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Old Jan 11, 2005, 7:17 PM   #1
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If I get the camera with the lens it comes with which is the 18-70mm. then I feel like I dont need to get the sigma kit with the 28-80. instead I feel that I should just get the long lens separate, there are 4 70-300mm lens so i would like to know which is best?

1. Nikon 70-300 f/4-5.6 "G" Autofocus 289.95

2. Nikon 70-300 f/4-5.6 "ED" autofocus 179.85

3. Quantaray 70-300 f/4-5.6 High Speed AF 169.95

4.Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO Super Lens AF 209.99



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Old Jan 12, 2005, 9:11 AM   #2
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I think you have ! and 2 prices mixed up - I went with the 70-300 G.

the 18-70 will give you 28-105 (equivalent to film SLRs) and the 70 to 300 is actually 105-450.

One thing I had against the 28-80. Unless you spens ALOT of $$ you can't get a better wide lens then the 18-70

Of course then you can buy a duel-element diopter and slap it on your 300mm and take close-ups!!

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Old Jan 12, 2005, 9:43 AM   #3
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Here are 2excellent options for a low end 70-300mm zoom.

1.Sigma 70-300 Macro Super II

http://www.shopping.com/xPC-Sigma_Si...34424~S-P~OR-0

2. Nikon 70-300G

http://www.shopping.com/xPC-Nikon_Zo...Black~S-P~OR-0
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Old Jan 13, 2005, 6:14 AM   #4
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My opinion only - I would not buy a 70-300 zoom MACRO. Macros are BEST when used on Macro shots and the regular zoom shots will suffer slightly. I would buy a shorter Macro lens (Vivitar 100mm Macro is awesome for $100) OR buy a duel-element diopter ($90ish) for a NORMAL zoom (I have both).

BTW - a duel-element diopter is like those 3 close-up lens kits but way way better) I have one that fits on the end of my 70-300G.

HOWEVER - I am not familier with the Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DL Macro Super AF Lens and my MACRO book DOES point out THAT lens is better then other Zoom Macros.
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Old Jan 13, 2005, 9:33 AM   #5
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I own the Nikon 70-300G... but for a few dollars more the Sigma 70-300 Macro Super II seems to be a better choice. It is sharper then the Nikon and offer some Macro possibilities as a bonus.
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Old Jan 13, 2005, 2:12 PM   #6
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Just for the sake of argument - the problem I have with a 70-300 macro is you have to be 2 to 3 feet away from the subject in Macro mode. It's a very nice lens but I have issues with using a 300mm Macro in the 1st place.

just my humble opinion - I have used a Nikkor 70-300G with duel element diopters and you can not keep sharp unless you have a tripod and remote.

HOWEVER - I have been wrong and maybe it would be good - I've read it's a very nice lens.
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