Hi everyone, I have the nikon d3100, which came with twin lense kit.. AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm G ED and the AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm G ED, I tend to use the 55-300 outdoors for model shoots, has great DOF I don't shoot scenery or anything, just models... I would like to know, any brand lense similar to 55-300mm which is compatible with D3100 and has better glass then my base lense??? I don't have all the money in the world but if it has better glass/crisper image quality, then I'm willing to save I've been told its better to upgrade your lense then your body for better results.
Welcome to Nikonians! The 55-300mm is optically an excellent lens. More so when you consider the price. Do you have a budget in mind? There are 70-200mm lenses by Tamron, Sigma, and Nikon priced from about $770.00 to $2350.00. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
>Hi Jacqueline, > >Welcome to Nikonians! >The 55-300mm is optically an excellent lens. More so when you >consider the price. >Do you have a budget in mind? >There are 70-200mm lenses by Tamron, Sigma, and Nikon priced >from about $770.00 to $2350.00. >Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Would this 70-200mm have better glass to enhance image quality and professional results though? My budget is lower than that :S but I really want a better result so I guess I'll start saving?? Is there an upgraded version of my 55-300mm in any brand with better glass at all? still have to be AF-S... Thank you
Particularly with the 18-55, but also the 55-300, I think you'd be surprised at how much you have to pay to get significantly better results. (Or alternatively, how much convenience you have to give up.) The Nikon kit lenses are really excellent optics; they make compromises elsewhere, such as durability or maximum aperture.
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Yes, the 70-200mm lenses are Pro Quality, have a constant f/2.8 aperture, are about 8" long, about 3 1/2" in diameter, and weighs about 3.5 pounds. The 55-300mm is optically excellent and is significantly better than any third party lens in it's class. The Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR is slightly sharper in the corners and will focus faster than the 55-300mm but it is not as sharp at the long end as your 55-300mm.
Keep in mind that a large percentage of the Image Quality is the direct result of the Photographers skill. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Hi I have the Nikon D5100 and got the 55-200 kit lense with it but needed more reach for soccer games and wildlife I shoot. I got the Nikon 55-300 and am dissappointed in it its soft at the 250 to 300 range you have to keep it at f-8 or f-11 I'm looking into the Tamron 70-300 its a half stop faster at F4/5.6 and will focus faster and sharper plus offering a rebate now.
The Tamron 70-300mm is actually only 1/3rd stop faster at the wide end (70mm)as both lenses have the same maximum aperture of f/5.6 at the long end (300mm). There are also two versions of the Tamron 70-300mm: The 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro ($164.00) and the SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD ($449.00). The former is an entry level or kit lens, the latter a mid- grade lens similar to the Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Your 55-300 lens is an excellent lens. I have one, and trust me, even on a bad day for me, it is a great lens. If I had bigger bucks to spend I would get a longer lens for wildlife, personally.
If you want something different, you might look at a fast prime lens. I don't know enough about them to recommend, but take a look at the appropriate threads for photos of family, models, etc, and see what people are using.
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>Your 55-300 lens is an excellent lens. I have one, and trust >me, even on a bad day for me, it is a great lens. If I had >bigger bucks to spend I would get a longer lens for wildlife, >personally. > >If you want something different, you might look at a fast >prime lens. I don't know enough about them to recommend, but >take a look at the appropriate threads for photos of family, >models, etc, and see what people are using.
yes fast prime lens is what I am after the 55-300 is slow for focusing when it comes to children running around...
I have to concur with the others, the 18-55 and the 55-300 are excellent zooms, and I own them both.
Since you say that you primarily shoot models, you might want to consider both the AF-S 35mm 1.8G for about $200.00 US and the AF-S 50mm 1.8G for about $220.00 US. Both are excellent primes for the price and probably satisfy your needs. There is also a new AF-S 85mm 1.8G for about $500.00 which is also supposed to be a great lens. Availability for the 85mm is sketchy at this time.
>yes fast prime lens is what I am after the 55-300 is slow >for focusing when it comes to children running around...
Just to be clear: "fast" means Large Aperture which does not always result in fast AF speed. Prime lenses have a single focal length. If you are looking for a prime lens, set the zoom ring on your 18-55mm at 35mm, and just a little short of 55mm to about 50mm and shoot. Then set the zoom ring on your 55-300mm lens between 70mm and 100mm at approx. 85mm and shoot. You will be able to see for yourself which focal length fits your particular requirements the best. Prime lenses are almost always optically superior to zoom lenses. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!