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  1. #1
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    D70 macro and 70-300mm

    hi guys,

    I am looking to purchase a macro lense and 70-300mm lense for my D70 but not sure what to get.

    I was looking at the Nikon DX 55-200mm f4-5.6 ED - what are your thoughts on this one? Can someone explain the difference between Nikon 70-300mm f4-5.6 G and the Nikon 70-300mm f4-5.6D ED?

    My other option is the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro but I've seen some mixed reviews.

    I would really appreciate some suggestions for a good 'amateur' macro and 70-300mm lense

    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrogirl
    hi guys,

    I am looking to purchase a macro lense and 70-300mm lense for my D70 but not sure what to get.

    I was looking at the Nikon DX 55-200mm f4-5.6 ED - what are your thoughts on this one? Can someone explain the difference between Nikon 70-300mm f4-5.6 G and the Nikon 70-300mm f4-5.6D ED?

    My other option is the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro but I've seen some mixed reviews.

    I would really appreciate some suggestions for a good 'amateur' macro and 70-300mm lense

    Thanks
    Go with the Sigma 70-300 APO. Do not get the DL as it is as poor as the Nikkor 70-300G (I have the Nikkor so I know).

    The Nikkor 70-300 D is "as good" as the Sigma but costs $100 more, so again go with the Sigma. Keep in mind that these are consumer grade lenses so they have a smaller sweet spot in focal length/aperture performance, but used within their limits they work very well.

    The Sigma is also a macro type lens at 1:2, although true macro is 1:1 it still qualifies.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
    Ha! See, I can change...


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  3. #3
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    The 55-200 Nikkor is a pretty crap lens. It is fine at 55mm, but at 200mm it gets to be rather crap. The 70-300 APO DG version from Sigma is your best bet, and rather affordable at that.

    The ED lens uses better optics and better build quality, it gives better results than the G version. But the Sigma is cheaper and a nice lens.

    For an affordable macro lens you can do much worse than to look at the Sigma EX f2.8 50mm DG macro, it is a very nice 1:1 macro, nice and sharp with good contrast, and it is rather cheap for a dedicated macro lens.
    Other affordable macros include the 90mm 2.8 Tamron SP Di and the 105mm Sigma EX DG macro, but the 50mm Sigma really is a steal if funds are tight.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

  4. #4
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    Thanks guys, much appreciated - I've decided to get the Sigma 70-300 APO.

  5. #5
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    What was the result from buying this lens? I'm looking at getting it also and just wondering what you think of it? Got any good photos to show off?

  6. #6
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    These photos really stuck in my mind for this particular lens. These aren't mine. These are TheObiJuan's.

    It's a nice reminder of what you can do given the proper skill and the right conditions.





  7. #7
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    Talking

    Quote Originally Posted by coldrain
    For an affordable macro lens you can do much worse than to look at the Sigma EX f2.8 50mm DG macro, it is a very nice 1:1 macro, nice and sharp with good contrast, and it is rather cheap for a dedicated macro lens.
    Other affordable macros include the 90mm 2.8 Tamron SP Di and the 105mm Sigma EX DG macro, but the 50mm Sigma really is a steal if funds are tight.

    I have a Sigma 105mm Macro which is great for both portraits and macro.

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