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Anybody have a Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 afs vr?

Gary_Macleod 13 162 Scotland
19 Jun 2008 9:39AM
just wondering if anybody out there could let me know how they find the nikon 70-300mm F4-5.6 afs vr lens? I've been toying with getting a 70 -300mm lens and at first was looking at the sigma APO version. it will be used along with a D80.

thanks in advance

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19 Jun 2008 10:27AM
I have the Nikon 70-300mm VR on my D50. It's a brilliant lens. The VR system allows you to take photos handheld at 1/60th sec. It's very sharp too. I've used it for flowers and I'm very pleased.
I wondered about the Sigma but someone on the forum when I did the same enquiry as you, put convincing arguments towards the Nikon.
Good luck making your decision.
Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 6:16PM
I've had one for just a few weeks now and am very impressed with it so far. As Jean-Noel says, the VR is very effective if you're careful. I'm afraid I've been using it almost exclusively for butterflies and insects up until now, and though it's no macro, it doesn't do a bad job. I did a lot of reading up before buying it and I think for the money you'd be hard pushed to do better.

alwolf 10 341 3 England
19 Jun 2008 6:30PM
Ive got one teamed with a D80, and i think it's really good,couple of Motox images on PF taken with this lens........by the way i am no expert lol

LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 9:29AM
As others are saying it is a very good 70-300 with the bonus of up to 4 speeds VR and for an f5.6 lens quick AF.
It is digitally sensor optimized, optically better than Nikon's previous versions, well built relative to price and very definitely worth buying.
1 Jul 2008 8:38PM
For the money it's a super lens, very sharp and the vr works brilliantly.
4 Jul 2008 9:26PM
I've got the Nikon 70-300 VR and the Sigma 70-300 APO (non HSM) and I actually prefer the Sigma without the VR.

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