Topic Author
Posts: 940
Joined: Sun Jun 11, 2000 3:50 am

Cheap Zoom Lens

Tue Jan 21, 2003 5:39 am

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?

Posts: 1978
Joined: Mon Oct 08, 2001 2:12 pm

RE: Cheap Zoom Lens

Tue Jan 21, 2003 6:03 am

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
Posts: 163
Joined: Sat Aug 25, 2001 10:58 am

RE: Cheap Zoom Lens

Tue Jan 21, 2003 6:10 am

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, they are a reputable dealer of used camera stuff and have a 60 day return policy if you are not satisfied.


Graham Hitchen, KMIA

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos