New lens, good for taking long-distance photos / wildlife?

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  1. Dave442

    Dave442 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have the 70-300mm AF-S VR lens. It works fine and is small enough to carry around all day. I think this is a good lens to get started with shooting at the 300mm focal length range.

    It is f/5.6 at that end so you need good light, and you really want to be at f/8 or f/11 to maximize sharpness.

    However, today there is the new 70-300 DX AF-P VR lens and that is said to be a bit sharper at 300mm so you can use f/5.6 or f/6.3 with decent results. The price on this lens is below that of the above if buying new.

    The two 70-300mm models noted above offer faster AF than the 55-300mm lens and that is what you want for wildlife.


     
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    Thank you for your comments everyone. I have decides i will go with the AF-P DX NIKKOR
    70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR lens for now, and in the future i will buy a 2nd hand longer lens. Thank you all for your help!
     
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    Beyond 300mm it becomes more difficult, bulky and expensive.

    At 500mm, all the current options that I looked at were around $1,000 and up.

    I went with an older 500mm mirror lens, because it gave me more reach at an affordable price. The big negative is that it is a manual focus lens, which is OK for static or SLOW moving subjects. But for a lens that I use less than 1% of the time, it was an acceptable trade-off.
     
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    Look at the newer Tamron 70-300. It’s a great alternative to the Nikon with super image stabilization. This was at 300mm in a shaded forest.

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