So i've been shooting for a little while now, i started about 7 months ago with a d90, 18-105, and 50 1.8.
I've now found that there are two lenses that I'd like moving forward, a good telephoto as my current kit only goes to 105mm which just simply isnt enough for a lot of everyday situations, and i also find myself wanting another prime lens, probably 85mm for portraits.
But i've decided that i want the telephoto first... i'm looking for something to compliment the 18-105, at least until i eventually replace it.. but for now to compliment it. I've looked a lot into the 70-300 VR from nikon, however i'm worried that it might not be bright enough, I already find myself wishing my 18-105 was brighter...
so looking for something brighter i thought maybe a 300mm prime would serve me best, and the nikon 300mm f4 looks like a solid lens, however the Non AF-S version is said to have a pretty slow auto focus, which would bother me, and i'm not positive i wouldnt miss the ability to zoom because there is a petty big difference between where the 18-105 ends (105mm) and where id have to use a 300 prime (300mm).
Now i've started to look into third party lenses, and sigma has got me pretty intrigued, however the one that looked the most attractive to me (the 100-300 F4 HSM) is now discontinued and i'm having a ton of trouble finding it used... so now i'm throughly confused as to what i should do!
Here's what im looking for in the lens:
-Capable zoom range, preferably to 300mm or further, but still considering something like a 70-200 as well
-Fairly bright, I think i'd like F4 at the long end, but if it's longer than 300mm i guess 5.6 or something is ok.
-Quick auto focus, quiet is good too
-Well built, nice zoom ring and manual focus ring, internal zooming is a plus
-Tripod collar is a bonus
And here's what i dont want:
-Stabilization, I don't need VR, or OS, or what have you..
-Dont care about name brand, perfectly happy using a third party on my nikon as long as it performs well
-Dont mind buying used or refurbished if its a good value
-Doesn't need to be full frame compatible, although it's obviously not a negative if it is
so yeah, sorry for such a long post here, but let me know what you think!
50mm F1.8 AF-D
Nikon MB-D80 Battery Grip