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  1. #1
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    The 70-300 AF-P, the D7200 and VR

    A few things I'm keen to hear people's thoughts about.

    I've read a lot about the 70-300mm AF-P DX f/4.5-6.3G ED VR zoom. Pretty hard to ignore it, it costs $400 (about USD320) in Australia. Reviews are for the most part very good: seriously good value for money.

    I'm wondering if what we're seeing here the 'new normal' in lens manufacture: modern glass (or whatever substitute Nikon use) that gives image quality, as good as a lens that cost ten times as much, ten years ago?

    Put another way: am I better off buying this DX 70-300 new at $400 than, say, looking for a second-hand 70-300 that might be several years old and not be up-to-date in terms of manufacturing technology. In so many industries, tech has got better, while costs of manufacture have gone down.

    The other thing is the VR. This lens as we know does not allow VR to be switched off on the D7200. Every benefit has a cost: what do I lose by have VR permanently engaged?

    (My day-to-day lens on the D7200 is the 16-80mm f/2.8-4 so I'm spoilt for image quality)



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  2. #2
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    Re: The 70-300 AF-P, the D7200 and VR

    Just to note, there's lots of versions of this lens FX and DX, P and not P, VR and not VR...
    G and not G, and couple different max f stop numbers.

    The old VR FX one is very good on DX (and super cheap) and the VR works as expected, meaning you can turn it off on all camera bodies. I've got one and it looks very sharp to me at 300mm even wide open on my D7100.

    I'd say buy one used cheap and try it. Sell it on if you are not pleased with it.
    Last edited by Texas; 02-04-2018 at 01:47 AM.
    D750, D90, D100, Nikon 1 J5 and way too many lenses that come and go on the forbuy/sale forums. (Once owned: EL, F2AS, D50, D200, D300s, and D7100)

  3. #3
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    Re: The 70-300 AF-P, the D7200 and VR

    One review I read found no less than five versions of Nikon 70-300s available.

    The 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G, AF-S is around the stores. It’s about AUD800 (USD640) here and well in contention for me. It’s been around for some years but reviews are solid. It’s physically a bigger lens than the AF-P DX version and looks like something a serious amateur would have (rather than a 'kit lens'). And it does DX and FX, though that’s not a big factor for me right now.
    Last edited by Steve in Oz; 02-04-2018 at 05:38 AM.
    Nikon D7200
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    Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 G
    Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4 E
    Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D
    Nikon D700 Speedlight

  4. #4
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    Re: The 70-300 AF-P, the D7200 and VR

    I have the full-frame 70-300mm Vr lens and it really is a great lens, especially for the money. Huge improvement over my old 55-300mm. If you need a budget-friendly telephoto lens that isn't super long, this is one of your best choices easily.
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    Re: The 70-300 AF-P, the D7200 and VR

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in Oz View Post
    The 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G, AF-S is around the stores.
    This is the lens I have, and is the one I would recommend for the D7200. I'll be a little larger than the AF-P, since it's an FX lens vs the DX latter, but I'm happy with this one.

  6. #6
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    Re: The 70-300 AF-P, the D7200 and VR

    I have the 70-300 af-p vr dx lens and I cannot believe how good it is for the money. Got mine from mpb photographic and its like new. I highly recommend this lens.

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    Re: The 70-300 AF-P, the D7200 and VR

    I have used the AF-P DX NIKKOR
    70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR and the non VR variant.

    I purchased the VR variant refurbished for about $150.00 from a reputable dealer. I have used the lens on a D3400 and D500 and the results have been fantastic. Lightweight. Sharp. Ultra fast focusing (and completely silent.)

    Highly recommended from me. I still use it all of the time when I don't want to carry around the heavy Sigma 150-600 C.





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