N80 Zoom Lens Recommendation

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Peter Gibbons, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. I own a Nikon N80 and currently have a 28-80mm zoom lens. I'm looking
    to get another zoom lens around 300mm for shooting sports
    (specifically daytime football games), airshows, etc.

    My budget is roughly $400-$500 - can anyone recommend a decent quality
    zoom lens for this price? Are mirrored lenses worth looking into at
    Peter Gibbons, Nov 5, 2003
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  2. Peter Gibbons

    columbotrek Guest

    columbotrek, Nov 5, 2003
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  3. Peter Gibbons

    bmoag Guest

    Do not get a mirror lens for this camera: they are hard to focus under any
    In my humble opinion there is not much difference between third party and
    Nikon lenses in this price range and focal length. So I would save some
    money and look into Sigma/Tamron et al. Just avoid that 28-300 doorstop.
    bmoag, Nov 6, 2003
  4. I'd pass on a mirror lens, even if you could find one which would
    meter with an N80.

    If you want to buy a new lens for this purpose, at that price range
    you'll be looking at second-tier lenses like the Nikon 70~300 ED
    (~$275), Tokina 80~400 (~380) or Sigma 135~400 (~$500). I own the
    Nikkor and have used the Tokina; both are somewhat soft at the long

    Used, that price range will cover a decent copy of the older model
    300mm f4 ED-IF, which ain't a zoom but is a top-quality hunk of glass.
    Michael Benveniste, Nov 6, 2003
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