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Unread postby Katja » Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:39 pm

delboysafa wrote:Geez, this lens is like gold dust.

Is it really worth it?

I think it is. I am quite impressed with this lens because it is fast, sharp and has a great range.
I think it is good value for money.
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Nikon 300mm IE F4 Lens

Unread postby delboysafa » Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:12 pm

Bought this lens off Ebay to go with my new D80. Anyone have any experience with this? It is not the D lens and is 8 years old.

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:19 pm

This is a nice lens...for some reason all the 300f4 nikkor lenses have been incredibly sharp and of course much more portable than the 300 2.8's. in low ISO and in dark situations you may get a bit of focus hunting but generally a very good lens
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Unread postby Salva » Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:24 am

I have the 300mm f/4 AF ED, which is the latest version of the nikkor 300mm f/4! As Peter says, it is a sharp lens! The one I own also focuses VERY fast when subjext is further than 3 meters away! When between 3 and 1.5 a bit slower but still fast.

Could however very well be that your lens is not AF and that the minimal focussing distance is higher.


But sharp it will be, imho!
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Unread postby delboysafa » Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:11 pm

it is the AF lens. Same issue with focusing under 3m, but ok over that. A bit noisy though

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Unread postby Salva » Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:53 pm

delboysafa wrote: A bit noisy though


Possible, yes! Forgot to tell: mine is AF-S and S stands for silent wave motor so... but good you have AF.
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Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:33 pm

Hi,

There are no perfect lenses, so choose the one that suits your needs best.

I have both the 18-200mm and 70-200mm VR lenses, and love both. At 200mm the bigger lens is sharper, no doubt, but the smaller lens gives very good results under most conditions.

The 18-200mm VR is excellent for shooting directly into the sun, with very little flare. The 70-200mm VR is horrible for flare, so you always have to try and keep the front element shaded by a bush, pole, person etc.

I do not enjoy walking around with the big lens -- it is too heavy. The 18-200 wil get you good shots 90% of the time. Lately I have enjoyed photographing baby franklins in our backyard. The big lens gives a stunningly blurred background, but minimum focus etc. is a pain in the neck. This morning I lay on the ground surrounded by tiny chicks, and the 18-200mm VR was perfect for the closer shots, backlit shots etc.

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:27 pm

As Friederich says the 18-200 is great and covers a great spectrum from ultra wide to telephoto, it is portable etc but it comes with a couple of compromises like he mentioned sharpness at the top end etc I havent used my 70-200 into the sun yet but I have also heard it can flare which is a pity because I love doing late afternoon backlit subjects. The 70-200 is probably the sharpest lens I have ever owned and I love the small depth of field and super backgrounds it throws . If I want to have more depth of field then I go to f8 or something like that. The 18-200 has the VR II image stabalising system which gives you 4 stops extra like my new 105 f2.8 Micro VR .The other Nikon lenses I have with VR have the original version of VR or 3 stops extra. Canon has 2 stops on their IS lenses I am told. I think in Dec in Kruger when I love taking sunsets with thunder clouds I wont use the 70-200 because of the flare but will use the 12-24 for big landscapes and the 105 Micro which like the new 300 2.8 nikon lens has the Nikon patented Nano Crystal technology = No Flare at all. The only problem is no zoom facility which is quite hard in a car when you need to go backwards and forwards to compose with a prime lens. Cameras I'm not really interested in as long as their metering is accurate and the shutter as well.but lenses I just love and they make my hobby so interesting.
I'm going to get Jane the D80 and i'll get the new 70-300 VR nikon lens as her wildlife lens which can also double as my Trails lens for portability as I agree with Friederich that the 70-200 is not a carry lens for sissies like me and at my age I need something lighter and with the reach of a 300.
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Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:08 pm

Hi Peter

Isn't it ironical -- you live in Addo with elephants and lions in your backyard, and you go all the way to Kruger to photograph them there...
I live in Somerset West, a World Heritage Site in my backyard, and go all the way to the Vumba (most Decembers), to experience the mountains and plantlife there!

I think we will just miss you in Kruger, as I only plan to spend a few days there till just before Christmas (too many people...)

Won't your 200-400 be good for sunsets too?

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:48 pm

Hi Friederich We will be in Kruger from 18 Dec to 29 Dec.North to South..I really hope we can meet somewhere...by that time Jane will have her D80 ...she doesnt know yet

The 200-400 will be great for Moon rises as my ex 80-400 was in Kalahari so will try this big boy on sunsets...I heard its not as bad with flare as our 70-200's are but still a bit problematic all the same
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Nikon D80 with 18-200mm lens.

Unread postby adw » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:42 pm

I purchased a D80 with a 18-200mm lens to supplement my Nikon D200 with a 70-300mm lens. What a fantastic lens this 18-200mm is. I do not use a bean-bag nor do I use a tripod. On my most recent trip 80% of my photos I used the 200mm lens and only used the 300mm lens for bird photos and far distant subjects. The results have been impressive on this smaller lens. I can even take photos with the engine running without any camera shake. (What I often found was that the animal being photographed would only run away when I switched the engine off.) After the first shot I then switch off the engine and if the animal has not bolted I can then take a more careful second photo.
I would like to purchase a 1.4 or 2x convertor for this lens but to my surprise we(the dealer and I) could not fit the convertor to the lens even though it was a Nikon converter (the converter did fit the camera body). The dealer was just as surprised as I was and promised to find out from the suppliers. Do any forumites have an answer to this situation?
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Unread postby Katja » Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:59 pm

I don't know the reply to your question. But I have the same camera and lens, so I would appreciate it if you could post here what the dealer found out.
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Unread postby adw » Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:51 pm

hi Katja, the dealer tells me that the Nikon 1.4 and 2 times converter only fit the AFS lens type and the 18-200 is not an AFS lens. I know thats not much help other than do not bother to by a Nikon converter for this lens as it simply does not fit.
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Sigma lens 170-500 advice needed

Unread postby adw » Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:19 pm

I was wanting to purchase a Nikon 400 mm lens until I was quoted a price of a small moto car. Being an amateur photographer this is out of my league. The dealer then recommended a Sigma 170-500ml lens at less than one tenth of the Nikon price. This lens will be used mainly for bird photography as I found the Nikon 18-200 lens suitable for most game shots. Any comments regarding the Sigma lens will be most welcome.
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Unread postby Scipio » Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:33 pm

Hi adw, I use a sigma lens with my Pentax K110D & MZ7. I find it most satisfactory in all instances. All you really need for the bigger lens is a Tripod/Beanbag. My budget is of such a nature that it is the most viable option & for every 1% reduction in price I lose about .0005% in functionality & Quality. The $ was my selling point(I'm an accountant) but I am very happy with the snaps.


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