Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm?

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  1. kristiinae

    kristiinae TPF Noob!

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    Hi! Who here has the Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR lens? How do you like it? Sample photos are welcome too. I'm considering purchasing this lens for outdoor shoots: horses, wildlife and nature, portraits maybe. It would fit nicely into my budget. I'd like to hear your opinions on this lens! Thanks!


     
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    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    To a some extent you get what you pay for with lenses. I had one of these for a day and was unimpressed. Note that I may be harder to impress than you are.
     
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    chuasam Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    it is an okay Wildlife lens. It would be not a good portrait lens at all.
    Horses...well if they're not moving much and it's VERY bright...I guess
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    It is okay. Buy it USED!!!!! It is a good lens, but not a "great" lens....focusing is okay, it's handy and light and affordable on the used market. I used it quite a bit on 24-MP FX Nikon. It is weakest at the long end, and decent in the 70-240mm range. It might be better on a DX Nikon body--I am really not sure.

    I think it is a good lens for portraiture/outdoor people shots.
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    These pics are from one afternoon's shoot in very bright conditions, the first few were done by shooting against the light and using newly-poured, light-colored concrete as bounce fill lighting. Last two have some flash fill on-camera from SB-800 flash unit. D3X_6303_WEB-2.jpg

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    D3X_6689_WEB.jpg As I said earlier, ithe 70-300 AF-S VR is a good lens, but not a "great lens"....this is about as sharp as it gets in bright light at smaller f/stops on 24-Megapixel Nikon full-frame...the focal length range is okay for outdoor work. Whjat this lens lacks is the ability to really tnhrow backgrounds wayyy out of focus, as could be done with a faster-aperture lens like the 85/1.8 AF-S G, or the various f/2.8 lens lengths. Still...for a $300 or so used lens, it's a good value I think, as long as you are not expecting super-super crisp images at all lengths.
     
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    adamhiram No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    My comment from another thread this week:
    Ditto to what Darrel said - I've taken some decent portraits with mine, but you need a lot of room, and it does get a bit soft in the long end. As Darrel already said, this is one to buy used.
     
  8. Dave442

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    I have this lens. It is very good for travel and is part of my three lens travel bag. I have a number of portraits from it that I like and a bit of BIF and wildlife (on a DX body). When I go out past 200mm and it's not a portrait shot I will drop to f/8. At f/5.6 it is a bit softer at the longer end, but will also give a nice background blur.

    Sure there are sharper lenses, but this is a cheap way to 300mm and something you can carry all day long. I bought new when it came out and it paid for itself very quickly. As noted above, it is now available at very good prices used.

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    Definitely the most affordable reach you can get out of a Nikon lens. I have it, and while I'd definitely like to upgrade, it still gets the job done in the right conditions. Probably better on a full frame camera with better focusing and ISO.
     
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    Thanks for your replies! I'm just starting out so I can't really afford anything more expensive (there's no way I could buy the 70-200mm right now). From the reviews I've read, it's still better than the 55-200mm and 55-300m, right? Are there any other zooms you'd recommend which wouldn't break the bank (~400€)?
     
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    why do you say this?
     
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    Minimum focusing distance isn't that good, isn't terribly fast, isn't very sharp. No nano crystal coating
    85mm f/1.8G is the best budget portrait lens.
    Best midrange is the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 ART.
    Best high end is 105mm f/1.4 or the new Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART.
     
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    I got mine from Nikon Refurb for 269.00 and I use it all the time. It is descent from 70-200 or so. At 300mm I shoot it at f/10 and does OK. Carpenter Bee.jpg
     
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