Good Nikon 70-300mm (or thereabouts) zoom

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by BuzzyBee, Jan 24, 2008.

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    BuzzyBee Guest

    Hi,

    I was hoping to get some advice on purchasing a new zoom for my Nikon
    D70. I've used my Nikkor 75-300mm (http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/
    75300.htm) lens for the past 15 years and have had great service from
    it. However I'm noticing that it really doesn't give me the quality
    of image that I need from the digital camera. I'm not sure if it's
    just the fact it's now older and very well used or it's just that it's
    not as effective with digital as it was with my Nikon 801S.

    There are several likely replacements on the market, some which seem
    incredibly cheap, and I was wondering if anyone has taken the step of
    replacing their old Nikkor zoom with a newer digital version. If so,
    which lens would you recommend. The three contenders I am looking at
    in the Nikon range are:

    http://www.nikon.com.au/productitem.php?pid=92-014ecae279
    http://www.nikon.com.au/productitem.php?pid=89-84ea66d340
    http://www.nikon.com.au/productitem.php?pid=903-8c5b1906f6

    Any help would be gratefully received.

    Jenny
     
    BuzzyBee, Jan 24, 2008
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    BuzzyBee Guest

    Sorry the link hasn't worked correctly for the first one, it should
    be:

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/75300.htm
     
    BuzzyBee, Jan 24, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    expensive, slow, heavy, and rumoured to be replaced soon.
    that one is discontinued.
    the 70-300mm vr is the best bet. it's an excellent lens at a very fair
    price, and the stabilization is well worth it.
     
    Guest, Jan 24, 2008
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  4. Probably very nice, but large, heavy and expensive.

    That last is the one you most likely want, for its VR and reasonable cost.

    Neil
     
    Neil Harrington, Jan 24, 2008
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    M-M Guest

    M-M, Jan 24, 2008
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    BuzzyBee Guest

    Thank you to everyone for your advice. I'm going to check them out in
    the shop tonight. Hopefully it works better than the old 75-300mm
    lens.
     
    BuzzyBee, Jan 24, 2008
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    Savageduck Guest

    Mine works well, but there are limitations; it has 1st gen VR, It needs
    the VR as it is sloooow, it is heavy and if you use a tripod the VR is
    redundant. Cost about $1200 US.

    If you don't spare the expense, and you want something big, fast and
    capable of producing quality images try the AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8, and
    add a TC-17E if you want to stretch beyond the 200mm.
    http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php?cat=1&grp=5&productNr=2139
    Agreed, this is the best value for the $.
     
    Savageduck, Jan 24, 2008
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    Tony Polson Guest


    Unless there is a fault in your 75-300mm, it is probably still better
    than all the alternatives.

    The 70-300mm ED comes close to the 75-300mm but doesn't equal it,
    especially between 200mm and 300mm.

    The 70-300mm G IF-ED is optically similar to the 75-300mm ED but it
    does offer better performance on digital SLRs and fast AF-S focusing.

    The 80-400mm VR is not a sharp performer and has very slow AF.

    The 80-400mm VR is due to be replaced this year with a much-needed new
    version which will have better optical performance and fast AF-S
    focusing,

    If you must change now, I would go for the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor
    70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. If you can wait a few months I would
    suggest the updated version of the AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED.

    Another alternative is to look for a used 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR.

    But it might be cheaper to get your existing lens looked at, as it is
    known to be a pretty good performer, especially in the 200-300mm range
    where so many consumer 70-300mm lenses perform poorly.
     
    Tony Polson, Jan 24, 2008
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    Ray Paseur Guest

    Ray Paseur, Jan 24, 2008
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    If you are using the old 75-300mm Nikkor then you will find that the
    newer 70-300mm VR Nikkor is unbelievably faster and better when used
    on your D70 and will probably never go back to the early model lenses.
     
    Frank Arthur, Jan 24, 2008
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