stuart1044
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Lens Options

Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:34 pm

Hi All,

Currently i have a Nikon D60 with the 18-55mm lens, and i am looking to save up for a longer lens. Trouble is i am not sure which to go for, i have singled out the following two:


Nikon 55-200mm


Tamron 70-300mm

I really like the prospect of the VR ability on the Nikon lens, but would prefer the longer (300mm) Tamron.

Any thoughts?

[Edited 2009-04-15 06:36:49]
 
conoramoia
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RE: Lens Options

Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:44 pm

well if you think that you'll be able to get the shots you want with the 200mm then buy that,but if not you must realize that the quality in the 300mm is going to be lower and will involve more post-editing,

cheers

conor
 
ruudb
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RE: Lens Options

Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:56 pm

Better buy a 70-300mm VR from Nikon, maybe it costs a bit more but it is a good value lens for the money.
 
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cpd
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RE: Lens Options

Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:04 pm

I was going to suggest another couple of Nikkor lenses, until I looked at the price of the 55-200mm.

I think the 55-200mm might be your only option. 70-300mm VR is very costly in comparison, and the 300mm F/4 AF-S prime a bit more still.
 
stuart1044
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RE: Lens Options

Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:29 pm

I was thinking sort of that way, the VR lenses are very costly, but are obviously worth it.

I reckon i could manage with the 55-200mm lens and benefit from quality due to the VR factor
 
iamlucky13
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RE: Lens Options

Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:35 pm



Quoting Stuart1044 (Reply 4):
I was thinking sort of that way, the VR lenses are very costly, but are obviously worth it.

I reckon i could manage with the 55-200mm lens and benefit from quality due to the VR factor

When the light is good, VR does little if anything for you. As shutter speeds start to get lower is when you'll appreciate it.

If you think you'll shooting a lot in the evening or overcast conditions, I'd take the Nikon in a heartbeat (it's sharpness is a little more consistent, but there's a few specific conditions where the Tamron beats it), but if not it's more of a toss-up. The Tamron looks to have slower AF, but if the locations you typically spot from put you a long ways from the planes, you might want the extra length.

FYI, some reviews

Tamron:
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/455/cat/23
Nikon:
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1088/cat/13
 
stuart1044
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RE: Lens Options

Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:38 pm

hey, thanks for the input guys.

Just had a look around and I can get the 55-200 VR for £178

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000O13A9...g=kelkmpcpc-2nd-ce-21&linkCode=asn

and the 70-300 Tamron for £120

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/prod...um=comparison&utm_campaign=1030157

I mainly will be spotting around Manchester EGCC, where on the 'mound' you are pretty damn close, however, when they use the other runway it is a bit difficult to get them, i think the 55-200 would be long enough. The conditions in Manchester are usually grey, however we occasioanlly get some sun  Smile
 
chase
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RE: Lens Options

Mon May 04, 2009 7:42 pm

If it helps your frame of mind any, bear in mind that the 200mm lens on a D60, with its EPS-C sized sensor, is equivalent to a 320mm lens on a full-frame camera. That's the kind of mentral trickery that, if I were in your shoes, would get me off the fence and down the camera shop  Wink
 
stuart1044
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RE: Lens Options

Tue May 05, 2009 1:14 pm

I think i am going to go for the 55-200mm vr. I was having a look at th 70-300mm vr but i'm a bit short on cash at the moment. I think the 55-200 will be long enough.

Once i get it some shots will follow  Smile
 
janneman
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RE: Lens Options

Wed May 06, 2009 1:56 am

If you want a good lens that is affordable buy the 120-400 from Sigma.
Last year i traded a Nikon 80-400 in for this one and it is really better in every way,and i only had the Nikon for five months. Big grin
I wished that Nikon made a lens like that.  Sad
Good luck with your search.

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