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Nikon 70-300 VR

faulknerstv 13 421 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2008 7:30PM
am thinking of getting this lens, and would be grateful of any opions about it, and has it a new improved VR

cheers Steve

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I bought mine in April. It's a great lens as you can take photos at slow speeds. I like the results.
Have a look at my PF and find the photos called "Nag's Head (2)" and "Sapperton Valley... (2)" aswell as some flowers "Indian Summer (4 and 1" and "Glimpses of Summer (13,12,8,7)". All taken with the 70-300mm VR.

I don't think you'll be disappointed by that lens. JNC
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2008 8:12PM
at least, not until you try the 70-200... Wink
10 Dec 2008 8:15PM
Had mine for over a year now - I use it for sports photography (mainly Lacrosse). I think it's a useful lens at a reasonable price. I tend to use my 18-200 VR a lot more though as a general walkabout lens.

Regards Stuart
10 Dec 2008 8:56PM
I could not afford the 70 - 200 plus TC so went for the 70 - 300 VR. Yes it does have the latest VR technology. Have used it with D70s and D300 with reasonable results but have found it a bit soft at max apertures so tend to shoot in aperture priority at f8 or 16. Most of recent my PF shots feature this lens, always handheld and most are a heavy crop of the original.

But the big question is 'What do you want to use it for?'

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
10 Dec 2008 10:28PM
I just looked at some images taken with this lens and wasn't impressed, why not save a little more and get the Sigma 70-200 2.8, a beautiful lens which i owned till i dropped it in the sand at the beach, i was well p!$$ed off!!!!

another beauty is the Sigma 120-300, very expensive though and one i would like to save for.......there's always the credit card though?
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2008 11:01PM
70-300 vr i love it and mine is a great performer too. its all about pitching into the right aperatures with any lens and this is no different 5.6 to f11 stunning, falls off slightly at 300 outside these stops but so do they all. great all rounder.
somebody mentioned the 18-200 whats that like is it up to A3 prints?
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
11 Dec 2008 2:16AM

Quote:somebody mentioned the 18-200 whats that like is it up to A3 prints?

Surely that depends on what distance you are viewing the print at?
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2008 1:04PM
im talking about A3 serious prints that a judge puts his glasses on for and sees every bloody fault he can find, Many lens are unsuitable for this scrutiny, my Nikkor 12-24 , 18-70, & 70-300vr all are . thats all, its the extreme range that both attracts and yet worries me.
wamp 11 276 8 England
11 Dec 2008 1:35PM
I've had really good A3 prints that were taken on my 18-200 @ 200mm and @18mm that I have studied and been really pleased with. Shots of my 3 year old running around to static owls on posts. That said they've only been judged by my wife before they're allowed to be framed and put on the wall - she is quite harsh! lol

Cheers, Sean
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2008 4:31PM

Quote:NEWMANP... 12-24

Seriously? My dad's 12-24 makes beautiful A3 prints. Even my 18-135 was fine for inspections under loupe at the wide end, although I've just upgraded that one to 17-55 (haven't used the upper range of the kit lens since I got my macro)
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2008 4:42PM
sorry mate, that was meant to read that my 3 lens are suitable for A3 prints, i can see how it could be read otherwise, all three are stunning performers, if there are any problems they are of my creation not the glass, i wanted to know if the 18-200 lives up to the others,

my mate wharmby has the 18-135 and its suprisingly good for the money too.
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2008 7:57PM
Yeah, the 18-135 is pretty nice. Don't use it much anymore, but as a first lens it was incredible. In fact, it was the reason I finally made the move to DSLR. Reasonably sharp, and covered a broader range than the bridge camera I had before it.
I've heard many a good thing about the 18-200. There's obvious quality trade-offs, but for what it is, it's a good example. I think digicammad has one, and likes it. Best travel lens out there I think.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
12 Dec 2008 5:42PM
The most comprehensive Nikon source for lens information is imaging.nikon.com
This tells you everything about the lens, including MTF and a link to how VR 11 works http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/lens/af/zoom/af-s_vr_zoom70-300mmf_45-56g_if/index.htm
It is an extremely good 70-300 lens.

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