Telezooms


ravon11

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Hi All,
I am new to photography and would like to get a resale long telezoom to try street photography. I am lookin at sigma 70-300 or tamron 70-210.. Both cost less than my budget of $200.
Wana ask experts here any others telezooms u would recommend to up to min 200mm and budget abt $200..?
Thanks ..
 

ravon11

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Thks Tony,
But e.g. The sigma 70-300, i can spend less n hav longer focal length..
Jus wan to keep my options open n see if there are other telezooms avaialable..
 

ravon11

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Hmm.. Thanks
So i guess the nikon 55-200 is the better budget telezoom ard?
 

daredevil123

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Hmm.. Thanks
So i guess the nikon 55-200 is the better budget telezoom ard?
With your budget, yes. Pretty much the best you can do.

Or you can save some more and go for the Nikon 70-300 VR. Or save even more and go for the 70-200/2.8VR
 

Sgdevilzz

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I would save alittle more to get AT LEAST a 2nd hand 70-300mm VR
 

Blur Shadow

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Sgdevilzz said:
I would save alittle more to get AT LEAST a 2nd hand 70-300mm VR
Actually, I never thought much of the Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED.

Yeah, it is a competent lens. But if I'm on DX, i'd rather save the cash and go for either the Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED or the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR.

If I'm on FX, I'd go for the better telephoto lenses. I certainly won't go FX only to compromise my the lenses.
 

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TS asked for $200 budget, and you recommend 70-300VR? Might as well recommend 70-200/2.8VR2. At this budget, the best by a large margin is the Nikon 55-200. You need to spend much more to get better results, 70-300VR is only better in range, optically not different in the overlapping range. To be really better you need the 80-200/2.8.

See Thom Hogan's review www.bythom.com and look for 55-200VR.
 

ravon11

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Thanks all for comments. Yes, my budget is abt 200 bucks. So i guess u wont recommend the sigma 70-300 or the tamron 70-210? Both r cheaper than the nikon 55-200, preowned..
Anyone used those lens before? Any comments are welcome..
 

ravon11

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@doediealsomustdive... Thanks, good website..
 

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You're most welcome. I have both the 80-200/2.8 and 55-200VR, used for different ocassions. And had a 70-300ED, which was not bad a lens, but not better than the 55-200.
 

ravon11

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Thanks all..
I found that there are quite a few telezooms lens on the market.
Wana ask if fully zoomed in at say.. 200 or 300mm, daylight, street photography, does the vr reali plays a part to get sharp image? Cos i wan tinkin shootin at shutter say above 1/640, shouldnt hav shake? Correct me if i'm wrong..?
 

Blur Shadow

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ravon11 said:
Thanks all..
I found that there are quite a few telezooms lens on the market.
Wana ask if fully zoomed in at say.. 200 or 300mm, daylight, street photography, does the vr reali plays a part to get sharp image? Cos i wan tinkin shootin at shutter say above 1/640, shouldnt hav shake? Correct me if i'm wrong..?
Well, in bright daylight, or indeed, given the high ISO capabilities of the modern digital sensor, that won't be a problem.

Nonetheless, most of these cheap telephotos have apertures of f/5.6 or smaller, so do factor that in. VR may turn out to be more useful that you think.
 

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Good lighting, good posture and shooting technique all help. VR is useful also, since many tele zooms are f/5.6 so when light goes down a bit you still can shoot. The natural progression from there would be fast prime, but that's another story and quite a bit more $$.

For $200 you shoild just go ahead and enjoy the lens. Think later when you've gotten more experience. The next step will cost quite a bit more.
 

NoiNoi

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If you don't mind old lenses, go for Nikon 70-210mm D f5.6. Should fit into your budget for a used one.
 

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That's a mediocre lens at best, my opinion of it is very low. From 1990 with F801. And won't AF with lower series cameras (D40, 60, 3000, 3100, 5000, 5100).
 

ravon11

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Tats part of the reason y i started this thread..my initial target was the nikon55-200. But I hav seen ppl sellin some telezoom at pretty low price lik 160+- bucks. N i am not sure whether to spend more for the additional VR of the 55-200.
Thou some mention tat the vr helps when zoomed in.
 

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The VR will help, but don't expect miracle. Good shooting technique still required.

At 200 f/5.6, you need every bit of help you can get, slightly lower light it will be very difficult to get sharp shots.
 

ravon11

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Hmm.. Thanks all for ur remarks.. I will settle for a telezoom wif vr, or tamron call it vc!
 

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