Budget long zoom 75-240 a good deal?
I'm looking for a good, low-budget long zoom. I've seen the rave reviews for the 75-300 and am considering it. However, I've seen the 75-240 4.5-5.6D lens for about $150 less. Is the 75-240 a new lens? I found no reviews in Petersen's book. I'll be shooting an N70 in summer, but have an FG now, so I want to go ahead and get an AF lens. Any insight on the 75-240 would be appreciated. Thanks
#1. "RE: Budget long zoom 75-240 a good deal?" | In response to Reply # 0frankie Basic MemberWed 07-Feb-01 08:51 PM
If you look for a bit, you'll find that most of the budget Nikkors with plastic barrels and mounts have quite a bit of shift to them. My 28-80 when zoomed out to 80 will shift in the focus helicoid while turning slightly. This may slow down or confuse the camera while driving the lens.
I have the 70-210 model - which is more metallic and mine is much older as well (pre-D tech, AF Nikkor) and it doesn't have quite as much shift as some of the new budget models have. It may become a problem at the long end of the zoom range when focusing the lens begins to jump around the barrell...
Give it a try and see how you like it.
For what its worth, even the 70-300 exhibits this, but it's to a much lesser degree than the 28-80. The 70-300 is a pretty tightly manufactured lens.