Just purchased used (1996-ish) 75-300, 4.5 - 5.5 zoom. It apparently is not a common lens, but the few reviews I read gave it high marks. It is not considered a pro quality lens, but for the price, some say comes fairly close. Haven't got back my first roll of slides yet to compare to my old cheap Telsor. Anyone have any experience or heard anything about this lens?
#1. "RE: Nikkor 75-300" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberTue 01-Aug-00 11:08 AM
"Moose" Peterson raves about this lens, especially since it has the tripod collar and the solid feeling construction: "The 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 af is the sleeper of the decade! It is beautifully sharp and handles extremely easilty considering its focal length." (NIKON SYSTEM HANDBOOK, 5th Edition)
I think you'll be very pleased with the results. I've never shot with it but like you, everything I've seen and read has been very positive. I couldn't afford the 80-200 2.8, and was looking at the 70-210 and the 75-300 and leaning toward the 75-300. (I ended up the the 70-300 because it was lighter, ED glass, and a half stop faster. But I still wonder if I should have gone with the 75-300.) Enjoy!
#2. "RE: Nikkor 75-300" | In response to Reply # 0vfnewman Basic MemberTue 08-Aug-00 09:23 AM
I bought this lens around 1990, I think. It traveled far and wide with me for years. Then, for whatever reason, it developed a problem. At the closest focal lengths, say 75 to 135 mm, it would not focus at infinity. My guess is something has come out of alignment inside. Since I had an 80-200 f/2.8 and a 400 f/5.6 I had substitutes, and I never got around to getting it fixed. I can't sell it like this in good conscience either (without virtually giving it away due to the defect). One of these days I need to see what it will cost to fix it.
Until the problems arose, it was a good lens. The speed of the AF on my F4 wasn't blazingly fast, but it worked fine. Unless you are trying to shoot fast-moving sports with AF, I think you'll be happy with it.
You might want to check your infinty focus at short focal lengths, thought.
#3. "RE: Nikkor 75-300" | In response to Reply # 0
I also did not myself use the AF 75-300 f/4.5-5.6. All reviews I came across say the lens is good wide open. A friend of mine that used the lens told me that overall the lens is good.
His only remark was that the tripod collar is flimsy , and performanse is not top-notch at the 300 end , given the fact there is no ED glass in the lens.
When you get back the slides I would be interested about the results.
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#4. "RE: Nikkor 75-300" | In response to Reply # 3jrp Charter MemberTue 08-Aug-00 09:59 PM
I have used and do continue to use extensively the AF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Nikkor and it is a delight. You just have to remember to use it with enough ISO speed film to allow for fast shutter speeds, so as to control camera shake. Bad results (and comments) come from people forgetting to use three important rules of thumb:
Shoot at speeds higher then the focal length, for example, at 200mm use at least 1/250 sec; at 300mm, 1/500 sec
Second rule: exhale, hearbeat, shoot, heartbeat;
Third: brace yourself for steadier shots or at least keep your elbows on your chest.
It works very well, in terms of contrast and definition even wide open and fully extended. Obviously it will work even better closed down at f/8 or f/11. I use it on my Nikon F4s and it balances very well on that body. I must confess I seldom use it on a tripod, which I should try more often for even finer results. For the price it is a steal.
On the other hand, I also had the opportunity to use the 70-300mm and because it is shorter and lighter it is of course easier to maintain steady at lower shutter speeds. I would imagine that it's ED glass also helps to improve definition and sharpness.
At the FAQ\'s > What film to use > Color negative film you can see two sample pictures from my 75-300mm lens, taken with Konica Centuria 200 film and Kodak Royald Gold 400.
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#5. "RE: Nikkor 75-300" | In response to Reply # 4longlens Charter MemberTue 08-Aug-00 11:30 PM
I have and use the 75-300 F4.5-5.6 regularly, even with slow (200)film with excellent results ALWAYS ON A TRIPOD. I have never handheld this lens for an exposure. I use a RRS plate for this lens (adapted to it from something else I don't remember)and RRS quick release on my ballhead.The collar is less than ideal but it balances better for me with it on the ballhead than the F5 and this lens. I suspect the lens with ED glass is even sharper, but I have excellent results wide open, other than the anticipated shallow focus, so with landscapes and nonmoving animals I try to go to F.8 or even smaller.Hope this is helpful. Stanley