telephoto Lens

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  1. RedDevilUK

    RedDevilUK TPF Noob!

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    i am after a Lens for my D80 and i need a telephoto lens, as i am seeing the limitations with my 18-70 lens too often :(

    the 3 lenses i have narrowed my choice down too are these

    Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens
    Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO DG (Nikon AF)
    Sigma 170-500mm f5-6.3 APO (Nikon AF)

    my budget is around £500 ($1000) although the last lens there is £530

    what would you do... i want one now cos i go on holiday in 3 weeks and want to shoot with it :D
     
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    You already know which one I'll recommend! :wink:
     
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    LOL :D
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If you get the sigmas you'll have either 65mm or 100mms missing from the middle of your range. And unless you are shooting birds or bombs you really want that particular range. ;)

    mike
     
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    Uh!! bits missing?
     
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    ;)

    As in, between 70mm (the long end of your current lens) and 135mm (the short end of the Sigma).
     
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    ahhh.. LOL i thought he meant in the middle of the telephoto lens its crap or something hehehe
     
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    im tempted by the Nikon lens, as my filters would fit the 76mm fitting same as my current lens

    but i am also tempted by the 500mm for obvious reason (seeing a mosquitos balls a mile away :) )

    not that im into mozzys balls by the way lol
     
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    reviews

    Sigma 170-500mm
    This lens has been a big disappointment. I have owned this lens for 5 years and have yet to take a photo that I would consider sharp. Even stopped down, tripod mounted, mirror locked up with cable release still will not produce a sharp image.

    Sigma 135-400mm
    Lens creep has not been a problem in my copy but if you are using it out past 300mm then just consider it an f11 lens. It is just too soft under that. I miss the speed of my other lenses on anything but the brightest days and let me tell you BRING A TRIPOD. Because of the slow aperature even at 135 a tripod is a real help


    Umm puts me off :( the VR on the Nikon is a must off tripod, so im gonna get that i think, i will save for a super telephoto after the holiday, ive also got the option of the X2 on the 300mm... so thats a potential of 600mm?
     
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    firemedic0135 TPF Noob!

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    I had that sigma 135-400mm lens and could not recommend it that strongly.
    The AF is slow and noisy and does not aquire focus on things like flying birds or fast moving subjects that well.
    I used it very little due to its shortcomings,although I bought it for 350 used on ebay,and sold it later for the same price so I wasnt out anything.
     
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    If its a telephoto lens, that you can hand hold, that you're after, why not buy a 70-200mm F/2.8? I don't know if you need a longer lens than that but it might be worth looking into that kind of telephoto.
     
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    i decided to go with the nikkor lens, it makes the most sense really.

    it carries on from my present lens... ie 70mm now 70mm to 300mm its also VR and its a 67mm filter screw thread... so its the same size as my other lens.

    its also the cheapest of the 3 @ £399 ($790)

    i rang 3 shops before i found one with it in stock!! and the guy at Jessops at the Trafford Centre, Manchester said on the phone, pick up a camera magazine on the way here and we will match the cheapest price in the magazine :D

    and they did... so i paid £337 not £399 :) woohoo, im chuffed to bits

    RedDevil sneeks off to play with his new gadget :D (and change his siggy to include the new lens heheeh)
     

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