I need more lenses

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mrkramer, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. mrkramer macrumors 603

    mrkramer

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    I have a D70, and I would like to get some telephoto lenses for it, I Would like to hear what people's recommendations are. I can probably spend up to $1500, but I also do not mind getting an older model off of ebay, for less money. So give me sugestions of what to get.
     
  2. compuwar macrumors 601

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    80-200mm two ring push-pull used, it's excellent glass and you can find them in good condition very inexpensively.

    300/4 AFS, same as above.
     
  3. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Take a look at the Nikkor 80-400mm - it has AF and VR.

    (waiting for the "no, look at the Sigma 50-500mm instead" follow-up...)

    Edit: Let us know whether you're mainly looking to shoot from a tripod, or if you'll be hand-holding for the most part.
     
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    Glad to oblige:

    The Sigma 50-500 is cheaper, sharper at the long end but doesn't have VR.

    I own both, I almost always chose the 50-500 when I was picking between the two.
     
  6. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

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    You should look at the 80-400mm or if you don't need as much range, but want a great quality lens, check out the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR :)
     
  7. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    How about the new 70-300mm VR? It is fairly lightweight and reasonably priced.
     
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    The 80-200 f/2.8 is the classic Nikon telephoto zoom. Good used models sell for about $650. Any of the f/2.8 Nikons are very good quality.

    But what to get depends on your needs. What are you going to use the lens for. For many wildlife shots 200mm is not long enough

    There are better places to buy a used Nikon lens than eBay. Look at some of the on-line Nkon forums. Post there, get to know the others and buy it off some other person on the forum. Or at a camera shop where you can see it first.
     
  9. mrkramer thread starter macrumors 603

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    I will be using a tripod for most of the time, and it will be mostly for nature shots, with occasional use at sports games for my high school.
     
  10. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Thanks. The reason I asked is mainly VR. If you're on a tripod most of the time, the VR in the newer Nikkor zooms is less compelling. If, like me, you prefer to just hold the camera - then VR is a killer feature.
     
  11. mrkramer thread starter macrumors 603

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    So after looking around I think that I will probably go for the 300mm f/4, and look around for a used 80-200mm. Does anyone here own those lenses, and if so could you post some pictures that you took with them.
     
  12. jlcharles macrumors 6502

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    Keh has the 300 f/4 for $919 in Ex+ condition, which you most likely won't be able to tell the difference from new.

    And an 80-200 f/2.8 in Bargain for $449. I've bought bargain stuff from them a lot and had no problem with it. And they have a 14-day return policy if you aren't satisfied for any reason.

    I'd go Keh before touching ebay any time, you may pay a little more, but you have that return policy and they are very conservative in ratings.
     
  13. compuwar macrumors 601

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    I own the 300/4, but it's been lent out since I've been shooting digital, however pBase is a good resource- hit the "more" link and you can browse all day:

    http://www.pbase.com/cameras/nikon/300_4_afs
    http://www.pbase.com/cameras/nikon/300_45_edif_ais
    http://www.pbase.com/cameras/nikon/80-200_28d_afs

    I'd go with the AF-S version of the 300, though both are stellar.

    You won't be unhappy with either lens, they're both fantastic and the best values out there in good condition.
     

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