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  1. jcdeboever

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    Not sure what to get. Been reading a lot and unsure. I got rid of my 55-200 kit, and the Tamron 70-300 di VC was not compatible on my D3300 (no focus motor), I need a di II.

    I think the 200 is to short for wildlife and the 300 seem to fall off bad on sharpness at 300 range from what I read. The 18-200 vr afs seemed pretty good. The 70-300 vr AF-S f4 seemed good for reach and sharpness up to 200mm, then a big fall off. Both seemed questionable in light for indoor sports but won't do to much of that anyway.

    I am looking for something in the $400 to $500 range used or new, probably used. AFS and VR is important. I am not opposed to something longer either. I assume the 70-300 vr AF-S f4 is my best choice or am I missing something? I also have concluded that spending 500 is not going to get me super sharp images at 300mm, am I correct? Sharp like dannylighting birds for example.

    I currently have nikon 35mm 1.8g for street, low light, and portraits. Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 OS hsm for all around and close up portraits.


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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    At $500 you're on the edge money-wise for a used (eBay) Sigma 150-500. aka "Bigma"
    Which of course has more reach than your other options and is good for wildlife.
    It's also much larger and heavier than your other options.
     
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    Zoom or Super Zoom?

    The Nikon 70-300 is a good lens and is sharp throughout the range.

    I recently purchased the Sigma 18-300 simply because I wanted an all-in-one superzoom. I also have the Sigma 17-70 and it is probably comparable to your 17-50. The 18-300 is *NOT* as sharp as the 17-70 but I also have a lot more reach with it. It is not as sharp as the Nikon 70-300, but again I have a lot more focal length options with it. That's not to say it isn't a good lens, it definitely is, but it isn't a great lens.

    It is a compromise lens in some respects but having an extremely large focal length is a huge benefit. The trade-off being a lens that is slightly less sharp throughout the focal length. I'm pleased with it and would purchase it again, but it won't replace my other lenses except as an all-in-one walk-around lens when I'm too lazy to carry two lenses.
     
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    jcdeboever TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    I was looking at the flickr photos for the Nikon 70-300 and was a little unimpressed and seemed to mirror what thoms was saying and not what Rockwell was saying. Still under consideration though. That's where the confusion comes in.

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    jcdeboever TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Nice, have not looked at that one. 4.25 pounds... wow. Looks pretty good and camera labs has a good write up on it.
    Do you still have yours for sale? We probably live close to each other.

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    One word in this and I see why you are confused. Just saying.
     
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    jcdeboever TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    What do you mean? I tried hard to do my homework and using the web to figure things out before posting.
     
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    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    it's a cheap, sharp, long lens, what else do you want from it?
     
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    jcdeboever TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Thanks for responding. I see other photo's on here and they are so clear and sharp but not with that lens or that I have noticed.
    That is what I want, cheap, sharp, and long... but based on what I read, it was not very sharp after 200mm according to some reviews and what I seen on flickr. I may be reading to much into it and not looking at very good photographers either. So I posted asking the question because the more I looked, the more I doubted the 70-300 f4. I have found a few used ones in the price range I want to spend. If you were to tell me go for it, I would because I respect and trust your opinion.
     
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    jc, you did fine researching before posting. My comment is about understanding your confusion after mentioning that you listened to rockwell.
     
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    I had it for a while. it's much better than anything else in the price range.

    it was sharp in the studio when doing selfies, and decent enough at 300mm. I mean it's no 300mm 2.8, but it's better than the 55-300.
     
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    Thanks guys.

    That's what I suspected in regards to Rockwell. He comes up at the top in a lot of lens search's so I figured he was a photography guru. How he finds the time is beyond me. I discovered he steered me wrong on my setting up the D3300, guess that should have told me something.
     

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