opinion on lens

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  1. WalkingWithStrangers

    WalkingWithStrangers TPF Noob!

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    Looking for some opinions on the following:

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O161X0/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=A1J7WSBJHTGUFA]Amazon.com: Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR [Vibration Reduction] Zoom Nikkor Lens: Electronics Expo[/ame]

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    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012X43P2/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=A1P9QRDRYY6FXL]Amazon.com: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens with built in motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras: 47th Street Photo[/ame]


    Think they are worth it? Recommend something else? I'm not looking for anything really professional or expensive.
     
  2. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Need more information. What do you plan on using them for. Both are slow pieces of glass that will not perform well in low light situations without the addition of light in some form.

    As for lens quality, one of the best places for feedback on lenses.
    FM Reviews - Main Index
     
  3. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    For how much it costs the Nikon cannot be beat.

    IMO, the Sigma 70-300 is a piece of junk even at that price.

    Obviously from their price they are not pro glass:
    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-70-200mm-VR-II-Digital/dp/B002JCSV8U/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1269565673&sr=1-1-fkmr1]Amazon.com: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR Lens For Nikon Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo[/ame]
     
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    khallene TPF Noob!

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    I actually have the sigma 70-300. If you decide to go that route, get the APO version (red ring) as it is a bit better than the non-APO. It is definitely not pro-glass by any means, but for what I use it for, it does the job and turns out some pretty good results. I didn't check the links for prices, but B and H has the APO sigma for around $200.00.
     
  5. mrpink

    mrpink No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I agree with K. The Nikon 55-200 VR is a great lens. The build quality is a bit lacking, all plastic including the mount, but the image sharpness is very nice. If you are not abusive on your gear, it should last a long time. I have used one for quite some time, and just recently upgraded to a 18-250mm so the 55-200mm VR is shelved.

    If you want, I would be willing to sell it to you. PM me if you are interested.






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  6. WalkingWithStrangers

    WalkingWithStrangers TPF Noob!

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    Unfortunately, I don't have the money to spend to get a pro status lens like the link you posted, and since I am just beginning I wouldn't want to spend that much anyways. I do like the 1st one a lot though.
     
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    WalkingWithStrangers TPF Noob!

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    I do agree that I like the APO one better (as suggested) and I'm not looking for a serious pro glass lens. I'm just a beginner here :)
     

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