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#1 Dodge

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 05:51 PM

I'm trying to decide whether to replace my AF-S 55-200 VR lens with the AF-S 70-300mm VR. Price difference is not an issue, but the 70-300mm VR does have that nice "post AF manual focus override" facility the 55-200 lacks. Plus the extra 100mm reach. Now, is the optical quality of the 200-300mm range as bad as some web-based reviewers say it is? I think I need more focal length. The birds are so timid!
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 07:18 PM

The 70-300VR is head and shoulders above the 55-200VR in both useful range and IQ. Plus the VR on the 70-300VR is top notch! I had the original 55-200DX lens it was small and fairly decent but not in the same league as the 70-300VR. The deer shot was taken at 300mm at 1/20 hand held. The eagle shot is to show how sharp the lens is. Both are at 300mm and I have not found that the 70-300VR is bad at 300 as a matter of fact I find it very good at 300mm. This is a great throw in your bag lens it is fairly small and light and gives you a very useful range with very good IQ. Plus one more thing this will make Mule happy the 70-300VR is full frame and will work with most modern film and FX DSLR's. Jim Attached File  post_153_1219208343.jpg   109.62KB   3 downloads Attached File  post_153_1219277303.jpg   146.86KB   4 downloads

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 08:40 PM

As James says, I would get goosebumps all over if you opted for a FF lens - and you will too since I will prophesy that most members of this forum will own an FX body within 3-5 years. Just keep lens speed (maximum aperture) in mind as this limits any lens's usefulness. Fortunately, VR overcomes it in a very cost effective way. For action subjects, AF-S is equally important. The 70-300 VR is a solid Nikon value. Mule
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 02:56 AM

I've only had mine since Christmas and the weather has'nt been very good. So far I'm very impressed - it's a very good lens for the price. Most of the time I've had to use it wide open and it's not bad at all. On this basis it should be very good when the weather allows f8! AF speed is'nt stellar but better than a lot of similar zooms. And physically it's light and, because of it's shape when extended and internal focusing it's very easy and comfortable to hold. As I said, I have'nt had too much opportunity to really test it yet but here's some seagulls taken on a fairly grim day at 300mm f5.6. Attached File  28.12.08_039.jpg   91.51KB   5 downloads Attached File  27.12.08_053.jpg   80.28KB   7 downloads Attached File  28.12.08_059.jpg   71.54KB   3 downloads
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:11 AM

Dodge --- as Sir James has said and showed proof of the wonderful capabilites of this jewel of a lens. I have not used mine in awhile but love it. Works wonderfully with my Full Framers (F4 and F5). Mule........ Another Full Framer is in my sorta long range plans... :D

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 06:28 AM

I have this lens a well and would not be without it!
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 06:58 AM

I have this lens a well and would not be without it!


Hi Nobby, and my thoughts are exactly as yours. I haven't taken many pics with it but the few that were captured are amazing in my book... :)

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:42 AM

Interesting information, thanks to all for posting your experiences with this Nikon lens.
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:06 AM

Thanks all for replying. I think I'm going to ditch the 55-200 VR. I bought it second hand while on holiday last year, when I couldn't spare more than £200. So, "Ebay out, Ebay in", as I always say. Hopefully I'll have one before too long. All the best to you all, and those pics are proof that the 70-300 VR is good.
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Posted 04 May 2009 - 04:01 AM

Well, I went and traded my 55-200 VR in (at my favourite shop in the North East of England) for the 70-300 VR, and am happy with my decision. I went for a nice walk yesterday and had the camera with me and must say that even though this is a big lens it was not cumbersome with the MB-D80 battery grip ensuring that everything was nicely balanced. I'll post some images on here when I have some worthy ones.
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Posted 04 May 2009 - 04:15 AM

Well, I went and traded my 55-200 VR in (at my favourite shop in the North East of England) for the 70-300 VR, and am happy with my decision. I went for a nice walk yesterday and had the camera with me and must say that even though this is a big lens it was not cumbersome with the MB-D80 battery grip ensuring that everything was nicely balanced. I'll post some images on here when I have some worthy ones.


Glad you like the lens, I love mine. Which shop by the way, I'm from Whitburn so probably know it.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 11:03 AM

I got mine at D&P in Gosforth, Newcastle on Tyne. A great shop, I've been patronising them for years (even though I live in Kent). My parents live nearby.
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 09:21 PM

A great looking lens and great seagull shots, greypoint. The 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens is one that I've been thinking of replacing my 70-300G with. It's going to be my stand-in birding lens until I get my telephoto primes.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 02:51 AM

A great looking lens and great seagull shots, greypoint. The 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens is one that I've been thinking of replacing my 70-300G with. It's going to be my stand-in birding lens until I get my telephoto primes.



Excellent decision....from another D50 owner....Da 50!! :rolleyes:

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 05:34 AM

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 08:13 AM

I have one on layaway with a friend of mine. He upgraded to the 70-200 2.8 and feels that the 70-300 VR is redundant. He may regret that but I'm going to jump on the deal before he changes his mind. B) OD
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 08:17 AM

Yes, I believe he will regret it. I like the 70-200 VR will have it probably for ever, but for a walk around its not. I start back to the gym next month so may be I will build enough muscle to handle it.

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 09:24 AM

I have this lens and am amazed at the capablities of it. it's well worth having. This was taken with it on a D300 at 300mm. Attached File  Kingfisher001.jpg   185.02KB   0 downloads

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 03:11 PM

Here's a couple shots with taken with my 70-300 VR. Jeff Attached File  IMMATURE_BALD_EAGLE98.jpg   338.11KB   3 downloads Attached File  IMMATURE_BALD_EAGLE104.jpg   481.28KB   1 downloads
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Posted 15 September 2009 - 08:36 PM

This is one of the better bargains in latest Nikkor technology and should be seriously considered for its sub-$600 price - but, it is also a you-get-what-you-pay-for design. Here are Bjorn's typically accurate results from his tests: "This lens is a further development of an affordable all-in-one zoom lens for the keen amateurs, and they get good value for their money too. The 70-300 delivers crisp and sharp images all along its zooming range, and the VR adds further practical usefulness to it (so would of course a faster speed, but then the lens would not be this compact, nor affordable). There is mild barrel distortion on the short end that quickly changes into the pincushion type, and this is manifestedly visible beyond 200 mm. My main gripe is the presence of chromatic aberrations that creep in towards the telephoto end and since they comprise both the red-cyan and the blue-yellow type, removing them in post-processing takes a little patience and might demand more efforts than the average user is prepared to apply to his or her image files. Otherwise, the lens handles quite nicely even on the D3, and the dedicated long lens hood reduced flare too. Set the lens to f/5.6-f/8 at the short end and around f/8-f/11 at the long end to extract maximum image quality from it." If I didn't ahave the 70-200 VR this much lighter, albiet slower, lens would be in my bag for sure. I loved my older AF ED version - just wasn't a fast performer. Mule
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 02:27 AM

I am glad that I got this lens as it is "SWEET".

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 01:05 AM

Congrats on the lens I love mine! Jim

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 06:17 PM

Probably won't be able to get mine till February '10 as my wife wants her own 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5. ~sigh~




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