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Any News On The Nikon 70-300 VR...  
User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11271 posts, RR: 52
Posted (7 years 9 months 3 hours ago) and read 9056 times:

... and are you getting one?

I heard some good reports about it early, but now it seems the news well has dried up. At $530, I don't expect it to be a barnburner lens, but maybe I'll be surprised. Or, maybe I should save a little more and get the 18-200 VR? What are your thoughts?


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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 hours ago) and read 9056 times:

It's out in the U.S. I have not tried it.

I have the 18-200VR and it is a wonderful lens. Here is a shot taken with it.

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Photo © Vivion Mulcahy



[Edited 2006-12-03 18:46:55]


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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 hours ago) and read 9026 times:

Quoting Viv (Reply 1):
Here is a shot taken with it.

Love the color and intensity on that one Viv.


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 hours ago) and read 9017 times:

Quoting Viv (Reply 1):
I have the 18-200VR

Viv, how's that lens' IQ and sharpness? Has it got lots of CA? I haven't heard really good things about Sigma's 18-200 lens, so I don't know how Nikon are with that super zoom.


User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11271 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 9012 times:

Excellent Shot, Viv!

You shoot a D70, right?



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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 9006 times:

Quoting D L X (Reply 4):
D70

I thought he shot D200...  confused 


User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11271 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 9005 times:

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 5):
I thought he shot D200

If that's the case, then that would be an important difference for me.



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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months ago) and read 8994 times:

Nowadays I have a D200. Used to have a D70.

The lens is good and sharp. There is a little vignetting at 18mm, but nothing dramatic. Have not seen any CA.

[Edited 2006-12-03 21:55:36]


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User currently offlineAvsfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 250 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8978 times:

Quoting Viv (Reply 1):
It's out in the U.S. I have not tried it.

If this quote refers to the Nikon 70-300mm VR lens, then you are wrong. The lens was suppose to be available in the US back in Nov, but the release has been delayed until some time around mid Dec. You can pre-order the lens from online camera stores, but will have to wait until it is shipped from the manufacturer, which could be delayed even further.

Nice shot though with the 70-200mm f2.8 VR. I am going to save a little money and get a Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG / HSM lens.

Louis



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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11271 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8977 times:

Quoting Avsfan (Reply 8):
Nice shot though with the 70-200mm f2.8 VR. I am going to save a little money and get a Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG / HSM lens.

wanna buy mine?



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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8971 times:
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Quoting D L X (Thread starter):
get the 18-200 VR?

I would start with the 18-200 VR and then add the 70-300 VR later. For some reason, the 18-200 VR is still almost 2/3's more expensive than the new and as yet unavailable 70-300 VR.

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 3):
I haven't heard really good things about Sigma's 18-200 lens

The quality of my shots with my new Nikon 18-200mm VR lens has improved exponentially. The difference between my old Sigma 28-200mm and the new Nikon (Nikkor) lens is night and day. I wish I had bought the Nikons earlier. I took so many superb shots this year only for the Sigma lens to do them in.

Quoting Avsfan (Reply 8):
The lens was suppose to be available in the US back in Nov, but the release has been delayed until some time around mid Dec

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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8966 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 10):
The quality of my shots with my new Nikon 18-200mm VR lens has improved exponentially.

Great! Just hope that Canon will make an equivalent, EF 18-200mm f/4L IS USM.

How's t he 18-200 compared to the 70-200 f/2.8 VR? Horrible, or rather good?


User currently offlineUALDUDE From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8949 times:

I have the Nikon 70-300mm VR on order and it will ship sometime in the next few weeks, hopefully. I also have the Nikon 18-200mm VR and it is awesome. Very sharp, the silent wave autofocus if really fast and very smooth and quiet. Great lens. I am hoping the 70-300mm VR will be as good. It has several of the same qualities, silent wave autofocus, VR II, and updated glass to work with digital cameras better. I notice with my 80-400mm VR, I do get some flaring once in a while.

User currently offlineGertLOWG From Austria, joined May 2005, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8899 times:

Here are first images of the new Nikon lens:
http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/lens_review/2006/12/01/5154.html

Best Regards!

Gert!


User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8861 times:

Quoting Avsfan (Reply 8):
The lens was suppose to be available in the US back in Nov, but the release has been delayed until some time around mid Dec.

If the D2x, D200 or 18-200 are any indication, the 70-300 will be "available" this month but nobody will actually be able to get one until next March! Nikon has been doing a terrible job of pre-stocking for product rollouts.

If anyone wants to see some unscientific test shots, including some 100% callouts, go to the nikonians.org discussion forum and look in the Nikkor Lenses sub group. I'd post a link but not sure if it violates A.net rules.

Edit: I just re-read the rules and this link seems to comply:
http://www.nikonians.org/dcforum/DCForumID6/19248.html
Mod's: if this breaks the rules please delete and accept my apology.

B


User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3934 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8782 times:

From the link in Bill's post, it seems that the first copies have reached the stores now. Has anyone seen one?

Peter Smile



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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11271 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8776 times:

Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 15):
Has anyone seen one?

Still looking. I want to actually physically handle it and the 18-200VR before I pick one to buy myself for Christmas.  Smile

(Or maybe I'll just keep on renting the 70-200VR.)



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User currently offlineMunichpictures From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8760 times:

I called a nikonstore in my area. They told me the 70-300 VR is available from today on.

User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11271 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8723 times:

Apparently, it has now arrived in people's hands. I'm still looking for an online review before I buy it. While early reports suggested that it would be a breakthrough lens in its price range, I'm beginning to think otherwise.


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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3934 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8716 times:

Quoting D L X (Reply 18):
While early reports suggested that it would be a breakthrough lens in its price range, I'm beginning to think otherwise.

What makes you think so Damon?

Peter



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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11271 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8710 times:

Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 19):
What makes you think so Damon?

I had read some other photographers (on dpreview.com) talk about how the MTF charts Nikon had published made this lens appear to be very sharp, and had declared that when it comes out, it will be the best prosumer lens in the mm range. But now, I've seen a couple sample photos, and i'm not overwhelmed. Although, without having the lens in my own hands, who knows. Maybe those shots weren't taken with an eye for maximum sharpness, as is the case when trying to upload to a.net.

I had also heard that the VR isn't enough to allow good low-light photography because the max aperture is still f/4.5.

Basically, I'm going to wait until my local camera shop has one, and test it on my equipment.



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9625 posts, RR: 68
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 8703 times:
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Well, you can't get something for nothing. At $550 a copy something has to give, in this case the max ap. If low light shooting is your concern then the 70-300mm VR shouldn't even be an option. Save your pennies for a 70-200 f/2.8 VR.

The whole sharpness thing is a load of crap, too. You are on the right track by waiting to get your hands on one, but it will take more than 5 minutes in a camera store to know if you are going to like it.

Buy from a local store who will allow you to return or exchange it if you are not happy.

If I was in the market for such a lens (I'm not) I would take a flyer on it for $550. If I didn't like it I would blow it out on eBay. Of course, if you aren't on a waiting lsit you will be waiting a while, and the used ones will be selling for a premium.


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