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Old May 21, 2004, 9:56 AM   #1
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Nikon seems to have several zoom telephotos appropriate for the D70. They seem to be very reasonably priced. Does anyone have any thoughts on these?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...149607&is=GREY

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...207359&is=GREY

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...277215&is=GREY

I note that they are grey market, but from a reliable dealer (BandH). Does that alarm anyone in purchasing a lens? It's not exactly the biggest investment in the world if something should go wrong.

I appreciate any thoughts and experience you may have on this. The 70mm-300mm f4.0-f5.6 looks most interesting at $265.

I also posted this on another forum, but I know this forum has many different members who's opinions I value, so I'll duplicate.

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Old May 21, 2004, 10:24 AM   #2
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Deane,

I have the 2nd one in your list the Nikon 70-300mm 4/5.6 G lens. I paid £70 in UK 2nd user and am happy with it considering the price... I think the other two are more expensive because they use the ED glass (extra low dispersion ?) though I wouldn't like to say how good/much difference this makes.

The only problems I've found with the lens are;

1. Fairly soft at 300mm

2. Autofocus is slow, clunky nd noisy (and external too)

3. Purple fringing at 300mm

Nevertheless, seen as it cost me less than 10% of the d70 body I'm still happy until I can get hold of something better. :-)

Some Pictures I've taken with the 300mm lens here...

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jimbojetset/Taunton.htm

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jimbojetset/example3.htm (shows fringing)

also see this thread on nikon lenses...

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=66

Hope this helps a bit. JIm






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Old May 21, 2004, 11:13 AM   #3
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It helps a lot Jim. Thanks. Now I feel I'm beginning to get a feel for what these lenses are all about.

I suppose a question I might have to ask myself is "do I need a lens that goes out to 300mm", which must be about 450mm on the D70 (35mm equivelent). Perhaps the 28-200mm f3.5-5.6G ED-IF would have fewer issues.

Anyone have experience with it?



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Old May 21, 2004, 11:27 AM   #4
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Depends what your shooting I guess, for me (sports) the 200mm (300 equiv.) wouldn't be enough but like you said itdepends what you're doingwith it.

On another note,it does annoy me thatmy lens new over here costs £99 and yet it is $99in the U.S. despite it being near $2 to £1 i think!!! :evil:Oh well
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What I might be shooting is indeed the issue. Unfortunately, I don't have anything specific in mind. Might take it to the zoo once. Won't do any sports, wildlife, etc.

I suppose that leads to the question as to why I even need one. And that leads me to wondering if the 28-200 isn't more useful for a general purpose long lens.

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Speedwise, how does the Sigma APO Super Macro II compare to both the 70-300 G and the 70-300 ED? I've read about the G being a bit slow, but I've seen various reports of the Sigma.

Also, if you're looking at that 70-300 ED lens, isn't Nikon offering a rebate that would make a new US version cheaper than the grey market one? Seems like I've seen the US version ED for about $250 after rebate.
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