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Old Dec 29, 2004, 7:54 AM   #1
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Please share you experience if you used these lenses.

I heard that there's no diference in practice between them. Only the metal bayonet and the aperture ring .... and the price is the diference. But what about when shooting pictures???

Somebody told me that both have slower AF than the 18-70mm kit lens...? Is it?

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Old Dec 29, 2004, 8:48 AM   #2
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I have not shot any actual pictures with these lenses, but I have played with the 70-300mm ED at home. It is true that it is considerably slower, longer, and noisier than the kit lens.

If you have a digital body, the aperture ring means nothing to you, as you will have to lock it in the automatic mode anyway (the D70, for instance, only allows aperture control via its sub-command dial).

I am no expert, so I cannot really compare the ED to the G, but a Nikon sales person told me the ED will give you better contrast and colors. Again, I will have to take his word, since I could find no other direct comparison between them.

I am actually in the process of choosing between them, so replies from other members would be helpful to me as well.
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Old Dec 29, 2004, 11:17 AM   #3
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Thx LeoToni!

Yes! I have a D70 body.
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Old Dec 29, 2004, 1:01 PM   #4
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Ceaser,

I have come accross a couple threads the you might like:

http://www.camerareview.com/template...amp;forum_id=3

http://www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php...READ_ID=142400

Some of the comments made me reconsider the 70-300mm altogether. Maybe saving money for a faster lens is the best option. I am not sure... :?
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Old Dec 29, 2004, 1:30 PM   #5
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LeoToni,

Thanx again

I know that 70-300 are not the best lens. But now now I need cheaper telefoto lens because I'm going to buy the Micro 105mm.

Later may be, I'm going to take the 80-200/2.8 lens which are perfect. But last one is so heavy and it's not a bad idea to have lighter one like the 70-300...
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Old Dec 29, 2004, 8:07 PM   #6
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I've got a 70-300ED & to my eyeit's a good lens. For the money I think it's a bargain too. The lens focuses well if there is enough light. When there's not it tends to hunt a bit. I recently bought the 80-200ED F2.8 & it's so much sharper than the 70-300. The focus is faster too. It is much heavier though. I'll be keeping my 70-300 for the times I want to travel light. I have no experience with the 70-300G, but to me it seems like it has a cheaper build quality.

The reason that the kit lens focuses faster than the 70-300ED is that it has its own focus motor while the 70-300 uses the bodies motor & is a screw drive.

You mightfind a used one here for a good price.

http://www.keh.com/hmpg/index.cfm



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Old Dec 30, 2004, 2:15 AM   #7
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The 70-300, either the G or ED version, should focus slower than the kit lens. After all, the kit lens has Nikon's SWM (Silent Wave Motor, aka AF-S) while neither 70-300 does. A lens that has internal focusing like that should be quicker. I have the Sigma 70-300, and the kit lens definitely focuses faster.
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Old Dec 30, 2004, 10:10 AM   #8
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Has anyone considered the 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF Zoom-Nikkor?

http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php...productNr=2143#

It has some good reviews at http://www.photographyreview.com/psc...7_3128crx.aspxand seems to be a good alternative to the 70-300mm...

How much difference can one actually get from 200 to 300mm?
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Old Dec 30, 2004, 3:03 PM   #9
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You can't compare the 70-300 lens to the Kit lens - the Kit lends is a pretty freaking good lens!!!!

I have the 70-300G and while the AF is slower it's not bad at all. I like it.
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