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southworths Oct 26, 2009 10:43 AM

Zoom Lens Reccomendation for Nikon D70
 
:confused:I am a amateur photographer looking for a new lens for my Nikon D70. My price range is under $500 and I would like some sort of telephoto zoom lens in the 300mm range. Please help.

Hards80 Oct 26, 2009 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by southworths (Post 1013229)
:confused:I am a amateur photographer looking for a new lens for my Nikon D70. My price range is under $500 and I would like some sort of telephoto zoom lens in the 300mm range. Please help.

you may want to ask this question in the nikon lens forum
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/nikon-lenses-62/

TCav Oct 26, 2009 2:11 PM

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Originally Posted by southworths (Post 1013229)
:confused:I am a amateur photographer looking for a new lens for my Nikon D70. My price range is under $500 and I would like some sort of telephoto zoom lens in the 300mm range. Please help.

The Tamron 70-300 Di LD ($170) is better than anything at twice the price, but the Nikon 70-300 AF-S VR ($540) is better still, and it's stabilized.

JimC Oct 26, 2009 2:55 PM

southworths

Welcome to the forums.

You posted this question in our Canon Lenses forum. So, I've moved your posts into a separate thread within our Nikon Lenses forum, so that you'll have a better chance at getting more informed responses.

I'd probably take a look at the Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR lens if you can stretch your budget a few bucks (it's around $539 now at popular vendors of used gear), since it would have a bit faster AF compared to less expensive lenses with 300mm available, with the added benefit of being stabilized.

Hopefully, some of our Nikon shooters will chime in with opinions.



southworths Oct 27, 2009 7:40 AM

Thanks for your help with moving me threads. Not sure how I posted that there.

KDKarlson Oct 29, 2009 4:54 PM

If you have a fair amount of light, the 70-300VR is great, but I tried to shoot at a night Padres baseball game and was not satisfied with the results.

cczych Oct 30, 2009 3:28 PM

I have the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR that I use with a D80 - it is a great lens and I highly recommend it. The only issue is it is a bit above your $500 budget. There is a non-VR version Nikon lens in the same range but for $160-ish - this would work if you plan on shooting with a tripod at the 300mm end. Otherwise - highly recommend stretching the budget and going for the VR 70-300mm.

southworths Oct 30, 2009 6:30 PM

Thanks. I think I will be going with the VR 70-300mm.

TCav Oct 30, 2009 7:29 PM

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Originally Posted by southworths (Post 1014718)
Thanks. I think I will be going with the VR 70-300mm.

Good luck with it. And come back and post soem photos when you have a chance.

gregg Nov 12, 2009 2:41 AM

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I know you made your choice. But for others who might read this, who like me are on a tight budget...I picked up a quantaray 18-200mm OS for $190 on craigslist about a year ago. Strangely, they say this lens is sharper then the nikon at 18 and 200mm. It is a re-branded sigma and now goes for about $400. It can be a little softer at wide apertures, but in the florida sunshine it certainly isn't hard to step down for a slightly sharper picture...at least 7.1....and the sweet setting f9-11. I use it on a d40 and d70. The pics below were taken on a d40...please excuse any minor noise, I used 800 or 1600 to catch my bucs at pre-season practice in august...this was my first attempt at sports photography....there was no post processing...only some cropping and re-sizing. Oh, i found this lens to be a little warm...no problem...I set my d40 at 1a, sharp +1, contrast +1

my 2 cents for what it's worth


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