So my family and I are planning a trip to yellowstone this summer. I have a D90 with the 18-105 and a 35 mm f1.8. I am thinking that I need a telephoto will be needed, so the 70-300? Is a good choice? Also I am thinking used from a place like KEH. (Going for $350 now). Or does anyone have a suggestion on another brand for something similar in that price range?
A wide angle also has crossed my mind, I am thinking that the 18 mm will be enough.
The 70-300VR is a very good value for money lens but there have been at least 3 variations of the 70-300 from Nikon so make absolutely sure you buy the correct one.
This is the one you want.
The big advantage of this lens is of course that it will work perfectly well on a FF camera so it has future use or resale possibilities built in.
Personally I would be looking to take a wider lens than 18mm. If I had the choice of wide or telephoto I would go wide as my preference but that is me not you.
Something like this in the 10-20mm zoom range is where I would be looking. I have a Nikon 12-24 f4 that is my default lens on my D300.
If you can only have a lens I'd say the 18-105. But I agree with K1W1, that's the only version of 70-300 that you should get. I'm 200% happy with mine.
I know this is an old thread, but Falcon seems to get extremely good results with the Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD
I still haven't managed to save up the required $400-$500 for an e-bay bid, but maybe by summers end.
Post script: Found out that there is a $100 rebate on the Tammy (makes it $339 post rebate). Might be a good time to make the leap.
Are the family going to entertain themselves well enough to give you time to chase wildlife? - I know mine don't and didn't on my holiday so my tele got very little use.
The wide is good for quick landscape "happy snaps" that seem to fit in incidentally to holiday movements. I found 24mm on FF ok for my purposes as I guess I'm not a wide angle user. Perhaps you see more shots in wide angle or will get more time to frame them more carefully so may benefit from it more.
Rounding out your kit with a tele is always a good option if you have the cash and I like the 70-300Vr K1W1 recommends, it was my most used lens till I bought the 2.8's.