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New long lens for D40X

zukester

Southbury, US
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zukester Registered since 17th Jul 2008
Mon 25-Aug-08 01:07 AM

Hi:

Newbie here. I have currently the D40X with the stock 18-55 and an additional 55-200 f4-5.6 Nikkor.

Just came back from Malawi and took over 4,000 pictures in six days on the ground. I have some, unedited, on webshots if anyone wants to take a look. Boat ride in dugout across croc and hippo infested the Shire River, 15 mile bike ride on the back of a pedaled bike, each direction, in soft sand. But photographically? With all of that bright sun? In the military, they would call this, in camera terms, "target rich". There was a shot at every turn.

Learned a lot of technical issues on the D40X while I was there for sure (crowds of subjects moving/blocking/pressing in, bumpy roads, dust, lost shots due to AF not fast enough, etc.), Full Auto (sometimes necessary I thought due to time) automatically resets to focusing on "closest subject" verses "single spot". I learned that the "P" setting was better (after I came back) and, while there, eventually learned to go to full manual while riding on the rocky roads, with a high shutter speed (1000+) to eliminate motion blurs.

What I was looking for was a longer zoom, perhaps to encompass both of those two above named lenses, but not necessarily so. Just maybe 55-300, 100-400, or thereabouts.

Longer.

1. Does not have to be Nikon made, but it is all I own now and I used to sell Nikons 30 years ago and they were always known for the very best of glass, bar none. I learned how they were made extensively.
2. Good steel construction on the mount-and rugged.
3. Up to 300MM or 400MM
4. Must have VR
5. Glass should be high quality under all lighting conditions (ED I guess it is called?)
6. Not necessarily fast, but that is fine. Maybe the AF should be faster than the 55-200 I have.

Most important features? VR, compatible with the D40X, such as metering and AF.

I am willing to save up and spend, but I want it to last for a while under use and the VR is the big one. I shoot all sorts of stuff, but mainly a long lens I need is for getting things far away such as wildlife, people, etc. without having to get in so close, especially when I CAN NOT.

Any suggestions?

Thanks In Advance,
Zukester

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