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Old Mar 4, 2011, 11:47 AM   #51
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Got the lens today and am pretty like it.

Really glad I picked the 70-300 over the 70-200. The extra 100m is so

The Kenko TC 1.4x looks very cool. Can't figure where to use it though, 300mm seems enough for my needs atm
Congrats on your new lens! You'll love the lens the more you use it.


I'd still consider the TC down the road, Why?
Now that I've found that the quality is just fine with the TC, I haven't taken it off.
Pretty hard range to beat. 100-420mm versus 70-300mm... a no brainer for me.
Goes perfect with my other camera's Nikkor 18-105mm VR too!

The only time I'll take the TC off is when I have a low light situation, but I can always bump up the ISO too.
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I'm happy for your purchase guys, the next few days I should be making my decision/purchase. Where did you buy your lens from and what did you pay. Thanks

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Old Mar 7, 2011, 11:30 PM   #53
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I'm happy for your purchase guys, the next few days I should be making my decision/purchase. Where did you buy your lens from and what did you pay. Thanks
Got mine at B&H like I do most photography equipment. Like their service very much. Been using them since the 70's. I forget what I paid for the lens though.
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Thanks! Paid mine a bit higher ($479, imported) to get the lens sooner

On a side note, for an amateur photographer like me, I still couldn't see any difference on both photographs taken at 70mm same settings (18-105mm vs 70-300mm). This Nikon 70-300mm really worth the buck, imo.

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Besides, if you ever decide to sell your lens or camera with the lens, you will get more for the Nikon gear.
Kenko TC 1.4X is next
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Old Mar 8, 2011, 1:16 AM   #55
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Thanks! Paid mine a bit higher ($479, imported) to get the lens sooner

On a side note, for an amateur photographer like me, I still couldn't see any difference on both photographs taken at 70mm same settings (18-105mm vs 70-300mm). This Nikon 70-300mm really worth the buck, imo.

Kenko TC 1.4X is next
And that's why you won't regret getting the TC. I really like that TC combo.
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Old Mar 12, 2011, 2:06 PM   #56
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Default I have Tamron lenses but the 70-300mm was a huge disappointment for me.

I'm not bragging, but I'm a huge Tamron fan. I own a Tamron 18-270mm (actually I just got that as I traded in my 18-200mm @ Unique Photo) I also have a Tamron 200-500mm telephoto, a Tamrom 17-50mm f2.8 and a Tamron 70-200mm f2.8.
I bought the 70-300mm Tamron for sporting events. The 18-200 just wasn't getting me close enough, and I was finding that often the 200-500mm got me too close from the start. I used the 70-300mm for just one day, and was very unhappy with the results. I took photos at a lacrosse game in bright sunlight. I use a monopod for sports photography to better steady the camera. The results were abysmal. Not even one shot was crisp and clear. I took over 300 photos that day, and they all went into the recycle bin. Every picture had a murky, grainy appearance. I went back to the camera store (Photo Zone in Parsippany, NJ) and told them that I was very dissatisfied. They offered to refund my money, or I could apply what I paid for the Tamron towards a Nikon 70-300mm. I opted for the Nikon, and have been nothing but thrilled with the results. From what I have read in other reviews, I may have gotten a bad lens. It happens even with luxury cars, why not lenses too? That is the only Tamron lens that I have been unhappy with.
I'm not a cheapskate, and I don't buy Tamron lenses just because they are less money than their Nikon counterparts. My thought is this: I'm not a professional photographer, so I don't use my camera to make money. I suspect that Nikon or Canon lenses are likely to be somewhat better lenses than Tamrons, but at twice to three times the cost, I don't think that they are two or three times better. I use a Nikon D300 and a D7000 and have some of my prints enlarged to poster size and am thrilled with the sharpness and clarity even at extreme enlargement sizes.
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It happens with any make or model whether it be the manufacturers model or third party. What is most important is to be happy with whatever you decide to put your hard earned money towards. It should deliver or exceed expectations as advertised by the companies that compete for our business. It is great to know you have a reputable store in which they will accommodate you on being happy with what you buy. That's good business.

By the way, did you try 3d tracking for focus with your cameras? Also, if you were using a monopod did you turn the VC off?

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One tip I'd like to pass on for anyone with a higher end camera buying a new
lens of any brand - Use the "AF Fine Tune" feature...!

Both my new lenses needed some adjustment... The Nikon 70-300VR needed
a -4 setting and the Sigma 17-70 Macro OS HSM needed a -11...

Both lenses (IMHO) are tack on at all focal lengths now...
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One tip I'd like to pass on for anyone with a higher end camera buying a new
lens of any brand - Use the "AF Fine Tune" feature...!

Both my new lenses needed some adjustment... The Nikon 70-300VR needed
a -4 setting and the Sigma 17-70 Macro OS HSM needed a -11...

Both lenses (IMHO) are tack on at all focal lengths now...
OK, I've never done that. How is it done. Is it in the users manual?
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Old Mar 13, 2011, 1:28 PM   #60
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OK, I've never done that. How is it done. Is it in the users manual?
Page 246 of pdf manual

>Setup Menu (little wrench)
>AF Fine Tune
>In menu turn AF Fine turn "On"

"Saved Value"
This is a value you set for the lens that is attached... The camera will save that
value so whenever you attach that lens (and AF Fune Tune is turned on) it will be
applied... The camera can save values for up to 12 lenses...

"Default"
This is a "Global" value that would be applied to ALL lenses and would be on top
of any "Saved Value" you've already set for your lenses... I leave mine at 0 (zero)...

"List Saved Values"
Here you will find a list of all the lenses you have saved a value for... You can also
number them (I've numbered my Sigma 17-70 as "1" and my Nikon 70-300 as "2")
and you can delete them from the list here as well...

I use a tripod and 10 second delay and take a series of images of a static
subject, example; Three AA batteries placed approx 3 inces apart at a 45
degree angle... I focus on the center battery and take a shot then view it on
my computer to see if focus seems to be more in front of the subject (front
focus) or to the rear of the subject (back focus) and then work the offset
value in AF Fine Tune + or - until the subject is in sharp focus... Then, when
I think I've got it right, I go ahead and shoot random subjects at different
focal lengths and apertures and conferm that the images are sharp, fine tuning
more if needed...

Hope that helps...
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