a little help with a telephoto plase!

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  1. sburatorul

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    i want to buy a telephoto lens to complete the kit lens and i am in a bit of a doubt. i have several options within my budget. these include the tamron 70-300mm, the nikkor 55-200mm VR, the nikkor 70-300mm, all are af-s so there should be no problem in focusing with the d60. i am kinda leaning towards the nikkor 55-200mm vr but i really don't know at the moment so some advice would sure help me.
     
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    What is the most important factor for you? Is it quality, focal-length, minimum apeture or price? My personal recommendation would be for the Nikon 70-300, but make sure you don't get the one with the plastic lens mount!
     
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    i would love myself the nikon 70-300 if it was the VR version but that one is considerably more expensive and i do want a VR unit on it as i am quite lazy sometimes and don't always carry my tripod around (bad tripod anyway, it shakes and moves if i even touch the camera)
     
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    There are 2 Nikkor 70-300's... the VR version and the D version. Make SURE you get the VR version for autofocus on your D60.

    Additionally, the Tamron needs to be the AF 70-300MM F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro version with the built in motor (this is critical for your D60). They have made a version of this lens for years without the internal focusing, so be SURE you get the internal motor version.

    The 70-300 VR is a nice lens, but for the money I would start with the 55-200 VR which is unbelievably sharp for a $200 lens... AND has VR.

    The Tamron is a great lens, though... I have the non-internal motor version and it is really excellent for the price.
     
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    I opt for the 55-200 as well. The 70-300 doesn't balance as well on the D40/60.
     
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    of course no matter the lens i chose it will be AF-S (internal motor for AF on d60). in the meantime i had the oportunity to play with a fellow forum member's tamron 70-300mm. his was the AF Canon mount as he was using it on a 40d (great camera) but it left a bit of a bad impression on me, i especially don't like the little trepidation at the end of the slow focus, the entire camera(and the 40d is not small)was shaking in my hands while the lens struggled to focus. it is great for macro though but not action. that and the lack of vibration reduction eliminated the tamron from my list of choices.

    i do have the budget to get the nikkor 70-300mm vr but i think i'll be better off with the 55-200mm and a sb-600 on the same budget. what do you think?

    @Sw1tchFX what do you mean "doesn't balance as well on the d40/d60"?
     
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    Some one help me out here. How many 70-200 are there that are made by Nikon. Canon makes the 70-200 f/4L which is about $550ish new and is an amazing lens for the price. In fact, it's one of the sharpest telephoto zoomz they make.

    What does Nikon have that's close to this? I know they make an 80-200, but what's the price/quality. I know they also make at least one 70-200, but it's the 70-200 f/2.8 VR which is probably about $1700.

    Sigma also makes a 70-200 f/2.8 that's pretty good for the price.

    Any ways, I'd prefer to aim for sharpness and better IQ with a faster aperture rather than focal length range and image stabilization/vibration reduction/etc...
     
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    The 80-200mm f/2.8 is a good idea. Nikon or Sigma. I own a Tokina 80-200mm f/2.8 and I wouldn't give it away but I wouldn't suggest it to friends either.

    The 70-300mm VR...



    eh, not so much.

    I shot with one the other day and was underwhelmed. It might have been a bad copy but on the easy shots it was ok.
     
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    Most "cheap"(I know, very subjective) 70-300's are pretty soft at one end of the spectrum or sometimes all the way across.
     
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    well you are going in another league there... i'm looking for a budget telephoto at around 200 euros and those (the 80-200 and the 70-200) are way past a thousand :mrgreen:. Right now the best buy for me seems the 55-200 nikkor vr.
     
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    Is the 55-200 constant aperture? What is the aperture on it?

    The Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 that I mentioned above is a sound buy as well.
     
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    its f4-5.6. i like the sigma 70-200 2.8 and i think its a pretty fast lens if we consider the wide aperture but at almost 1000 euros i can't really afford it and even if i could i don't think i am ready to invest that much in a lens right now, after all, i've just update from a fuji 5700 a month ago and i am pretty new at this. thanks for the advice but i think i'm going to stick to the nikor 55-200mm :) or if someone has some other suggestion within 250 euros :)
     

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