SmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1344 times:
I am not familiar with those lenses but, as a rule, macro lenses would not be good plane spotting. Macro lenses are known for having slow autofocus - to the point where people just use them with manual focus (which is just fine if you are shooting macro subjects) So I would think that the first 2 that you identify would not be good choices.
The D50 should be a good camera though, so if you get a good lense, you should be able to take some nice pictures.
I'm sure some Nikon shooters will chime in with some options.
Yanqui67 From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2005, 505 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1323 times:
I have the Nikkor 70-300mm ED version. It is really a nice lens, a little soft all the way out (300mm). My first shots on A.net were taken with it. Make sure you get the ED version not the G. I tested the G and it was cheap and took some ugly soft pictures, the ED is way better. I now use a 80-200mm F2.8, I bought it used and I will never sell it. I love this lens and its my favorite. I would save money and buy one. I guarantee you that it will not disappoint!
Edoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 687 posts, RR: 10 Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1299 times:
Absolutely agree with Yanqui67, the 80-200 f/2.8 is absolute world class but still quite expensive in Europe. (900 EUR price range I guess)
I have a very old Nikkor 75-300 f/4-5.6 which is quite good, better optically actually than the younger-generation 70-300 lenses but almost as large as the 80-200 f/2.8 and quite heavy. But it's a very good lens as well, if you look around in second hand shops you will be able to find it in your price range, they obviously don't make them new any more. I might actually sell mine if you're interested, just drop me a note if you are interested.
TV840 From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 83 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1288 times:
I just had a talk with my dad, and came to the conclusion that he doesn't want to sponsor me . I decided to save up another year and buy one of the better lenses. You can't have anything you want to, at the moment you want to. That's life!
Good judgement comes from experience, which comes from bad judgment.