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Old Jul 27, 2017, 1:54 PM   #1
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Hi moved into D5300 with 18-55 dx vrii and need some info. ive always liked to use a 70-300mm lens on my old pentex. so looking to buy a similar one with the Nikon in a VRII (or compatible third party stabilization). I see many 18-200, 55-200 also the same variety in a 300mm, has anyone seen a comparison of the 200 vs 300? can I get away with a 200 and crop to achieve that of a 300? Thanks in advance.
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Old Jul 27, 2017, 2:39 PM   #2
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Hi moved into D5300 with 18-55 dx vrii and need some info. ive always liked to use a 70-300mm lens on my old pentex. so looking to buy a similar one with the Nikon in a VRII (or compatible third party stabilization). I see many 18-200, 55-200 also the same variety in a 300mm, has anyone seen a comparison of the 200 vs 300? can I get away with a 200 and crop to achieve that of a 300? Thanks in advance.
The 18-200 and similar jack-of-all-trades-and-masters-of-none lenses try to do too much, and end up not doing anything well. The tend to not be as sharp, and have more distortion and vignetting at the wide end, than the 18-55 you've got now.

Nikon's 55-200 isn't very sharp at the long end, and has lots of vignetting at all focal lengths until you stop way down. Tamron's is less sharp but doesn't have the vignetting. So I'd say that you should steer clear of the 55-200 lenses.

As for the 70-300 lenses, don't get anything that costs less than $400. The image quality just isn't there. For the ones over $400, Nikon's and Tamron's are both pretty good.
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Thanks Tcav! Unfortunately that puts me over my original budget ..but its a lens i use a lot and will keep with me forever. I'd rather spend the money on a good lens. I'll keep looking for the deals and thanks for the help. I know what to look for know with confidence.
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Have you considered pre owned from a reputable retailer
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KEH.com is a reputable used photography equipment retailer. You could probably find something nice for a reasonable price there.

Keep in mind that image stabilization is relatively new so you may have trouble finding a stabilized version. But if you can keep the shutter speeds fast, then it doesn't matter.
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Here is the Tamron SP VC version. I have bought used lenses from Amazon and have been extremely happy with them, and their generous return policy. I bought a used 70-300 SP for my Sony DSLR, and it is a very sharp lens, at all focal lengths.

https://www.amazon.com/Tamron-70-300...s=Nikon+70-300
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The 18-200 and similar jack-of-all-trades-and-masters-of-none lenses try to do too much, and end up not doing anything well. The tend to not be as sharp, and have more distortion and vignetting at the wide end, than the 18-55 you've got now.

Nikon's 55-200 isn't very sharp at the long end, and has lots of vignetting at all focal lengths until you stop way down. Tamron's is less sharp but doesn't have the vignetting. So I'd say that you should steer clear of the 55-200 lenses.

As for the 70-300 lenses, don't get anything that costs less than $400. The image quality just isn't there. For the ones over $400, Nikon's and Tamron's are both pretty good.
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