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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:57 pm 

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Hi everyone,

first let me say that I really appreciate the nice reviews on the cameralabs page, I find them very thorough yet easy to understand.

I would like to seek some advice as I am looking for a telephoto lens. I have a Nikon D7000 with a 18-105 mm kit lens and in addition I have a standard 35 mm f/1.8 lens for low light conditions. Now I am looking for a telephoto lens and of course there is the Nikkor_70-300mm Nikkor 70-300mm VR that springs to mind. I also found the Nikkor 55-300 mm which seems a bit cheaper but I didn't find a complete review on that one, so I was wondering if anybody can say anything about it.

[edit:] another Lens that received good reviews in some places (there is no review on cameralabs or if so, I didn't find it) is the Tamron AF 70-300mm 4-5.6 Di SP VC USD. I don't really know anything about Tamron as a brand; it is typically a bit cheaper than the Nikkor ones, but I have no idea how that translates into optical quality [/edit]

Of course there are other, yet more impressive things like the 80-400 mm out there, but those are clearly outside my budget.

Any comments, hints or advice in this matter would be gladly appreciated.


PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:33 pm 
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I haven't tested the 55-300, but it is a budget DX lens compared to the 70-300, so if you van afford it, I'd recommend the 70-300mm.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:05 pm 

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With Tamron, be sure to get the correct lens for your camera. The electronics of Tamron's Canon-fit Di lenses will not communicate with cropped-frame Canons. I am not sure if this communication situation exists with Nikon cameras, but Tamron does make different lenses for full-frame and cropped-frame Nikons, Di, and Di II, respectively. I bought my wife a Di II series lens for her D7000. She wanted the 18-200mm "super-zoom" lens; I have no experience with the 70-300mm zoom.

Canon 7D/5D/40D/1D2N; Nikon F6, D700, FM3A, & Coolpix A; Canon 40mm 2.8 STM, 135L, 50L, 35L, 50mm 1.8 I, 100mm 2.8L Macro, 10-22mm EF-S, 28-135 EF, 400mm 5.6L; Nikkor 50mm 1.2 AI-S, 50mm 1.4G, 50mm 1.8D, 16mm 2.8D Fisheye, 180mm 2.8D, 100-300mm 5.6 AI-S, 18mm 2.8D, Voigtlander 90mm f/3.5 SL II

PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:26 am 

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The Tamron AF 70-300mm 4-5.6 Di SP VC USD Nikon version is a FX lens so it will work with Nikon's Full Frame (FX D4, D800) and cropped sensor (DX D7100, D7000) camera bodies. Like the Nikon 70-300mm the Tamron with USD will auto focus on the entry level Nikon bodies without a built in motor like D3000, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200 and earlier bodies. I was in the market for a 70-300mm lens and it was between the Nikon and Tamron the Nikon retails for $589.99 while the Tamron retails for $459.99. There were several reasons why I chose the Tamron lens over the Nikon: 1) being the price, 2) the Tamron has 3 axis vibration reduction versus the 2 axis vibration reduction of the Nikon, and 3) the Tamron is f/4 to f/5.6 while the Nikon is f/4.5 to f/5.6. I also failed to mention Tamron has a six year warranty compared to Nikon's five year warranty.

Here are several images I captured this weekend I must admit it is probably not my best work but I just wanted to show what the lens is capable of.

Discovery Kingdom 2013 060 by Dadude122, on Flickr

Discovery Kingdom 2013 084 by Dadude122, on Flickr

Nikon D7100
Nikkor 24-70mm/f2.8, Nikkor 35mm/f1.8, Nikkor 50mm/f1.8, Nikkor 70-200mm/f2.8 VR II, Sigma 8-16mm/f4.5-5.6, Tamron 80-210mm/f4.5-5.6, SB-900
On the list 14-24mm/f2.8, 24mm/f1.4, 28mm/f1.8, 85mm/f1.4, 105mm/f2.8, 400mm/f2.8, Nikon FX Camera Body

PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:32 am 

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i have the nikon 70-300 vr and you wont be disapointed if you get one

Nikon D90, nikon 18-105vr, nikon 70-300vr, sigma 105 macro, nikon 50 1.8, Tokina 11-16 2.8

PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:04 pm 

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Likewise for the 70-300 VR - has served me very well.

Nikon DSLRs, film cameras from Leica to Linhof

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