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User currently offlineTV840 From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 83 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

Hi all,

I've been looking to buy a lens for my Nikon D50, but I'd like to have one in the price range of about 150-200 euros and with a zoom of about 300mm.

I did some research myself and here's my list:

-SIGMA 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO
-SIGMA AF 70-300mm F4-5,6 DL Macro Super
-Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6D

These where the lenses I found within my budget.

Maybe some of you have experience with one of these lenses?

Thanks


Good judgement comes from experience, which comes from bad judgment.
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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

I had a Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6D.

It was generally soft, particularly near full zoom.

I have no experience with the other two.



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineSmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2248 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.

Good luck!
Dan


User currently offlineTV840 From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

Quoting Viv (Reply 1):
It was generally soft, particularly near full zoom



Quoting SmAlbany (Reply 2):
Macro lenses are known for having slow autofocus

Seems like a lot of peole agree on that.

Quoting SmAlbany (Reply 2):
The D50 should be a good camera though, so if you get a good lense, you should be able to take some nice pictures.

The D50 is a great cam, no complaints about it  Smile, but it looks like finding a good lens within my budget range will be hard.

Quoting SmAlbany (Reply 2):
I'm sure some Nikon shooters will chime in with some options.

Some more advice would be welcome!  Smile



Good judgement comes from experience, which comes from bad judgment.
User currently offlineYanqui67 From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2005, 508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2227 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!

User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2203 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.


User currently offlineTV840 From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

I just had a talk with my dad, and came to the conclusion that he doesn't want to sponsor me  Wink. 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!  Wink

Regards

Maxim



Good judgement comes from experience, which comes from bad judgment.
User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2170 times:

Quoting TV840 (Reply 6):
I decided to save up another year and buy one of the better lenses.

Good move, you'll appreciate it all the more when you do finally get it!  checkmark 


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