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AF bird lens advice needed for D60

BillinBoston

Hyde Park, MA, US
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BillinBoston Gold Member Nikonian since 08th Mar 2012
Fri 09-Mar-12 06:46 AM

Hi Marty,

A thousand thanks for your very informative and speedy reply.

Q-1. So I guess I was wrong in thinking that the Nikon website said that the D60 could not handle a teleconverter?

Q-2. Any idea what the 14E and the 17E cost? And, can I use these with the Sigma lenses, or would I need a Sigma teleconverter?

Q-3. I run all of my images through Photoshop Elements. If I were to compare the final photographs from my Nikkor F4 to my Sigma 4.5 or 5.0, what would I see in terms of graininess? Would the Sigma have significantly more, just a tiny bit more, etc.?

Q-4. If I won the lottery, bought a Nikkor F2.8 300 for nearly $5,000, then compared its results with the Nikkor F4 (and the Sigmas as well), on a comparative scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the overall results from each lens?

Q-5. If a dozen photographers, who all considered each other as semi-professional, got together to consider using the Nikkor F4 300, and the two Sigmas mentioned in your reply, along with appropriate teleconverters, would they as a group SERIOUSLY consider making these lenses their "lenses" of choice for bird photography? The reason I ask is that I don't know that much about comparative lens results. When I hang out in person or on the web with true semi-professionals later this year, will my work that came out of these three lenses have the possibility of measuring up favorably to theirs? I don't want to spend less than $2,000 if all that I can produce are amateur results. I've been a landscape and butterfly photographer for twenty years, and have, like anyone, picked up some skills along the way. This lens will probably be the last major photographic purchase that I make in my lifetime, being already 64. I'm hoping, with your help and that of other Nikonians, that it will be the right purchase.

Q-6. Given my age and all of the above, do you recommend my buying new or used, and from whom?

Sorry that this round took longer than the first. I would understand if you wanted to drop out.

Again, many thanks Marty, and best wishes in your own shooting.

Bill













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