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Old May 30, 2005, 4:11 PM   #1
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I am soon to be traveling for a month. So, I want to buy a good telezoom fo my Nikon digital SLR.
The zoom I have looked at are

sigma 18-200 3,5-6,3 (the new one)
Sigma EX 70-200 f2.8 APO HSM
Sigmas AF 70-300 APO Zoom Macro Super II

I already have 18-70 lense. so I want to be able to shoot far range.


which is these would be recommended, I know it is a bit of comparing apple with orange but what would you guys recommend? Te 70-200 f2.8 I heard is amost on par with Nikon 70-200 VR except image stabilizer...and the new Sigma 18-200 is said to outperform the Tamron equivalent and the best lense in it's class. And recently I head of Sigmas AF 70-300 APO Zoom Macro Super II which is really cheap compared.
are there any good and fast nikon lense (70mm and above) and still affordable?

Any comments on the three lenses mentioned above?


I also want to buy a Crumpler bag that can fit 1 DSLR and 1 large telezoom and 2 small zooms, any ideas which one?
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Old May 31, 2005, 10:15 PM   #2
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I hear the Sigma AF 70-300 APO Zoom Macro Super II is a pretty decent lens for the money.

Nikons DX 55-210 comes out in 2 weeks also, but.....

Being the owner and user of the Nikkor 70-200 F2.8 VR has pretty much made every other lens I own-used-tried, mediocre.

This is the greatest lens know to man but for the price (which is getting better) and the wieght.

If you don't mind either you can go wrong. If you need more distance the TCe 1.4 converter gives you more without much of a loss on any point.

Let us know what you decide and why?
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Old May 31, 2005, 11:23 PM   #3
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why don't you add the Sigma 100-300 F4.0 EX HSM.. it gives you a fast/silent AF (HSM).. with a fast constant f4.0 aperature.. it gives you more reach than a 70-200 2.8 but is not significantly bigger.. it is THE SHARPEST 300mm zoom made at this time.. and it is built like a tank since its part of the EX line

but if you are on a buget the 70-300 APO is a good enough lens.. though the element rotates with focusing so using a polarizer is not very convenient..

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Old Jun 1, 2005, 8:08 AM   #4
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thanks for the great tips! I have D70 btw.

I have come down pretty much to deciede to buy a 70-300 mm or 70-200 mm sigma...since I have heard the 70-200 is almost as good as nikon 70-200 VR. my question is how much better is the sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM compared to sigma APO 70-300 Macro Super II. and how about 70-200 f2.8 HSM compared to 100-300mm f4 mentioned....?

what is HSM and is it really that important that the lense focuses silent? I have today D70 kit lense 18-70 and I like the noice when I focus because I know it is actually done focusing??
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is there any reason for me to get the prime lense nikon 50/1.8 if I buy the sigma HSM 70-200 mm HSM? the "20mm" (between sigma and nikon primelense) doesnt matter that much for me.
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both the sigma 70-200 2.8 and the sigma 100-300 f4.0 will be a much better quality lens than the 70-300 APO..

which one of those is more appropriate for you will depend on your use.. if you plan on using it more on the telephoto end (so around 200mm) or will be doing a lot of wildlife pictures, i would suggest getting the 100-300 f4.0 as it will be sharper at the longer telephoto ends and will give you more zoom range.. if however you will be doing more portrait work or will be doing indoor candid portraits, i would suggest you look into the 70-200 2.8.. you can always pick up the 1.4 teleconverter to make it a 118-280mm f4.0.. but realize that if you plan on using it more in this fashion, you will be better off with the 100-300 f4.0 as the teleconverter causes some degredation in image quality..

so what i am saying basically, is sit down and think about what you will be using the lens most for.. if you do mostly indoor then 70-200 2.8... mostly outdoor then 100-300 f4.0..

as for the 50mm.. if you plan on doing a lot of low light portrait or candid type work at fairly close range, it might be worth considering.. but you can definately do without it for the most part since you already own the kit lens that covers that focal range.. but a 50mm 1.8 is a very sharp lens that can always come in handy..

best regards, dustin


p.s. the HSM is equivelen to canon's USM and nikon's silent wave.. this is a very desirable feature and will do alot to improve focus speed and silence..
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Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm f/4-5.6D

Discontinued now but usually available on ebay or Adorama for $250. In digital speak it is 105-315. Action/sports lens. If you don't needthe fastest focus, the newer 55-200mm



Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED

Check ou the reviews

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/7021056.htm

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/55200.htm
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