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Old Jan 31, 2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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I've been looking into this purchase for acouple of weeksand would like your opinions on my choices. I'm new to this and after my research I want to make sure I'm not purchasing (especially a lens) that others have found to be less than they expected.

I'm planning to order

Nikon D300

Sigma 10-20

Nikon 18-70

Nikon 85mm 1.8 (I want to take portrait shots of my family)

Nikon 70-300 VR

You thoughts on this will be helpful before I pull the trigger. This fits into the amount I've got to spend. Thanks for looking.
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Old Jan 31, 2008, 1:07 PM   #2
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Although the 85mm is a great lens, it's really a bit redundant as your zoom 70-300 covers this length. It's certainly too long for indoor work (unless you have a large studio). You do get the benefit of f1.8, but the lens is a bit soft wide open (like most at this aperature) and you'll have razor thin DOF, making focus tougher, especially for group shots. I would probably go with the 50mm or maybe even a 35 or 28mm...at least you'd be able to use either of these indoors and you'll still have the benefit of the wide aperature.

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Old Jan 31, 2008, 4:55 PM   #3
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the 85 1.8 is an amazing lens and certainly has some advantages over the 70-300's 85mm (aperture, and pherhaps contrast). So yeah, don't take it off the list.
But you might want to add the 50mm 1.8 as it's very cheap and a must have.
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Old Jan 31, 2008, 7:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I have read some great reviews of the 85mm. I will probably get it. My biggest question now is should I wait and get the new 16-85 as the walk around vs the 18-70. Oh well - I'm trying to find a place now that has all of this in stock. The d300 coupled with the 70-300 VR now has a $150 instant discount - if you can find it in stock.
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I have my D300 and 18-200VR since late November and have sinced learned, as a people photog, I don't need another lens..until I get my back-up D300.

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I have my D300 and 18-200VR since late November and have sinced learned, as a people photog, I don't need another lens..until I get my back-up D300.

Nicholas
I've heard some great reviews on the 18-200VR lens. I've got a Nikon D70 with the stock 18-70mm lens. Is it worth upgrading to the 18-200mm VR? Will I loose anything?

I'm drooling now because I'd love to upgrade to the D300!!

Let us know how much you like it

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Old Feb 1, 2008, 1:19 AM   #7
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I bought a D300 just two days ago and I have only used a 70-300mm VR on it. The 18-200mm VR is still on the D80, mainly because ever since I have had it, it has been the BEST lens to go out armed with. Sure you can get better lenses to do a specific job but if you want a lens that can get you great shots and is ridiculously easy to use, the 18-200mm VR is a very wise choice. I know dedicated photgraphers may not like to hear words like - "forget the specs" but - forget the specs, because once you use it, you will see why it gets good reviews... As I have said before - it's not a great lens but it's a "lens that everyone should have"... A wide focal range and reasonable to great pics from it. The only thing you should have to decide on is the price. If you can even nearly justify spending that much for it, DO IT...!!!

Over this weekend, I am going to fit it to the D300. I am sure it will suit it downto the ground...

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I have a 70-200VR and it is wonderful It is supposed to be the best glass Nikon makes. I use it also with a 2x teleconverter and literally shoot the moon. My D300 is coming tomorrow but I have a D70.
For those of you who want to play with a very inezpensive but fun lens, Opteka has a 500mm lens for less than $100 and it has a Nikon adaptor included. Not crisp but it can shoot the moon.
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I have a 70-200VR and it is wonderful It is supposed to be the best glass Nikon makes. I use it also with a 2x teleconverter and literally shoot the moon. My D300 is coming tomorrow but I have a D70.
For those of you who want to play with a very inezpensive but fun lens, Opteka has a 500mm lens for less than $100 and it has a Nikon adaptor included. Not crisp but it can shoot the moon.
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Which TeleConverter do you use with the 70-200mmVR.. Do you know if it will fit either the 18-200VR and/or 70-300mmVR with full control e.g AF etc... As a rule I am not that excited about tele's but I bought a 1.4x one for my Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 and it actually gives me great results without any "real" loss of quality...
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Nikon doesn't recommend the use of converters with those two lenses (the 18-200/70-300). The elements can extend into the teleconverter if you're not careful, possibly causing damage. Also, the the teleconverter would put you past the point of AF for all but the shortest focal lengths, making the tele converter useless...you would only want to use it at the longest lengths. Teleconverters typically only work well with sharp, fast glass, usually only primes, although the 70-200 is such a great lens a tele would work well with it.
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