wildlife lense for a noob...

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  1. Devananda

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    just some thoughts...
    I finely got me D80
    I also got a nikon 18-70
    now the big question I really like shooting wildlife and was looking to get a lens with some reach. my first thought are to go with:
    nikon 70-300 G as it has good reviews and is pretty cheap.
    other lens that are making me wounder are:
    nikon 70-300 VR cost doube the G
    nikon 80-200 F/2.8
    is the VR worth the money???
    any thoughts from you pros out there would be great. :thumbup:
     
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    For wildlife that may be standing still...VR would be an amazing tool to have. If you are shooting things that are constantly moving...then VR will still help...but not as much.

    The problem with the 70-300 lenses...is the small aperture, which makes it hard to get a fast shutter speed. That's why the 80-200 F2.8 is so much better...the large maximum shutter allows for faster shutter speeds. VR helps to stabilize the lens and reduce blur from camera shake...but VR won't do anything to freeze a moving subject...only a faster shutter speed can do that.
     
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    The 80-200 f/2.8 is amazing. I have it and it's my sharpest lens with my 35-70 f/2.8 in a close 2nd. I think the choice is pretty obvious on what you should get. The 80-200 is sharper and you'll have less CA.
     
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    OK I do think I am going to get the 80-200 F2.8.
    do you guys think it I should buy it used or new??

    OH and would love to see some pics taken with this lens
    thanks
     
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    what you you think is a good price for a used glass in good shape?
    (nikon 80-200F2.8)
     
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    Check EBay auctions that have already finished...that should give you a clue as to what they are going for. Also, check the used section of B&H or Adorama...and check out www.KEH.com
     
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    For wildlife photography the 80-200mm isn´t long enough. You need at least 400 or 500mm at the long end. The 80-400VR could be a good option, for less price you have the Sigma 135-400mm or the Sigma 170-500, which is a good recomendation for wildlife. You will need a good tripod, IR shooter, a good hide and a lot of patiente. Don´t forget to cancel your cellular phone´s volume.

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    Well what if the wildlife is only 20 feet away? Or what if it's only 3 feet away?

    My point is that 'wildlife photography' is too broad a term to say whether a lens is too long or too short.
     
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    well I still going back and forth about this.
    I may just get the 70-300 G for now and start to save up for the 70-300 VR..
    but at the same time I would like a fast lens...so it seams that the 80-200 is the all around best lens( for me @ this time) as far as speed, sharpness and price.
    so I guess I just made up my mind typing this...lOL
     
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    You can not shoot properly anything dangerous or frightened
    animals in nature with 200mm.
    Only you can shoot non dangerous animals or pets, or insects, of course.

    Regards
     
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    well I just got the 80-200....
    what about putting a 2x telaconverter?
     

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