The Nikkor AF 75-240 D I bought 2 years ago with my first SLR (an F60/N60) doesn't satisfy me anymore, especially since I bought a F90X : this zoom's aperture is not high enough for the AF, so sometimes the F90X can't focus for good.
Assuming first that my budget is small (about $550?) and second that if possible I wouldn't like to look like a paparazzo with a bazooka-like lens, which lens could you recommend me to replace my 75-240? I've been told about the 70-300 AF-ED, but is there really a great difference?
A second-hand 80-200 F/2.8 AFD would be too big for me, but if you tell me that it is rather better than the 70-300, OK, maybe I will accept to look like a paparazzo...
THX by advance for your answers
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#1. "RE: 75-240 replacement" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberMon 20-Aug-01 10:22 AM
The apertures are not that different between the 75-240mm f/4.5-5.6 and the 70-300mm f/4-5.6. You´ll be more satisfied with the 80-200mm f/2.8 ED, regardless of weight and looks. I am, after using a 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 for ten years.
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#2. "RE: 75-240 replacement" | In response to Reply # 0tomas Basic MemberMon 20-Aug-01 03:59 PM
>A second-hand 80-200 F/2.8 AFD would
>be too big for me,
>but if you tell me
>that it is rather better
>than the 70-300, OK, maybe
>I will accept to look
>like a paparazzo...
>THX by advance for your answers
If I were you I would go for the 80-200 2.8
As good as the 70-300 is it's not in the same class as the 80-200 2.8.
First of all the 70-300 is a consumer grade variable aperture 4-5.6 lens compared to the pro grade 80-200 2.8 constant aperture lens.
With the 80-200 2.8 you have a brighter view finder. It will auto focus faster & enable you to take photos in dimmer light because of it's constant 2.8 aperture which has greater light gathering capabilities than a variable. The 80-200 doesn't change apertures when you zoom from 80 to 200mm which is vey useful in complex lighting conditions.
The sharpness of the images produced with the 80-200 can rival many fix focal length lenses.The 80-200 is one of Nikon's
lengendary lenses that is a bench mark that other lenses in this focal range are measured against.
The down side is that it's a heavy lens & you might want to use a monopod/tripod or shoot with faster film at faster shutter speeds to control camera shake.
Will you stand out in a crowd with this lens? I guess so but not so much more than the 70-300 which isn't excatly a small lens.
If you do decide to get the 80-200 2.8, try to get the latest ED version with the tripod collar.Since the introduction of the silent wave version the prices of the non silent wave versions have come down. There are also many used ones available on Ebay & other internet sites for reasonable prices.
Lots of luck which ever you choose