Nikon Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

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Nikon Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Postby thestig2010 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:55 am

This is the base 70-300mm model in the Nikkor range, around $140 USD (Autumn 2008). The two steps up are the ED version and the AF-S VR version.

Here are some quick samples of pics i took at a recent outing on a dark, overcast, Washington day.

All of these are with a Nikon D80...


Focal length: 220mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec
Sensitivity: 800 ISO


Focal length: 240mm
Aperture: f/5.3
Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec
Sensitivity: 800 ISO


Focal length: 85mm
Aperture: f/4.2
Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec
Sensitivity: 500 ISO


Focal length: 70mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec
Sensitivity: 800 ISO

Postby EricD » Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:25 pm

I have this lens, its a good budget telephoto.

You get some very sharp results... Mine are a little soft :?

Postby thestig2010 » Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:29 am

Here are some positive and negative opinions I have regarding this lens...

The Good:
-BUDGET LENS! Only about $140 USD new!
-Light Weight
-Excellent Zoom Range
-Better optics than a comparable Quantaray 70-300mm
-Full Frame Compatible... works GREAT on my N75 film!
-Sharp results with great color

The Bad:
-Plasticy Body, feels kinda cheap
-Needs lots of light to shoot in because...
A) slow aperature
B) no VR
C) very bouncy beyond 200mm w/o tripod
-Pretty bad color fringing after 200mm
-Stupidly slow and loud autofocus (granted, it is accurate)
-Crappy Macro
-Wont work on D40/D40x/D60

Go for the ED version if you've got a bit more cash, it'll help cure the color fringing issue. But for not much more, go for the AF-S VR version... you'll get ED glass, a better focusing motor (with manual override), and vibration reduction.

...Unless you're fortunate enough to go for a 70-200 f2.8 VR. Of course, that's a BEAST, but sooooooo glorious.

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