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Nikon 70-300 or ?


cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
30 Dec 2009 7:19PM
I'm tempted to buy a Nikon 70-300 for my D60 but wondered whether there were any other lenses I should be looking at instead? e.g. sigma or Tamron?

Was in Hong Kong over Xmas but couldn't get a deal that bettered UK prices so my pocket has a hole burning!! Smile

PS I already have a 55-200 together with a 50mm prime
colmar 13 42 35 Scotland
30 Dec 2009 7:21PM
I sold my nikon 70 - 300 that came as a kit lens with my old d50 and replaced it with the sigma 70 - 300 a far better lens in my opinion. Similarly I bought the sigma 10 -20 after reading so many favourable things .... cannot fault them both Colin
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
30 Dec 2009 7:24PM
thanks Colin

Does the sigma have the motor bulit in to the lens too?
rowarrior 13 4.4k 9 Scotland
30 Dec 2009 7:32PM
The Sigma APO versions have the motor built in
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
30 Dec 2009 7:43PM

Quote:The Sigma APO versions have the motor built in


cheers Smile
User_Removed 11 4.6k 1 Scotland
30 Dec 2009 8:54PM

Quote:I sold my nikon 70 - 300 that came as a kit lens with my old d50 and replaced it with the sigma 70 - 300 a far better lens in my opinion. Similarly I bought the sigma 10 -20 after reading so many favourable things .... cannot fault them both Colin


Colin,

The current Nikkor 70-300mm VR zoom is a very different lens to the old one that was around at the same time as the D50. I bought mine in USA about 3 years ago just before they came on the market here in UK. The VR is very effective on it, allowing me to hand-hold at 300mm with speeds down to about 1/200th

You are right, of course, that Sigma lenses tend to be very good. Of the seven lenses I use with my D300, four are Nikkors and three are Sigma.
twordley 15 360 England
30 Dec 2009 10:03PM
i have the 70-300 VR and as mentioned it's a very different beast to the old non VR version, very fast AF and quiet
colmar 13 42 35 Scotland
30 Dec 2009 10:07PM
Eric
I would be tempted to try the newer VR lens, I am very impressed with the 18 -105mm VR Nikon that came as a kit lens with the D90, and similarly the 18-55 VR that came with the d5000. I guess I was assuming that the lens in question was the older 70 -300 Smile

Colin
paperboy 11 208
30 Dec 2009 10:31PM
16-85 AF-S VR is a great lens to fit between your others.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
31 Dec 2009 8:03AM
there is quite a price difference between the sigma and nikon...but I suppose you get what you pay for? Although if I go for the Sigma I could always get the Nikon later....
User_Removed 14 407 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2009 11:03AM
I had the sigma 70-300 and never really liked it, found it very noisy and slow focusing. Borrowed the nikon 70-300vr off a friend to compare, was most impressed, two days later I put the sigma on ebay and purchased a nikon 70-300vr.
DannoM 12 58 England
31 Dec 2009 12:38PM
the nikon 70-300mm vr is a cracking lense in the right conditions. highly recommend it
User_Removed 19 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2009 12:48PM
I know we are talking about its use on a D60 here and whilst I have to agree that it is a pretty good lens, it really does show it's weaknesses when used on a FF camera however, it is good for it's price Smile
31 Dec 2009 12:59PM
I had the same dilemma as you about 18 months ago (70-300mm Sigma APO or 70-300mm VR Nikon) and asked for advice on EPZ.

I bought the Nikon as advised and have not regretted it. Super sharp even handheld at low speed. I use it on my Nikon D50 and D90.

JNC
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
31 Dec 2009 1:52PM

Quote:I had the same dilemma as you about 18 months ago (70-300mm Sigma APO or 70-300mm VR Nikon) and asked for advice on EPZ.

I bought the Nikon as advised and have not regretted it. Super sharp even handheld at low speed. I use it on my Nikon D50 and D90.

JNC



thanks.....sounds as though I'm better off sticking with brand Smile

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