nikkor AF-S VR 70-300 mm IF-ED vs G
#1. "RE: nikkor AF-S VR 70-300 mm IF-ED vs G" | In response to Reply # 0
JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Sat 27-Mar-10 02:59 AM
70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Old, lower quality, low price, requires camera to have an AF motor (d40/d60/d3000/d5000 do not have such a motor, so it is manual focus on those cameras)
70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR
newest, high quality, higher price, VR in the lens, AF motor in the lens works with all cameras.
Seattle, WA, USA
#3. "RE: nikkor AF-S VR 70-300 mm IF-ED vs G" | In response to Reply # 0
In addition to what Joseph said, I'll add that the 70-300 G (the $140 one) is in my experience simply not worth the money. There are quite a few other lenses that are inexpensive that ARE worthwhile, so I don't see any good reason to get this one. It's the only current Nikkor that I simply cannot recommend.
If you're really after a 70-300 lens, the Nikkor 70-300 AFS VR is a good one, albeit a bit on the expensive side at almost $600.
- Sigma 70-300 OS DG, fully compatible with AF on all bodies, has OS (the equivalent of AFS) although not as quick to focus as the AFS. About $450. Good lens, and OS - like the VR in the Nikkor - makes it relatively easy to get good results.
- Sigma 70-300 APO Macro DG with motor (the latter part is important, because this is how it does AF), about $240. Has a nice 1:2 macro feature, too. Pretty good lens. Lacks OS or VR, so is harder to get the best out of it.
- Sigma 70-300 DL Macro DG with motor (the latter part is important), about $150. Not as good as anything else listed here except of course the Nikkor above, but still good enough to be useful, with care and attention to detail.
- Nikkor 55-200 AFS VR, about $200. Not as long as the 70-300's, but has VR and is less expensive.
Tamron makes some 70-300's too, but I'm not familiar with them.
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