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Sigma Lens 28-300mm Or Nikkor 70-300mm?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 2:54 am

Hello all. I'm about to receive a paycheck for six hard weeks at my internship. I've had my eye on these two lens to mount on my D70, however I'm unsure which one to buy. Do you have any thoughts, suggestions, or first hand experience with any of these lenses? Are they suitable for aviation photography? Finally, for under $800, what other telephoto lenses would you recommend as well.
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RE: Sigma Lens 28-300mm Or Nikkor 70-300mm?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 2:59 am

If you can stretch to USD900 have a look at the Sigma 100-300 F4 EX IF HSM Said to be an absolutely cracking lens. The other two you mention are alright but you certainly won't regret paying a little more for some really nice glass.

edit: Specifically a lens of this quality will have few vices. It's good throughout the range of focal length, and it's got a nice sturdy build.



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RE: Sigma Lens 28-300mm Or Nikkor 70-300mm?

Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:12 am

I love the Nikkor 70-300. I have a $100 G, which is pretty much the same optics as the $250 ED but without an aperture ring, which is not an issue on the D70. Stopped down to f/8 or 11 it can give more expensive lenses a run for their money.

I would avoid a 28-300 zoom like the plague because a) optical quality with that zoom range is what it is, i.e. not top notch and b) it's not really a wide angle at the wide end because of the 1.5x factor of the D70. You'd effectively have a 42-450 lens and 42mm isn't wide enough, at least for me.

My 2 cents is: get a Nikkor 18-70DX and either 70-300, spend $500, and Bob's your uncle.

If you are bent on getting a good long lens, think about a Nikkor 300/4 -- it's $1,000 new, you can probably find one used for an approachable sum and you've got yourself a 450mm beast on your D70. And you can add teleconverters without much loss of quality.
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RE: Sigma Lens 28-300mm Or Nikkor 70-300mm?

Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:16 am

I bought the Nikkor ED lens 70-300mm. It cost me around $450.00 CAD plus tax.

The lens is giving me very good photos



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