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    Default Zoom Lens Choices - Expert Advice Needed.

    Howdy Guys

    I've been meddling with my Kit lens D80 (18-135mm) for sometime now.
    Wish to add a Zoom lens to my arsenal.
    However I should say I'm really spoilt for choices as I'm considering the below mentioned Lenses:



    Here's the questions:
    1. I'm really tempted with the price of the Nikon AF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G, however does the VR function really help/affect much?
    2. As for the Sigma Counterparts, do they have their version of VR built-in?
    3. How much does the above mentioned Sigma Lenses going for?
    4. Any life-encounters to share with me on above mentioned lenses?


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    Default Re: Zoom Lens Choices - Expert Advice Needed.

    i'm no expert,but i will go for Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

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    my choice will be Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED too... vibration reduction is like image stabilisation which i find it useful. esp for zoom lense.

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    Default Re: Zoom Lens Choices - Expert Advice Needed.

    I have the 70-300mm VR and i've used the 70-300G before... the VR at 200mm onwards is really helpful unless u have perfect lightings...
    get the 70-300 VR if ur budget allows else get the non VR ver, shld be less than 1/2 the price of the VR ver but not easy to handheld at 300mm though...
    one thing to note is that the 70-300VR(700++ gms) is quite heavy compared to the non VR ver..

    70-300 VR rocks!!...
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    Default Re: Zoom Lens Choices - Expert Advice Needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by ijnek View Post
    i'm no expert,but i will go for Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
    Quote Originally Posted by zzyzx View Post
    my choice will be Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED too... vibration reduction is like image stabilisation which i find it useful. esp for zoom lense.
    Thanks Guys for your opinion! Especially taking your lunch time off to help me with the queries.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunboi80 View Post
    I have the 70-300mm VR and i've used the 70-300G before... the VR at 200mm onwards is really helpful unless u have perfect lightings...
    get the 70-300 VR if ur budget allows else get the non VR ver, shld be less than 1/2 the price of the VR ver but not easy to handheld at 300mm though...
    one thing to note is that the 70-300VR(700++ gms) is quite heavy compared to the non VR ver..

    70-300 VR rocks!!...
    Hmm... Thanks Sunboi for your opinion as well.
    How about the Sigma Counterparts?
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    Default Re: Zoom Lens Choices - Expert Advice Needed.

    Nice set of choices you have there!
    If you have the money I would definitely recomment the Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. I have the 18-200mm VRII and in my experience the vibration reduction makes an enormous difference, particularly in situations where you don't have an eternity to compose a shot at long focal lengths. This can make big difference where any blur in the image is unacceptable or the shooting conditions don't allow you to use a fast shutter speed; unless you always have a tripod with you, no VR will severely ristrict your handheld shooting options at 300mm. Some of the Sigma lenses have OS (optical stabilisation) but I have no experience with that system so I can't comment on its effectiveness. Hope this helps.
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    Default Re: Zoom Lens Choices - Expert Advice Needed.

    no expert here..

    i'm a poor man.. so suggesting the nikkor 70-300mm G.. =)

    costs merely a fraction (let me see.. maybe a sixth?) of the VR version.. it doesn't go well if you have bad light since it's no VR.. but at that price point.. it's something worth considering..

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    hi. i do own the apo version of the sigma. 70-300. pretty decent lense. i wasnt sure if i really needed the telephoto range yet so i decided to get a relatively cheap one. i was comparing it to the 55-200 vr. and after testing both plus the dude at john 316 telling me that the sigma has better iq than the 55-200 at a cheaper price.

    of course the 70-300 nikkor would have better iq than the sigma but its also more expensive. depending on your personal prefrences and what u shoot for, self or paid? u can always upgrade later when u have found and tested your style.

    after playing around now for a couple of months im going to upgrade soon to probably a prime telephoto cause that means ultimate sharpness!! hhaahaha
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    The AF on Nikon 70-300 G (non-vr) is way too slow even on a D200 body.

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    Default Re: Zoom Lens Choices - Expert Advice Needed.

    i used to hav the sigma 70-300mm before... the iq of the nikon 70-300mm is definitely better than the sigma ver. but you are right the price difference is 3x more also..
    the sigma has a marcro func...(i think at 200-300mm then can activate) quite useful if u like marcos...

    if u wan a lens to test if u need the focal length u can get the sigma.. if ur pockets is deep enuff and u can get the nikon ver... VR at more than 200mm really very useful...
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    I would go for the 70-300mm VR.. it's not about having the VR or not although it would be an advantage to have the function. But the Nikon AF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G is simply too slow in terms of focusing. Don't be fooled because it is affordable, check out both lens and you'll see the difference.
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    Default Re: Zoom Lens Choices - Expert Advice Needed.

    Let me throw into the mix here a Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8. There are 4 versions of this...

    1. AF 80-200 f/2.8 (one touch)
    2. AF 80-200 f/2.8D (one touch)
    3. AF 80-200 f/2.8D (two touch)
    4. AFS 80-200 f/2.8D

    You can get #1 for $600-$700 2nd hand, #2 for $700-$900 2nd hand, #3 for $900-$1100 2nd hand, and #4... mmmm... just saw one at $2.2K 2nd hand...
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