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Old Mar 31, 2004, 2:37 PM   #1
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Default Which 70-300mm lens under $400usd to choose for a D70

I got the D70 with the Nikkor 18-70mm lens included in the kit.

I need to get a lens with at least 200mm mainly to shot sport (ex: ski race). What can i find below $400usd?

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Old Mar 31, 2004, 2:55 PM   #2
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http://www.hertz-ladiges.com/galphoto/70300/70300.html

In the ED version! Cheap and true Nikon quality!
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Old Apr 9, 2004, 12:39 PM   #3
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This is exactly what I've been wondering about since I just got a D70. One Nikon 70-300 lens is a D series with ED glass, the other is a newer G series without the ED glass. Is ED glass the more important issue?

Also, I'm wanting to protect it with a skylight or UV filter. I realize it would be pointless to get a nice lens if an inferior filter would degrade the whole system. I've heard that the filter should be multicoated. Even among those, there's a wide price range.

What issues, features, brands should I consider in choosing a protective filter? Any specific recommendations?
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The non-ed lens is, in many users opinion, just as good as the ED version. I have tried both and own the ED. It's sharper and has an aperturering also. I recommend the ED version

Filters - go for Nikon or BW.
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Old Apr 22, 2004, 2:52 AM   #5
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I tried out that el-cheapo 70-300 Nikkor lens on my D70, even before taking a shot I was sorely disappointed with the slow and clunky AF. I guess it's a testiment to the quality of the kit lens with SWM. The focus on the 70-300 was not only slow but inaccurate to boot. I think I'll be saving up for a prime or the 70-200 VR.
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I tried out that el-cheapo 70-300 Nikkor lens on my D70, even before taking a shot I was sorely disappointed with the slow and clunky AF. I guess it's a testiment to the quality of the kit lens with SWM. The focus on the 70-300 was not only slow but inaccurate to boot. I think I'll be saving up for a prime or the 70-200 VR.

Yeah Ive got this lens and it is clunky and slow with autofocus but it is cheap... I got it 2nd user for less than 10% of the price for the D70 body. (£70)

Only other problem I've found is purple fringing, particularly bad with nightshots/longer exposures, but also evident in daylight conditions... see pictures here;

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jimbojetset/example3.htm

All the pictures have been cropped a bit, and resized.

I think as a stop gap measure until you (and I!) can afford something better, its pretty good for the price.

Jim


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