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User currently offlineDelta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2191 times:

100-400mm lens

I've finally ordered my D100. It's going to be about 2 weeks before it gets here. I've been playing with the thought of buying another lens. I have a 19-35mm, 28-80mm, and 70-300mm. All pretty cheap lenses, and have given me great results. Do you think the lens in that ebay auction would be any good?


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User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

I don't know abou this particular lens...but....

After spending $2,000.00 on a great camera why mount a cheap piece of glass on the front? You will be disappointed with the results of cheap lenses, especially on the telephoto side.

I have used a Sigma 170-500 on my D60 and the results are pretty good, but I found the performance lacking just a bit, especially in the auto focus. So I bit the bullet and bought a Canon 100-400 L IS lens. Okay, the credit card is hurting but the images are incredible! Now I wish that I had bough that lens in the first place...

To sum it up, save your money for a good Nikon lens, some of the high end Sigmas or Tamrons. Avoid the other stuff.

Cheers. TOny

User currently offlineJT8D From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

In all honesty, I seriously doubt you will get consistently high quality images from such a lens. A good camera like the D100 will really bring out its performance limitations. There is a good reason why high-quality lenses cost lots of money.

That isn't to say that you can't find good optics at a reasonable price, but I would try to take the $200+ that lens will cost and put it into a Sigma, for example. I think in the long run you will be much more satisfied.

There is also some good quality used stuff around, you just have to look. Try www.keh.com, they are a reputable dealer of used camera stuff and have a 60 day return policy if you are not satisfied.


Graham Hitchen, KMIA
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