Hi friends, A quick question about the sigma 70-300 apo dg4.5.6. Would the nikon 70-300 vr be a better piece of glass for me? I'm thinking the sigma is okay, but wondering if I would see a big difference. Just wondering...
Hi, I have the 105 macro lens so I'm not too worried about the nikon 70-300 focusing close, so that's not a problem. I'm just wondering if I can get more from the nikon 70-300 than from what I'm getting from my sigma. ie sharper pics and a little faster focusing. So you are thinking that I will?
Honestly I think you should save your pennies for a used 70-200 VR. You've said in other posts that you've borrowed one so you know what it can do. The 70-300 won't be in the same league. You could also look up what people think of the Sigma or Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 zooms.
I have to agree with Gary and save your money for the 70-200mm as I think you’re going to be much happier with a faster Pro lens. If the 70-200mm is too expensive and you can do without VR, go for the 80-200mm f2.8 for half the price and still a Pro lens. Then you can get a 1.7X or 2X tele-converter on it and still have an f4.7 to f5.6 lens at up to 340mm to 400mm. That is just my thoughts about the subject.
Well, that does make sense. I was thinking along the lines of just switching out my sigma 70-300 for a nikon 70-300 solely because I wanted quicker focusing and sharper pics, BUT I wanted it instead of the 70-200 precisely for the longer zoom. However, if I can manage to have both the quicker focusing and sharper and possibly more zoom, I should check out the 80-200 f2.8 and the tele converters. I am correct, right?
>However, if I can manage to have both the quicker >focusing and sharper and possibly more zoom, I should check >out the 80-200 f2.8 and the tele converters. I am correct, >right?
Only the Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED IF AF-S will AF when used with a Nikkor TC. The Kenko Pro 300 Series TC's will work with the other versions of the Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8 lenses. The Nikkor TC's do not have a screwdriver type AF drive but the Kenko Pro 300 Series TC's do. both fully support AF-S and HSM lenses. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I think you should at least take a look at it as it is a very good lens. It is on par with the 70-200mm lens you like without VR but just keep your shutter speed up and you should be OK and you won't use VR if your taking picture of sports or fast action anyway. You will always be much happier with a faster f2.8 lens than a lens that starts out at f4.5 to 5.6 as I think you already know. The focus is a little slower than the 70-200mm lens you used, so if you can try one on your camera to see how well it works would be a good idea as each camera works differently.
Marty is right about the TC and you will have to use Kenko, Tamron, or one of the others but you can get a used one much cheaper than a Nikon. You will have to look at how much will you use the lens with a TC. If it is a lot you might want to start saving again for a longer lens, but you will never go wrong with ether the 70-200 or the 80-200mm that are Pro lens that are sharp and fast compared to the consumer lenses.
The 80-200mm f2.8 ED IF AF-S that Marty was talking about with a motor inside the lens is around $1500.00 used and they quit making then some time back. The 80-200mm I was talking about is $1100.00 new at B & H photo, and cheaper used. I would look here on the Nikonians and around for a used one. It does weigh more but built so much better than the cheap plastic lens make today. It is made almost of all metal that will probably will last longer than you will. You used the 70-200 so you know what the weight is, the 80-200mm is a little lighter than the 70-200mm. Take a look at one and see how you like it, in the long run I think it will be so much better than the 70-300mm.
I have the 70-300vr Nikkor and the non-afs 80-200 2.8 Nikkor and what a difference. I have had better IQ using the 80-200 and cropping than using the 70-300 for reach. The 80-200 is at a reasonable price range being non vr and non-afs
Okay, if I get the 80-200 non vr and non-afs will it still autofocus on my d90? I know that afs means the lens has a motor built in it, but then my camera does to, what would be the difference than besides the price.?
Yes it uses the screwdriver motor in you camera to focus. That is why I said to try one on your camera and see how it works. With the Pro body's it works very well and is fast focusing with this lens, I am not sure how it works with the D90. Maybe someone will chime in that has and uses one on a D90, but I am sure it will work fine as this lens goes way back and is still made today. The AF-S model has a motor like you said and is a little better lens is why it cost more, but they don't make it anymore and can only get it used.
Sun 01-Apr-12 09:21 AM | edited Sun 01-Apr-12 09:27 AM by cockers
Hi Darlene -
I'd like to address an issue no one has touched on and that's the weight of the 80-200. It is heavy and in my opinion rather unbalanced to handle on the D90 body. In fact it didn't balance well or feel comfortable on my D200. It worked well on a tripod though but that's not why I bought it. I sold my copy in 6 months after owning it and bought the 70-300 VR. True, the image quality of the 80-200 is excellent but if your not comfortable lugging it around - it won't get used.
On the other hand the Nikkor 70-300 VR is an awesome lens, also with excellent pic quality and balances like a dream on the D90! Furthermore it will focus as fast or faster as the screw drive focus of the 80-200D. Additionally the VR is worth it's weight in Gold.