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Big Daddy
10-22-2008, 09:43 PM
I have a Nikon 70-300mm f4-f5.6 G AF at this moment and am thinking about buying a Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Lens. This lense is double what I paid for the one I have. My question is;....... is this a good choice or is there a "same" quality lense at a cheaper cost?

Turo
10-22-2008, 09:59 PM
I have not tried the equivalent offerings from Tamron or Sigma, but I can vouch for the 70-300 VRII and say that the image quality is extraordinary, as long as you have enough light! Image quality suffers a bit in low light in my experience. I mention this because I see from your signature that you have a D50 like I do, so we can't use very high ISO values like the D300/D700/D3 guys. But in decent light or better, the image quality can really be superb!

If you want to see examples of this lens with a D50, take a look at my flickr set here (all shots taken with the 70-300 VRII on a D50):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/sets/72157604149766841/

Rooz
10-23-2008, 03:08 AM
is this a good choice or is there a "same" quality lense at a cheaper cost?

not with VR there isnt. its a very good tele.

Dread Pirate Roberts
10-23-2008, 04:00 AM
Thanks Turo, I've admired those shots without knowing the lens. You've put to rest any concerns for me on the 70-300VR. Gosh $800 Australian though since the recent devaluation. At least for you in the USA it's under $500 USD.

achuang
10-23-2008, 05:04 AM
Thanks Turo, I've admired those shots without knowing the lens. You've put to rest any concerns for me on the 70-300VR. Gosh $800 Australian though since the recent devaluation. At least for you in the USA it's under $500 USD.

If you're ok about buying on ebay you can probably get the 70-300VR cheaper than $800. I missed out on it because I was too late to bid and it went for $460. Others seem to go for $500 something.

Dread Pirate Roberts
10-23-2008, 05:31 AM
Thanks Andrew good tip. I was comparing selling 2nd hand and buying new which was silly. At $500 AUD I'd be interested in the 70-300VR. I'm doing some ebaying this week it seams. Hope I'm not competing with you.:)

Visual Reality
10-23-2008, 02:25 PM
Keeping in mind it gets softer from 250-300mm, you can consciously get the most sharpness if you keep yourself at 200mm or under. Most of the time you won't need further but the benefit of this lens is, it is there if you need it and gives good results.

There isn't a lens in the price range that beats it, IMO. I'll post some examples in a bit.

philwojo
10-23-2008, 02:55 PM
I have the 70-300 Vr and love it, but will agree it is not a great low light lens, but with a good amount of light it is great.

Phil

achuang
10-23-2008, 04:18 PM
Thanks Andrew good tip. I was comparing selling 2nd hand and buying new which was silly. At $500 AUD I'd be interested in the 70-300VR. I'm doing some ebaying this week it seams. Hope I'm not competing with you.:)

Since I just bought a lens on ebay (I'm picking it up tonight) I don't think I'll be much competition for you anyway. I'll do a "guess which lens" once I get it. Seeing as I'm in the middle of exams and won't be working until the holidays I can't really afford to spend this all at once. If you haven't already found this auction I'll share it with you.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=250312928323

Big Daddy
10-23-2008, 07:49 PM
Thanks folks for your input, I bought the lens this afternoon!:D

Hey Turo, those wake boarding shots, were they taken in the sport mode? What setting did you have the lens on?:o