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Old Aug 7, 2010, 5:43 PM   #1
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Ok I just went on craigslist and saw this post added today.

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...886318414.html

Is that this lens below...

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-70-300mm...1220481&sr=8-1

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Old Aug 7, 2010, 5:52 PM   #2
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The Tamron you're looking at is a better lens optically.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ni...-ld-macro.html

Every manufacturer has good and not so good lenses (and that Nikkor is in the not so good category, even though that particular version has a bit better build quality compared to the latest G version). In the budget 70-300mm category, I'd go with the Tamron you're looking at. It's got it's faults (softer on it's longer end, especially at wide open apertures). But, you'll have the same thing with other budget 70-300mm lenses, including that Nikkor and the Sigma you're looking at. Personally, I'd go with the Tamron in that market niche.
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The Tamron you're looking at is a better lens optically.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ni...-ld-macro.html

Every manufacturer has good and not so good lenses (and that Nikkor is in the not so good category, even though that particular version has a bit better build quality compared to the latest G version). In the budget 70-300mm category, I'd go with the Tamron you're looking at. It's got it's faults (softer on it's longer end, especially at wide open apertures). But, you'll have the same thing with other budget 70-300mm lenses, including that Nikkor and the Sigma you're looking at. Personally, I'd go with the Tamron in that market niche.
Isn't there 2 nikon 70-300mm lenses? The $130 one and the $600 one. Which one is that on craigslist i just posted?
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There are multiple Nikkor 70-300mm lenses. That one is discontinued (replaced by a newer G model with the same optics). I would not pay attention to the Amazon listing. That price is *way* too high for that lens. You'll often see dealers listing discontinued lenses at outrageous prices there, hoping someone will "bite". ;-)

You can buy the much better VR (Vibration Reduction) version for that much.

The Nikkor you're looking at is worth a bit over $100 in EX condition from reputable dealers (and I'd expect to pay less from individuals that don't offer any warranty). Here are some listings for that lens from a very reputable vendor (and they include a 60 day warranty).

http://www.keh.com/camera/Nikon-Auto...990366870?r=FE

I'd go with the Tamron you're looking at instead.
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Yes, they are the same lens.

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Isn't there 2 nikon 70-300mm lenses? The $130 one and the $600 one. Which one is that on craigslist i just posted?
Yes. Nikon has two 70-300 lenses. Those two links are not to either of them, but to the older, very much inferior 'D' lens. The current lens, which is superior, is the G IF-ED AF-S VR. See:

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR Nikkor (Tested) (the current model)

Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED AF Nikkor (Tested) (the model you've provided links to)
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IOW, when looking at listings from vendors on Amazon, keep P.T. Barnum's words in mind if you don't want to spend a lot more than you should for a lens (or other item).

Vendors listing discontinued gear at outrageous prices is a relatively common practice, as not all buyers are going to ask questions about an item like you're doing here.
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Thanks guys. So I should just go for the Tamron rather than the sigma and nikon that I was looking at?
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That's would I'd do if shopping for a budget 70-300mm lens (go for the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro between the choices you've been looking at).
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Ok. The nikon also doesn't even have a macro feature.
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So this is the one I'm buying for my d50 on thursday.

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rd...856491041.html

That is the correct one?
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