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  1. #1
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    Lens Question

    So i'm considering buying the Nikkor 70-300mm lens. I shoot a lot of outdoor wildlife shots, birds, landscape etc. All reviews indicate that it is a great lens.

    What i have right now is this:

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/ima...-f28-d-950.jpg

    What i'm looking at buying is this:

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens 2197 B&H

    OR this:

    Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 2161 B&H

    I want more zoom for outdoor wildlife but I can't get over the fact that the newer version of the 80-200mm lens costs 2 or 3 times more than the 55-300 and twice as much as the 70-300mm.

    I'm very new to photography still and so I don't know what the difference is between the 55-300mm and the 70-300mm that makes one cost so much more than the other? And what is the difference between those and the 80-200mm that costs much more than either?

    Am I going to get any more reach with either 300mm lens over the 200mm I already have? The 80-200mm I have is a hand me down, but in great shape and takes great pictures; I feel like I am missing the true value of the lens I have and am worried that either of the 300mm lenses won't give me any additional reach over my current 200mm.

    Any help and advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated! The body I have is the Nikon D7000 btw. Thanks!


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  2. #2
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    Re: Lens Question

    The lens you currently have is a fast f2.8 lens and will most likely be superior to both the 55-300 and the 70-300 which are slow lenses. The equivalent to what you have now would be the highly regarded 70-200 f2.8 which is quite expensive but worth it. The 300mm lenses will give you a little more reach but sacrifice the ability to shoot in lower light and at higher apertures that your f2.8 gives.

  3. #3
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    Re: Lens Question

    That is one awesome lens you have LBC!
    The 2 you are looking at (Actually i am looking at too) would be move downwards i feel

  4. #4
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    Re: Lens Question

    I have this lens:
    Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 2161 B&H

    And love it. Definitely more reach than the 200mm. (I also have the 18-200mm VRII)


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    D7000
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  5. #5
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    Re: Lens Question

    Quote Originally Posted by RickSawThat View Post
    I have this lens:
    Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 2161 B&H

    And love it. Definitely more reach than the 200mm. (I also have the 18-200mm VRII)
    RickSawThat- Have you had an opportunity to use the 55-300?
    If so how would you compare the two?

  6. #6
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    Re: Lens Question

    I have never used the 55-300mm zoom. Can't give an opinion...


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    D7000
    70-300mm VR * 18-105 VR * 10-17mm Tokina Fisheye DX

  7. #7
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    Re: Lens Question

    If you are after a walk around lens I highly recomend the 70-210 F4-5.6 D
    I will point out the differance between 200 or 210 to 300mm is smaller than you might think in reality.
    If you seriously beleive you need more reach, I would aim at 400mm


    Nikon 70-210mm f/4-5.6 Review

  8. #8
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    Re: Lens Question

    Welcome...I have the 80-200mm and it is great....Buy yourself a Nikon 1.4 tele-converter gives you over 300mm and cheaper then buying another lens that wouldn't be as good as this combo...

  9. #9
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    Oh man! I wish I had that 80-200 f2.8 :-)


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  10. #10
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    Re: Lens Question

    Quote Originally Posted by pedroj View Post
    Welcome...I have the 80-200mm and it is great....Buy yourself a Nikon 1.4 tele-converter gives you over 300mm and cheaper then buying another lens that wouldn't be as good as this combo...
    ^^This sounds like a better option. I like my 70-300, but if I had a 80-200 f2.8, I would stick with the 80-200.
    Nikon 1 V3: w/ 6.7-13mm ultra wide, 18.5mm prime, 10-30mm PD, 70-300mm CX, Nikon SB-N7 Speedlight, FT1 Lens Mount
    Nikon D810: w/ Nikon MB D12 Battery Grip,
    Nikkor: 16-35mm f/4G, 24-70mm f/2.8G, 70-200mm f/4G, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G, Micro 105mm f/2.8G, 50mm 1.8G
    Nikon TC-20EII Teleconverter, Nikon SB-700 & SB-600 Speed lights





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