Telephoto for Nikon D50

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  1. AirVenture

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    Hello all,

    It looks like I'll be purchasing a Nikon D50 with the kit lens (18-55mm). I'm looking for suggestions for a zoom telephoto lens, somewhere in the range of 70-300mm. In particular I'd like a faster lens because I shoot a lot of aircraft usually at a long distance. Quick focus and sharpness are a big help. I would love one of those image stabilized lens, but to my understanding they aren't compatible with the D50, not that I could afford them anyway! My price range tops out at about $400. Any suggestions? Are there any good websites with reviews?

    Thanks a bunch,
    -Brett
     
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    I have used the Nikon 70-300 ED with great sucess on aircraft with my DSLR. In normal daylight a real fast lens is not really a big requirement. And the ED version is much sharper than the G IMHO.
     
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    For that price I'd recommend the Sigma 70-300mm super macro APO II

    You'll get results as good as the Nikon 70-300 ED for less money, and the added bonus of a macro mode :)

    I use this lens to shoot aircraft when I don't need the reach....or can't be bothered with the weight, of my 50-500mm

    Check out this thread for some good examples taken with this lens...not my pics I hasten to add, most of mine are with the Bigma:

    http://www.simhq.com/simhq3/sims/boards/bbs/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=122;t=000708
     
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    Thanks guys! Yeah, it seems to be a pretty close race between the 70-300mm ED and the Sigma, it might just boil down to price. That's definately great a series of shots of the Nellis AFB airshow. I can't wait for next airshow season when I'll have all my new camera gear!

    -Brett :)
     
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    Do you really want a zoom? A used 300mm f/4 can be had for not much over $400, got mine off ebay for $450 in great condition. I havent had my Nikon 70-300mm ED out of the bag ever since. Just a thought.

    K
     
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    nikkor 70-300G , cheap and good quilty

    faster : nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR / nikkor 80-400 VR <--but very expensive
     
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    Good quality? You're joking right? I used one of those for a couple of months, couldn't wait to get rid of it.
     
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    Yes, that's the same lens. If your budget is only up to $400 then that's about the best bang for the buck telephoto zoom you'll get for a Nikon. Of course there are plenty of better lenses but they're more expensive :)
     
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    Yup...looks like Sigma is going to be the way to go! Thanks guys, now it's just a matter of wating for my xmas present :)

    -Brett
     
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    me too :mrgreen:
     
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    I agree, the "G" model is a fair consumer lens at best. The ED version is MUCH better all the way around. No question.
     

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