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Topic: Would This Be A Good Starter Lens?
Username: Bushpilot185
Posted 2013-01-23 16:50:20 and read 3538 times.

Hi ya'll, quick question...
I'm going to buy the Nikon D5100 soon and need a starter lens for spotting at LAX. Would the Nikon 55-200 VR be enough zoom or should i step it up to the 70-300? Any other suggestions would be appreciated as well. Thanks!

Topic: RE: Would This Be A Good Starter Lens?
Username: DL747
Posted 2013-01-23 16:52:48 and read 3533 times.

I would highly recommend getting the 70-300. It has superior build, image quality, VR, basically everything to the 55-200. You won't regret it. The 70-300 is fantastic lens.

Topic: RE: Would This Be A Good Starter Lens?
Username: vikkyvik
Posted 2013-01-23 20:59:48 and read 3500 times.

Quoting Bushpilot185 (Thread starter):
I'm going to buy the Nikon D5100 soon and need a starter lens for spotting at LAX. Would the Nikon 55-200 VR be enough zoom or should i step it up to the 70-300?

I'm not a Nikon shooter, so can't comment on the specific lenses, but...

Where will you be shooting from? 200mm is a bit short for Imperial Hill; you'd do better with 300mm there.

Topic: RE: Would This Be A Good Starter Lens?
Username: scott8424
Posted 2013-01-24 05:12:46 and read 3446 times.

Which 70-300 are you considering? I have this one:

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Pro...-NIKKOR-70-300mm-f%252F4-5.6G.html

I've used it to get shots from Imperial Hill at LAX and agree with Vik that you need something more than 200mm from this location. For the most part it's a good lens for the price, but just be aware that you will likely never get sharp enough images using it at the full 300. Even at 250 I've had mixed results but am sure lighting conditions played a factor as well. All of the shots I have on here from JFK were taken with this lens if you want to see some samples.

I also have the 55-200 VR and have good results with it.

[Edited 2013-01-24 05:13:16]

Topic: RE: Would This Be A Good Starter Lens?
Username: Bushpilot185
Posted 2013-01-24 16:05:47 and read 3405 times.

Quoting scott8424 (Reply 3):

For the 70-300 it would be the Nikon 70-300 AF-S f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR lens...
Is it worth the extra money for the 300mm or should i just get the 55-200mm? Mostly I will be shooting from Imperial Hill so im thinking I would need the extra 100mm???

Topic: RE: Would This Be A Good Starter Lens?
Username: DL747
Posted 2013-01-24 16:08:46 and read 3402 times.

Definitely get the 70-300. You will find 300mm way more useful than 200, especially at airshow type screnarios.

Topic: RE: Would This Be A Good Starter Lens?
Username: scott8424
Posted 2013-01-24 16:10:41 and read 3401 times.

Agree with DL747 - go with the 300. The specific lens you're looking at is different from the 300 I have and from what I've read about it should be better at the upper end. Was looking at getting one myself so will be curious how you like it.

Topic: RE: Would This Be A Good Starter Lens?
Username: Bushpilot185
Posted 2013-01-24 17:26:22 and read 3395 times.

Okay 70-300 it is! Thank you to all for the reply! - Justin

Topic: RE: Would This Be A Good Starter Lens?
Username: DL747
Posted 2013-01-24 18:40:14 and read 3388 times.

Quoting Bushpilot185 (Reply 7):
Thank you to all for the reply!

Don't mention it! If you need anything else, feel free to ask me or anyone else in the forum. Make sure to get the $589 version of the 70-300, NOT the $172 one.

Topic: RE: Would This Be A Good Starter Lens?
Username: vikkyvik
Posted 2013-01-24 22:33:16 and read 3369 times.

Quoting Bushpilot185 (Reply 4):
Mostly I will be shooting from Imperial Hill so im thinking I would need the extra 100mm???

For anything smaller than a 767-300, you'll want the extra reach, yes.


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