Looking to purchase a telephoto lens
Hello fellow Nikonians,
I am looking to purchase a telephoto lense. I am not sure whether I would like to get a 70-300 ED-IF lens, an 80-400VR lens, an 80-200 AF-D lens, or to get a Sigma 400mm 5.6 lens. I would like to use the lens for special events indoors as well as some sports/action photos. I'm leaning toward a zoom but, I'm not sure what to do. Help!!
#1. "RE: Looking to purchase a telephoto lens" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberWed 03-Jan-01 07:31 PM
If cost is not an issue, I'd get the 80-200 d ed af-s f/2.8 because of the isolation ability and speed when shot wide open. This lens is considered one of the premiere zooms out there, rivaling pictures taken with primes. The non af-s version is a little less expensive and excellent optically, it just doen't have the silent wave motor.
The 70-300 d ed lens is not an IF lens (at least the nikkor version is not.) This is a good lens for general purpose shooting and, i think its great from 70-200 at stopped down a bit from wide; some people say it is soft at 300 but I really haven't noticed. I like mine, and I'm sure a lot of other Nikonians out there will agree that it is a good if not best buy on a budget.
Can't comment on the 80-400 vr or the sigma 400 lens as don't know too much about their optics.
Hope this helps.
#2. "RE: Looking to purchase a telephoto lens" | In response to Reply # 0
The Nikon 70-300 ED has been consistently called one of the best values for the money. I have one I use primarily for outdoor nature photography and really like it. However, if you shoot high school sports under the lights you might want to consider a faster lens if money is not a consideration. High school stadiums and gymnasiums are notorious for poor lighting.
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