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Old May 30, 2007, 3:33 PM   #1
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I am looking for a decent long lens on a budget. I currently use a Sigma 70-300mm lense and it is very soft at long lengths. (250mm+)

I am looking onto buying a replacement lens for my Nikon D50, although I am on a tight budget (approx £150).

Does anyone have any advice on what I should be going for as I am not really sure what to go for - if at all replace my existing one.

I also have an 18-55mm Nikon kit lens and would like to know anyones opinion on what to go for.

Thanks in advance, Chris
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Old May 30, 2007, 9:17 PM   #2
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The Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED has a decent reputation for a consumer grade lans. See http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/index.php I used to have a Sigma 70-300mm APO DG MACRO but found I couldn't handhold it at all and get good results. I finaly traded it in on a Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED and haven't regrettted it. See http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=66 for a sample.
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Old Jun 8, 2007, 6:11 PM   #3
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Thanks bob for the reply. I have looked into these lenses and found the 70-300 nikkor slightly out of my budget. I have gone for the 55-200 VR Nikkor for now, and will sell my Sigma, as like you, could not hold the camera at long focal lengths and don't fancy carrying around a tripod!

Might still go for the 70-300 when can afford it, although hear the 55-200 is a very good all round lens.

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Old Jun 15, 2007, 5:14 AM   #4
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Bob is right on the dot. I was thinking of the low budget 70-300 when everyone says the VR version is definatelly better. Save for it if you can. I bought the 70-300mm because of some comments here and reviews that I have read.

Honestly is a good buy, and no regrets. The few hundred dollars more gave one of the best shots I ever taken in my life. The VR definately helps and even at 300mm, I get very decent pictures. After getting this lens, I know why it is worth paying extra money for good quality lenses.
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