Nikon Telephoto Recommendations

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by hotchkisstrio, Jan 12, 2005.

  1. Hello,

    I'm looking for recommendations for an affordable telephoto or telephoto
    zoom for Nikon. I would like a good quality lens, but it does not have to
    be of the quality of a 80-200 VR f2.8.

    Just something I can acquire for $500 or less and will give me good
    snapshots of my kid playing pee-wee soccer from the other side of the field.
    And maybe an occasional picture of a bird.

    I have a Nikon D70 with the 18-70 AFS-IF kit lens.


    Paul H.
    hotchkisstrio, Jan 12, 2005
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  2. hotchkisstrio

    columbotrek Guest

    I have a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 AF-D ED for that kind of shooting. About $300.
    It is not the same lens as the lower priced AF-G version. It is to
    slow for hand held low light shooting unless you want to use very fast
    iso settings with the compromises that entails. I am happy with the
    Snaps I get with it even though it is a bit soft beyond 200mm but still
    good enough for 5x7 prints. The 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D is much less
    expensive than the 70-200 f/2.8 AFS-VR. On a tripod, The 80-200 is sharp
    enough to make great 12X17" prints. Another lens I have used is the
    80-400mm f/4 AFS-VR but at over $1000 is far beyond the budget stated.
    columbotrek, Jan 12, 2005
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  3. hotchkisstrio

    [BnH] Guest

    For outdoor activities, you can get the Nikkor AF 70-300 G. It is reasonably
    cheap and sharp too.
    Just boost the ISO to 400 and I believe you can still get around 1/500"
    speed on f/8 or so.

    [BnH], Jan 12, 2005
  4. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but consider an older used, one-touch
    80-200 f/2.8D without tripod mount. You get slow AF speed, some
    ergonomic hassles, and the same world-class optics as in the current
    80-200 f/2.8D. I spent about $400 for mine.
    Michael Benveniste, Jan 13, 2005
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