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bill500 Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Oct 2002Sun 25-Feb-07 03:17 AM
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"What about the old 75-300 f/4.5-5.6 for D50?"


Houston, US
          

I am thinking of getting this lens. In the Nikon Systems Handbook, Moose Peterson describes it as beatifully sharp and calls it the sleeper of the decade. This lens seems like the perfect lens for a DSLR. The max aperture is a bit slow for shooting ISO 100 film, but at 200 or 400 with a DSLR it should be adequate. And 300mm will give a crop of 450 with a film camera, so it has a long reach. Have any of you used that lens? How is it at wide open aperture? I don't need a D or VR lens-just one that will meter with a D50. And I'd rather have a tripod collar than VR anyway.

Bill

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D300, D50(never gets used anymore)

  

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hwdx347 Basic MemberSun 25-Feb-07 05:22 PM
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#2. "RE: What about the old 75-300 f/4.5-5.6 for D50?"
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Maumelle, US
          

I've got one. It's an excellent, sharp, all metal, heavy lens. I use it on my D200 and D2Hs so it'll work well on the D50.

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I use one with my D50. I picked it up for a great price used and it serves its purpose well for what you'll pay. I like the solid build and the tripod collar. OTOH it's pretty heavy and a dog to carry around your neck for even a short amount of time. I typically take advantage of the collar and use it with a tripod or monopod. If I'm walking around and hand-holding, then I'll more likely take my 55-200 due to its very light weight. The 75-300 is tack sharp from 75-200, and starts to degrade when used wide open 200-300mm. At f/8 it's good on-center at 300mm, but you'll have to go to f/11 to get good edge sharpness at 300mm.


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rmc17 Registered since 19th Feb 2007Sun 25-Feb-07 09:57 PM
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I got one used for about $200.00 and I'm very pleased. Here's the review that hooked me on purchasing it:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/75300.htm

  

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bill500 Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Oct 2002Sun 25-Feb-07 11:13 PM
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Houston, US
          

Thanks rmc17. But I tend to take Ken Rockwell's articles with a grain of salt. I had to shake my head at this one "digital killed my tripod"

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/digital-killed-my-tripod.htm

And the "wall of shame"

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/wall-of-shame.htm

Bill

Nikonian in Houston Texas

D300, D50(never gets used anymore)

  

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James23p Moderator Awarded for his wide variety of skills, a true generalist both in film and digital photography Nikonian since 25th Apr 2004Wed 16-Jan-08 02:16 PM
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#6. "RE: What about the old 75-300 f/4.5-5.6 for D50?"
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Memphis, US
          

My dad has one but never used it on my DSLR's but on my F100 and N80 it was great, sharp contrasty slide when I was working right. I used it with a monopod(you are talking the one with a tripod collar). My dads was a non D model(not sure they ever made a D model just AF but not sure) so it only meters in Plain Matrix metering not 3D but I use a 500 f4 Ai-P that only give plain matrix on my DSLR's and never had a problem.

This was taken with the MF Ai-P lens(meters but no auto focus) with plain matrix metering on my D80 it does a good job. So on real long lens the 3-D is less of a value than on shorter lens and is really useful on flash stuff. If I was getting a 35 2.0 AF lens and planned on flash work I would go with a D but on a longer lens no problems at least for me.

500 MF f4 Ai-P ED, D80(sorry this lens is to large for my D50 to be comfortable but was only show how plain Matrix looks and works) f5.6 and shutter 250. Jim

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bill500 Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Oct 2002Sun 25-Feb-07 04:41 AM
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Houston, US
          

Hi James. Thanks for the info. The one I'm interested in is a non D(I don't know if Nikon even made that lens in a D version). I find the D50's meter not as accurate as a film camera even with a D lens. And there's no TTL flash with the SB-80DX, so the D chip couldn't help me there either. I just use the SB-80 in A mode. It works well.

Bill

Nikonian in Houston Texas

D300, D50(never gets used anymore)

  

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archer4219 Registered since 02nd Jan 2013Thu 18-Jul-13 06:20 PM
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Surrey, CA
          

Planning to get this lens, thanks for the positive posts.

  

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