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  1. #1
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    Oct 2006

    Best bang for the buck 70-300 for D80

    any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Darien, Il (SW Burbs of Chicago)
    Not sure what the question is really?

    Are you asking what is the best 70-300 lens for a D80 in terms of quality vs. price?

    Or are you asking if the 70-300 is the best lens for the D80?

    Or are you asking something else?

    Nikon D50
    Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
    Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom
    Nikkor 50mm F/1.8
    Nikon SB-600 (New for Xmas '08)
    LowePro Slingshot 200 Bag

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Des Plaines, IL

    Lightbulb Hey ... why not this idea?

    You might want to wait and grab onto the brand new TAMRON AF28-300mm f3.5-6.3 VC Di LD lens when it is released. It becomes effectively a 42-450mm lens on the Nikon ... has anti-sh-sh-shake and added that lower focal width.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-14-2007 at 03:19 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    It's pretty much generally agreed that the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG is the best of the "budget" long zooms - sells for a little over $200 at reputable online dealers. Nikon's new 70-300 VR looks really nice but is significantly more expensive (~$500).
    D300 | MB-D10

    18-105MM F/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR | 105mm f/1.8 AI-S | 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR | 80-200 f/2.8 | 50mm f1.4 | SB-900 | SB-600

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    +1 for the Sigma.
    In terms of bank for buck it can't be beaten. It is a budget lens and other lenses will produce better images in some circumstances but you can't beat the price / performance ratio of this lens for most users.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    God's Country - Australia
    save your money and buy the 70-300VR over the others.
    it is outstanding.
    D800e l V3 l AW1 l 16-35 l 35 l 50 l 85 l 105 l EM1 l 7.5 l 12-40 l 14 l 17 l 25 l 45 l 60 l 75

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    New Jersey
    I'm eying the sigma 70-300 lens, given all the good feedback. I've never shoot tele before, so have a couple of questions...

    What is the standard min shutter speed for handheld shots at both range of the lens? I understand generally its about 1/60... but shooting at the tele end change this?

    also, in another thread, someone shot with VR at 1/2 s at the tele end, can't rem if its 200 or 300... but this is bloody damn impressive... so I've thinking of going for the VR instead...

    So IF I shoot at fast shutter speeds (good lighting)... what other difference would there be between a VR and non-VR???
    Nikon D80
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D-AF
    Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
    ML-L3, Hoya HMC UV (52mm), Sigma EX UV (58mm)

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