Best Nikon long lens

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  1. ILovePlaya

    ILovePlaya TPF Noob!

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    Thought I would ask this here.
    Have NIkon d40.
    Have the 15-200vr.
    What would be the best bang for the $$$
    in a longer lens to shoot wildlife without
    having to apply for a bailout?
    Thank's in advance, Craig.:sexywink:
     
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    Whats your price range?

    The 70-300 f/4.5 is around $400-$500
    The 80-200 f/2.8 is around $900
    The 70-200 f/2.8 VR is about $1,500
     
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    The 70-300 G lens can be had for $100, and it is a pretty darned good lens for the money.

    I am a fan of the Tamron 70-300 LD DI Macro, which is light and cheap and very sharp.

    The 80-400 VR is a good lens for longer shots, but it is kind of slow and kind of pricey at $1700.

    I have the Sigma "Bigma" 50-500, which is a BEAST of a lens. It is fairly sharp considering the range of the lens... and I will make ya a deal on it if you want it (I just don't use it much).

    Here is a "walk around the zoo" that I shot with the Bigma one day... except for a couple of crops, these are unedited JPEGS strait from the camera. No sharpening applied, all shot handheld.

    These pictures are nothing special, I simply shot them to show people what this particular lens can do.

    BIGMA all 60+ photos (clicky)

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    (unsharpened, unedited JPEG, backlit, 500mm, handheld)

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    (unsharpened, unedited JPEG, 370mm, handheld)

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    (unsharpened, unedited JPEG, backlit, 100mm, handheld)

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    (unsharpened, unedited JPEG, backlit, 500mm, handheld)

    Here's what you get with 50-500 range:

    The first is 50mm... and the second is 500mm just a few seconds later as the calf grazed past the mother, shot from the exact location (again handheld, unedited JPEGs):

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    If you can live with:

    losing a stop of light, you can go with a 1.4x teleconverter ($350)
    two stops of light, you can go with a a 2.0x teleconverter ($430)

    I'm assuming that, since you have a D40, your lenses are AF-S.
     
  5. ILovePlaya

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    Yes, they are.

    and I will make ya a deal on it if you want it (I just don't use it much).

    How much did you pay and how much do you want?
    Thank's for everyone's input.
    Craig.:sexywink:
     
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    $1000 paid, I would take $750 (it includes a $100 UV filter to protect the lens... the filter is in a very odd size and is a bit hard to find).
     
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    $1000 paid, I would take $750 (it includes a $100 UV filter to protect the lens... the filter is in a very odd size and is a bit hard to find).

    The lens has about 1K pictures on it and is a couple years old. It is in excellent condition, the only "nick" on it is a tiny one on the tripod mounting foot that simply comes from use... if you are serious I will take pictures of it to show you.

    Obviously, it's never been dropped or abused.

    Here it is in action:

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    A friend of mine has this lens and it is very nice.
     
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    ILovePlaya, the 70-300 will be with no auto focus for the d40, only AF-S lenses that work with auto focus in d40.. this the biggest mistake that nikon done to this little dslr :(
    so most of the lenses that works with the d40 fully are expensive
     
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    The one Playa is talking about is the 70-300 AF-S VR.
     
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    Well, if he is looking into the 70-300G, Sigma and Tamron both make a 70-300 model with a AF motor in the lens that will make it to where it AFs on the D40/ They are only about $140 on amazon, new, for both brands. If you are strictly looking for VR, go for th Nikkor 70-300 F/4.5-5.6 VR. If it doenst mean as much to you as the price tag does, get the Tamron or Sigma motorized lenses. both are exceptionally sharp and nice lenses. Go to www.pixel-peeper.com/lenses/Sigma or www.pixel-peeper.com/lenses/Tamron and find the lenses on there to look at pictures with that lens. You can even choose which lens:camera combo you want to see the shot with. I got the Nikkor 70-300G and I love it. I dont mind that it doesnt have the VR, but you have to have the steady hand for it. Worth saving the $300-400 I'd say.

    Mark
     
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    From personal experience save your money and buy the good glass (you get what you pay for). I have many of the Nikkor lenses and find the 200-400mm F4, IF, ED, Vr lens the best all around lens I own (for wildlife and sports - my opinion only). You may need a bail out however to purchase this lens ($4,500.00)
     

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