BriceJohnson From Canada, joined Mar 2012, 81 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3882 times:
I was wondering what zoom I should buy for my camera. I have a Nikon d3100, and am currently using a 55-200mm lense for my spotting. So which one should I purchase... the Nikon 55-300mm or Nikon 70-300mm? I also noticed that the 70-300mm is a more expensive model, why?
DL747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 330 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3858 times:
Hello. I also have a D3100 and the 55-3000, but I would suggest the 70-300 for its superior build quality and faster AF, along with its better long end sharpness. The 55 is really soft beyond about 225. I have heard the 70 is less affected, but still soft, as many cheaper zooms are. My
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Good point. To Brice: this lens will work fine with your camera. Any Nikon lens will work with any Nikon body, but put a DX on an FX camera, and you get the sensor crop even though you have a full frame body. FX will work fine on DX and FX, so if you are considering going full frame, then get the 70-300.
Tomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 461 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3717 times:
Quoting DL747 (Reply 4): I have also heard that, but some say that is softer wide open and at the far end of the zoom.
I own the Tamron 70-300mm for the Nikon and maybe I'm in luck but I have one that stays quite sharp till 270. Between 270 and 300mm it gets soft like most lenses. The only issue with the tamron is that in Aperture or shutter priority it might choose a setting which does not allow enough light on the sensor. Solution is to manually tell your camera to overexpose the picture (+/- sign) with 1 stop. I have not got this issue with my Tamron on the D90 but I tend to shoot manually these days so..
Most tests say the Tamron is a bit better than the Nikon for the price you pay. (More bang for your buck). So do read some of the tests and honestly I can recommend this lens when your looking for a good telezoom in the cheaper price range of lenses. (330 EUR isn't that much imho)