to ask any other questions you may have
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