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User currently offlineevall95 From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 306 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5486 times:

I have just bought a nikon D3100 with an 18-55mm lens and I was just wondering what the best lens is for aviation photography under $500.

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User currently offlinedarreno1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5367 times:

I use and will recommend this:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...NII700_SP_70_300mm_f_4_5_6_Di.html

It's very sharp throughout the focal range, affordable and can work on an FX body. Some examples:

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/5/6/1/1983165.jpg

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/1/6/1/1983161.jpg



Nikon D7000 / Nikkor 105mm AF f2.8 / Nikkor 35 f1.8G / Nikkor 50 f1.8D / Nikkor 85mm / Nikkor 300mm f4 AF
User currently offlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2342 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5349 times:

Quoting evall95 (Thread starter):
what the best lens is for aviation photography under $500.

How long will it take you to earn an additional $30?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ikon_2161_AF_S_VR_Zoom_Nikkor.html



Slower traffic, keep right
User currently offlinevortex003 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5278 times:

Another vote for the 70-300 mentioned in the previous posts,a great budget lens.I use it or the 28-300 on my D90.

User currently offlinemegatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5117 times:

Dude, the VR grey market version, for under $500, get it while it lasts:

VR_Zoom_Nikkor.html" target="_blank">http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ikon_2161_AF_S_VR_Zoom_Nikkor.html


User currently offlineevall95 From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5103 times:

because i do not have that much money at the moment will this do

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._1928_AF_Zoom_Nikkor_70_300mm.html ?

what is the diference betwenn this one and the other. Is it the VR?


User currently offlinedarreno1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5100 times:

Quoting evall95 (Reply 5):

what is the diference betwenn this one and the other. Is it the VR?

From the note on the site, that lens will not autofocus on your camera. It's designed for older bodies.

If you really want to get the most out of your camera, you will have to invest in a decent lens. And by decent I don't mean the most expensive. However when they are too cheap always look closer and read the 'fine print'. Also research the online reviews. They are invaluable and can really guide you to a better decision. Remember, there is always a reason they are cheap. Something is being given up somewhere. IMO, it's better to wait and save till you can afford a better one unless you find a great deal.

Another thing to keep in mind: The d3100 has no built-in focus motor so every lens you buy must have a built-in motor if you want to auto focus. That alone makes the available selection of lenses less and more expensive. Unfortunately that's one of the downsides of buying an entry level body. So if the lens is very cheap always check that it has a built-in motor and that it will work with your body.

Here is some useful info from Nikon:

http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answ...5000,-d3100,-d3000,-d60,-d40x,-and



Nikon D7000 / Nikkor 105mm AF f2.8 / Nikkor 35 f1.8G / Nikkor 50 f1.8D / Nikkor 85mm / Nikkor 300mm f4 AF
User currently offlineevall95 From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5097 times:

Are there any lenses under $300 that do have AF-S and have a decent range? what about this.?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...n_2166_AF_S_DX_VR_Zoom_Nikkor.html


User currently offlinedarreno1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5096 times:

That lens is included with some kits and is a good enough beginner lens. It will work just fine on your body. It's not going to perform as well as those above but it should get you decent pics, good enough to be accepted here. Also, the range should be enough till you figure out what you really want / need.


Nikon D7000 / Nikkor 105mm AF f2.8 / Nikkor 35 f1.8G / Nikkor 50 f1.8D / Nikkor 85mm / Nikkor 300mm f4 AF
User currently offlineevall95 From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5092 times:

is it sharp at 200 or does it go a bit softer. anyway i am going to get the AF-S 70-300 for christmas so it should be okay for 2 months

User currently offlineevall95 From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5090 times:

one last question. does the AF-S 55-200 autofocus with my d3100? thanks for the help

User currently offline9vswr From Singapore, joined Jun 2008, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5084 times:

Quoting evall95 (Reply 10):

Any AF-I/AF-S lenses will focus with the D3100.

The 55-200VR is "usably sharp" [YMMV] near/at 200mm from experience. However, vignetting could prove an issue, especially at larger apertures.  

[Edited 2011-10-10 20:56:50]

User currently offlinedarreno1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5077 times:

Quoting evall95 (Reply 9):
is it sharp at 200 or does it go a bit softer. anyway i am going to get the AF-S 70-300 for christmas so it should be okay for 2 months

I have no direct experience with that lens, just what I've read in the reviews. Like Eugene said though, it might vary a little from body to body. My guess would be that it would begin to soften up at or a little before 200mm. You'll have to try it to know for sure.


To answer your last question, yes it will auto focus on your camera.



Nikon D7000 / Nikkor 105mm AF f2.8 / Nikkor 35 f1.8G / Nikkor 50 f1.8D / Nikkor 85mm / Nikkor 300mm f4 AF
User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5014 times:

Before I list lenses on ebay I like to post sale to A/netters first...two lense...Nikkor 300mm f/4D(IF) and a Nikkor 70-300mm AF-S VR, IF-ED, f/4.5, 5.6. Both are like new aesthetically and mechanically...in original boxes w/ papers, etc. If interested drop me an email...they will go on ebay tomorrow, 7pm, East Coast time, USA...thnx...g

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