TV840
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Lens Advice

Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:42 am

Hi all,

I've been looking to buy a lens for my Nikon D50, but I'd like to have one in the price range of about 150-200 euros and with a zoom of about 300mm.

I did some research myself and here's my list:

-SIGMA 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO
-SIGMA AF 70-300mm F4-5,6 DL Macro Super
-Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6D

These where the lenses I found within my budget.

Maybe some of you have experience with one of these lenses?

Thanks
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viv
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RE: Lens Advice

Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:48 am

I had a Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6D.

It was generally soft, particularly near full zoom.

I have no experience with the other two.
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
 
Smalbany
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RE: Lens Advice

Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:09 am

I am not familiar with those lenses but, as a rule, macro lenses would not be good plane spotting. Macro lenses are known for having slow autofocus - to the point where people just use them with manual focus (which is just fine if you are shooting macro subjects) So I would think that the first 2 that you identify would not be good choices.

The D50 should be a good camera though, so if you get a good lense, you should be able to take some nice pictures.

I'm sure some Nikon shooters will chime in with some options.

Good luck!
Dan
 
TV840
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RE: Lens Advice

Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:57 am

Quoting Viv (Reply 1):
It was generally soft, particularly near full zoom



Quoting SmAlbany (Reply 2):
Macro lenses are known for having slow autofocus

Seems like a lot of peole agree on that.

Quoting SmAlbany (Reply 2):
The D50 should be a good camera though, so if you get a good lense, you should be able to take some nice pictures.

The D50 is a great cam, no complaints about it  Smile, but it looks like finding a good lens within my budget range will be hard.

Quoting SmAlbany (Reply 2):
I'm sure some Nikon shooters will chime in with some options.

Some more advice would be welcome!  Smile
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YANQUI67
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RE: Lens Advice

Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:02 am

I have the Nikkor 70-300mm ED version. It is really a nice lens, a little soft all the way out (300mm). My first shots on A.net were taken with it. Make sure you get the ED version not the G. I tested the G and it was cheap and took some ugly soft pictures, the ED is way better. I now use a 80-200mm F2.8, I bought it used and I will never sell it. I love this lens and its my favorite. I would save money and buy one. I guarantee you that it will not disappoint!
 
edoca
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RE: Lens Advice

Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:23 am

Absolutely agree with Yanqui67, the 80-200 f/2.8 is absolute world class but still quite expensive in Europe. (900 EUR price range I guess)

I have a very old Nikkor 75-300 f/4-5.6 which is quite good, better optically actually than the younger-generation 70-300 lenses but almost as large as the 80-200 f/2.8 and quite heavy. But it's a very good lens as well, if you look around in second hand shops you will be able to find it in your price range, they obviously don't make them new any more. I might actually sell mine if you're interested, just drop me a note if you are interested.
 
TV840
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RE: Lens Advice

Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:01 am

I just had a talk with my dad, and came to the conclusion that he doesn't want to sponsor me  Wink. I decided to save up another year and buy one of the better lenses. You can't have anything you want to, at the moment you want to. That's life!  Wink

Regards

Maxim
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willo
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RE: Lens Advice

Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:45 am

Quoting TV840 (Reply 6):
I decided to save up another year and buy one of the better lenses.

Good move, you'll appreciate it all the more when you do finally get it!  checkmark 

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