Trying to Decide on 70-300 to fit Nikon

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  1. supraman215

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    Hey, Jeff sorry to kind of butt into your thread, but I've also had a question about the 70-300 selection. It was a question between the two 70-300 Nikkors, so if anyone after answering Jeff's questions could answer mine that'd be great.

    REAL Difference between the 70-300 4/5.6 and 4.5/5.6. I know one is pretty significantly more expensive than the other, and that it is an AF-s and a VR but are those the the only real differences?

    Jeff, If you feel this post intrudes let me know and I'll remove it.
     
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    I saw that lens on craigslist barely used for $400 I should have jumped on it.
     
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    Yes, unless you go for the VR version, all the options are pretty poor lenses, although they are a cheap way to get a telephoto lens.
     
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    Ya the 70-300VR is the place to be. It takes some pretty decent shots.

    Honey Bee
    Praying Mantis
    Great Blue Heron
    Green Heron

    The only thing I really don't like about it is that it's only 1:4 reproduction ratio, so it only sort-of doubles as a long macro lens.
     
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    I think I'll wait till I have the money for the VR version. I think I'm gonna pick up a sb-600 instead.
     
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    the vr version have 9 rounded blade that will produce a nice bokeh.
    i never had a look at that lens but since i am in need for a telephoto lens and dont have the money right now for the 70-200, i will look into trying one of these.
     
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    I would disagree about the bokeh. My opinion is it can be pretty ugly.

    Here's an example. The exif got stripped at some point, but I want to say that it was shot at f/6.3.
     
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    oh god you are right, i always though that more rounded diaphrams blades a lens had, smoother the bokeh was, i just did some reading on it and its false.

    my bad !
     
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    Don't get me wrong, you can get good bokeh with that lens. Look at the Great Blue heron and the honey bee I posted. Those have good bokeh. The skydiver was about equidistant from me and from the background. I think that's why it came out so weird.

    That being said, if you don't pay attention, you can get some really awful bokeh.
     

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