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Old Feb 25, 2005, 5:14 PM   #1
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A need a good quality lense for my nikon D70 in the range of 70-300 . could anybody suggest some lense that are not expensive for general use. I know the more expenseive lense give better image quality but money is short right now.

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Old Feb 25, 2005, 5:38 PM   #2
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I like my Sigma 70-300mm APO super Macro 2 lens. It's not expensive and is capable of sharp pictures.



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Old Feb 26, 2005, 4:52 PM   #3
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If you can spend around $200 usd the lens listed above is an excellent performer in this price range.
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I also would suggest the Sigma, assuming that's the budget you have in mind. If your budget was higher (i.e. $800 or so) I would say go with the Sigma 70-200 HSM 2.8 or Nikon 80-200 2.8 lens.
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Old Feb 27, 2005, 12:37 PM   #5
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got the sigma 70-300 APO Macro Super II, too!

I'm very satisfied.

But take care that -in case you decide to get that lens- you get the right one. "Sigma 70-300/f4.0-5.6 APO Macro Super II" is the one to get.
There are also some older verions, or non-APO lenses which don't perform as good.

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Old Feb 27, 2005, 7:58 PM   #6
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Thanks for your help

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Old Feb 27, 2005, 11:00 PM   #7
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how this sigma (70-300 APO) comppare to the 70-200/2.8 HSM? Is it worth the difference? the 70-200/2.8 HSM is about twice the price of the 70-300 APO.

while we are comparing lenses how does one compare the kits lens (18-70) to the more expensive alternates (sigma 18-50/2.8 or nikon 17-55)?
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Dont compare oranges with apples!
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The first (additional) lens I got for my D70 was the wide-angle, AF-S 12-24 1.4 G Nikkor ED. Mostly because I plan to do underwater photos in Hawaii and the Caribbean. A little pricey, but a beautiful piece of glass.

Then, I bought the Tamaron 28-300 XR LD zoom tele, thinking that would cover all the ranges I'd need. A really nice lens for the price ($300-400). What I loved about it was how small and light it was. Great for schlepping around. The auto focus is pretty slow unfortunately.

After that, the little devil on my shoulder talked me into stepping into the big leagues. On a trip to Singapore, I visited my favorite photo store and purchased the AF-S VR 70-200 2.8 Nikkor ED. This is the mac-daddy of mid range zooms. Super fast auto focus and incredible optics. A bit large and heavy though... So to help me justify this investment, I traded in my Tamaron to try and offset the pain.

Carrying this big lens around makes me think about my old feather weight friend. I think for the price you can't beat it.
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