Who has this lens?

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  1. Lacey Anne

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    The Nikon 70-300 mm f/4-5.6G VR ED AFS Lens. What do you like about it? Not like about it? I'm wanting to make this my next lens purchase, but I like to do my research before I buy anything. If you have it, tell me what you use is for and how it works for you.
     
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    Wow, my title should have said who HAS this lens.
     
  3. Big Mike

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    Fixed :)

    I don't have this lens...but I might be able to offer some insight.

    I have heard good things about this and the Canon version. Both companies have 70-300mm lenses that are cheap and mainly for the entry level crowd. These ones (VR & IS) are said to be a fair bit better (optically).

    The thing with these lenses, is that they are slow (smaller max aperture), so they don't do well in lower light situation. Especially at the long end of the zoom, because that's when you need fast shutter speeds to fight blur/camera shake.

    Sure, VR (or IS) does help to reduce or eliminate blur from camera shake, so a long as you shoot subjects that aren't moving, this might be a great lens.

    The problem comes if you are trying to shoot moving subjects...like people/kids, spots etc. The VR takes care of the camera movement but the slow shutter speeds will still blur the subject.

    If you are in good light, then it's not really an issue.
     
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    I'm thinking of using it for more macro work. I'd like to get closer to the moon... flowers... etc.

    Edit: Thanks, Mike, for fixing my title and keeping me from looking illiterate!
     
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    If your using a tripod for these types of shots the slow aperature should not be an issue.
     
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    Check Ken Rockwell's site. He has a good review for it.
     
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    Oh of course! I would defiantely be using a tripod. :)
     
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    I'll do that, thanks!
     
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    If you are using a tripod, then you wouldn't need the VR. (although it would be nice to have for when not using a tripod).

    What is the minimum focus distance of that lens? If macro is what you are looking at doing, you may want an actual macro lens.
     
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    I have this lens and agree with all of the above. I've gotten some great zoo shots with it when the animals were laying around in the sun, but if they were moving quick or in the shade, it was fuzzy at the long end (which I use a lot at our zoo). I have some pics on my site. All of the zoo pics use this lens.

    http://www.lyncca.smugmug.com/gallery/4447971_9QNts

    For my boxer hauling a$$ at the dog park, he definately has to be in full sun in order to get the speeds I need. I have still yet to get a really good one since my panning skills are still a bit lacking too.

    As far as macro, I tried to use this for water drop shots and it can't get close enough (4.9 ft min focus distance). If you are within a few feet, it won't focus.

    Now, don't get me wrong. This lens has its purpose, but I'm not sure if it will fit for your needs if you want macro. Oh, and it doesn't have a macro setting like the Sigma version.
     
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    Eh, Ken Rockwell isn't the best...

    Try Bjorn Rorslett, I believe his site is naturofotograf.com. He is a better lens reviewer than Rockwell in my experiences.
     
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    This lens does not automatically detect the presence of a tripod. Be sure to mechanically turn the VR off yourself.
     

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