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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?

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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
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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.


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