Newbie: Help needed to decide on a Zoom Lens

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  1. theexplorer

    theexplorer TPF Noob!

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    Hello all,

    I'm a newbie at photography and have a Nikon N55 SLR camera. I'm planning to buy a Zoom lens for the same and am confused on which to buy. Can you please help me on deciding which to buy?

    Following are the choices:

    1. Nikon - 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED Lens
    http://www.ritzcamera.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&productId=30365&bct=t1004%3Bc1022%3Bc915144
    2. Nikon - 70-300mm F4-5.6 'G' Autofocus Zoom Lens
    http://www.ritzcamera.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&productId=9570126&bct=t1004%3Bc1022%3Bc915144
    3. Tamron Autofocus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD 1:2 Macro Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00006I5X2/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_cart_1/103-3537813-4985458"]http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00006I5X2/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_cart_1/103-3537813-4985458[/ame]
    (Will this work with a regular SLR camera, even though it says for DSLR cameras)
    4. Tamron - 70-300 AF Zoom Lens w/ 1:2 Macro f/Nikon
    http://www.ritzcamera.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&productId=13209960&bct=t1004%3Bc1022%3Bc915144

    Not sure what the difference between 3 & 4 is, but 2, 3 & 4 are priced similarly, whereas 1 is a bit pricey. Considering that I'm just a novice and would rather buy a cheaper lens, can you please rate the above choices in the order of preference and also state some reasons for doing so?

    Any help is much appreciated.
     
  2. Rob

    Rob TPF Noob!

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  3. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    What are you shooting?
     
  4. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    #1 may be a manual focus lens?

    #2 is a typical lens of this sort.

    #3 probably doesn't have enough coverage for 35mm film.

    #4 is like #2, but has some sort of gizmo that allows it to focus closer.

    You probably want #2 or #4.
     
  5. theexplorer

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    ...Shooting for distant shots like sports.
     
  6. Ant

    Ant TPF Noob!

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    Simple. Buy the Sigma 70-300mm APO II Super macro. :)

    I don't know anything about the Tamron's but I'd recommend it over both Nikkor lenses.
     

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