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What lense to buy?

Unread postby badprop_za » Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:16 pm

Good day to all.
I have recently bought a Nikon D3000 after using a Sony Cybershot for years.
I want to buy a lense which I can use to take photos of wildlife. I am not that serious into birding,but do take the occassional photo.
I am on a limited budget,and I want to make the right choice.

Looking forward to hear your opinions!!!

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Re: What lense to buy?

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:46 pm

How much research did you do with regards to different cameras before you bought? Reason I ask is because the D3000 does not have an internal focus drive. This means that it will not auto-focus with a lot of lenses. This list of lenses includes the very popular Sigma 170-500mm, 150-500mm and 50-500mm lenses, as well as lenses like Nikon's 80-200mm F2.8 (some of them) and 80-400mm. These lenses will still work, but you'll have to focus manually.

From your description of what you intend to photograph, I would recommend the 70-300mm VR (am not sure off-hand if its a DX or not?).

If you intend taking scenic or landscape shots, I would recommend the 18-55mm, which probably came with your camera.

Those two lenses are very popular and should cover the majority of the shots you'll want to take.

If you look at other topics in the photography section, you'll find plenty of discussions about various lenses.
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Re: What lense to buy?

Unread postby Switchback » Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:06 pm

joshilewis wrote:From your description of what you intend to photograph, I would recommend the 70-300mm VR (am not sure off-hand if its a DX or not?).


I agree with this. I've got this lens and is a very handy lens. It is lightweight in your hands and on your pocket. You won't be able to zoom into the lion's eye, but for not so serious pics, this lens is perfect with a GREAT VR system.

It works 100% on DX cameras. The Sigma 150 - 500mm is also definitely a very good option and not to be overlooked if you need a bit more range.
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Re: What lense to buy?

Unread postby badprop_za » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:32 am

That's one cool pic Scipio!!

I had a look on Outdoorphoto's website regarding the Sigma 70-300 lens,and they make a comment that this lens will not work on a D3000.
Someone advised me to also have a look at the Nikon 55-200 DX lens.Apparently the 55-200 lens has the same picture angle characteristics of an 82-300. :huh:

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Re: What lense to buy?

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:04 am

The 55-200 DX (VR) is a very good lens and well rated.
You're opening a whole can of worms by stating that its the equivalent of an 85-300mm lens. This is NOT true (since its a DX lens on a DX body/sensor).

I own both the 55-200mm DX VR and the 18-200mm DX VR. Both are great lenses. However I would recommend, for your uses, that a 70-300mm will work better.

Nikon's 70-300mm VR lens will work on your D3000. I don't know about Sigma's but I'd appreciate a link to the ODP conversation. I can't seem to find any reliable info (in a quick search) about whether the Sigma will auto focus on a D3000. I have read that the Nikon is a better quality lens (and I'm inclined to believe it).

Since the 70-300mm VR is not a DX lens, it will give you the equivalent field of view of a 105-450mm lens on a DX camera (like the D3000). (If anyone wants more info on this, I'm happy to discuss it :) )
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Re: What lense to buy?

Unread postby badprop_za » Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:41 am

Please see link below regarding Sigma lens. It was not a conversation, but a comment as part of the product.

http://www.outdoorphotoshop.co.za/p8944/Sigma-70-300-F4-56-DG-APO-Macro-Nikon.aspx

Might have to save up a bit more for the Nikon lens it seems. At this point, it is out of reach.

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Re: What lense to buy?

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:09 am

I see the big red warning. I would phone them and ask them why. 'Will not work' is a bit statement. It mostly likely means will not autofocus. Hedrus (the owner of ODP) will definitely be able to help you.
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Re: What lense to buy?

Unread postby badprop_za » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:32 am

Spoke to the guys at ODP.It is only the autofocus that will not work,but the lens will fit.

Damn.I remember sometime last week they advertised the Sigma lens for R1 100 on their website.Snooze you lose I guess!!!

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Re: What lense to buy?

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:09 pm

badprop_za wrote:Apparently the 55-200 lens has the same picture angle characteristics of an 82-300. :huh:

joshilewis wrote:You're opening a whole can of worms by stating that its the equivalent of an 85-300mm lens. This is NOT true (since its a DX lens on a DX body/sensor).

If you're confused by this statement, have a look here.
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Re: What lense to buy?

Unread postby badprop_za » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:40 pm

Thanks Joshi,I think it makes sense.

Which of the following lenses is preferred?

1 - Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 G AF
2 - Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO

I was initially thinking about the Sigma (due to budget constraints), but found this Nikon add for R2 400.The lens is apparently new.

I would prefer the 70-300VR, but at R6k, it is just too far out of rich to wait.


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