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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:28 pm 
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Consider a second hand Nikon D200 they are now affordable and great value for a semi-professional camera.

I use a second hand D3 and second hand D200 and just been forced to hand over my older second hand D70 to one of the kids.

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I am, but they're still a bit out of my price range. I think you should hand over your D200 to me :)

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
Unread postPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:05 am 
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H E L P ! !

I want to buy a Nikon D90 with a good lens for wildlife photography. Which option is better in terms of quality and price? (found these on sacamera.co.za)

1. Nikon D90 with a 18-105mm VR and 70-300VR lens set (R17 800)

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2. Nikon D90 with a 18-55mm VR + 55-200mm VR lens set (R13 100) + Nikon 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VR AF (R17 800) = R 30 900

I know that they are miles apart in price, but I want to know whether or not opting for the second option is 'worth it'? And what other options do you suggest??

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
Unread postPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:22 am 
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Hi Bush Fairy,

I have a D90 myself and in the beginning I went for your option 1 and still has no regret about my descision, and I've been using my D90 with both those lenses for almost 1 1/2 years now.

I'm not very fond of either of the 3 lenses in your option 2, I played around with the 80 - 400mm a few times and just don't like it. It's 'old" and my Sigma 150 - 500mm does a better job. (I did a comparison test last year on another forum).

I'd say go with option 1, that 70 - 300mm is a brilliant lens for a non-pro lens, the kit lens 18 - 105mm is not bad at all. I'll use those two for now, get used to your camera and then start looking around what route you want to go before you buy a telephoto lens. I find it really helps KNOWING your gear before using a telephoto, as there are a few things to keep in mind when using the longer focal range lense.

That's my 2cw! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
Unread postPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:25 am 
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Thanks so much Switchback :thumbs_up: You are a STAR!!

I really appreciate the advice!

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
Unread postPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:26 am 
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I have no idea about Nikon lenses, but the 80-400 is about the length you need.
A quick google finds me this though:

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At 400mm with the lens hood on, the lens extends out to about 14 inches in front of the camera, which makes for an impressive snout (but as we men are sometimes reminded, size doesn't matter, does it?). But what's not impressive is the focus speed or ability to follow focus with certainty. That f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture strains the autofocus on CAM900 bodies (N65, N80, D100, S2), and you'll find that the lens hunts a lot. Things are a bit better on the CAM1300 bodies (F100, F5, D1 series), but still slower than you'll want it to be.

Slow is not what you want your lens to be with wildlife...

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
Unread postPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:31 am 
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Thanks DuQues :)

I totally agree, but of course when I read it in "photographer language" on nikon.com (OOPS!) I have no idea what they are talking about!! Thanks for the good explaination!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
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Aha! He's using a Nokia! That's why he went to "the dark side", Nokia / Nikon, what's the difference.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
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DuQues wrote:
Aha! He's using a Nokia! That's why he went to "the dark side", Nokia / Nikon, what's the difference.... :lol: :lol: :lol:


We all know the "Dark Side" always has better toys! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
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I know this might not be the correct topic for my request but i'm desperate so please bear with me and don't laugh.

I have a sigma 170-500mm lens and want to have it service. The only place i can find is down in Cape Town far from Randfontein here in Gauteng can any body help me. :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:

Please PM me

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
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So I took the plunge yesterday and bought myself a Canon EOS Rebel t3i. (600D) I'm very excited, but am having mild :shock: at the choices out there for lenses.

It comes with a standard-fare EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, but I've already warned Mrs. Stark that I'd like more options while in Kruger.

My trusty Olympus SP-570 is making the trip as a backup camera and is more than adequate for that task. It has a long reach with 32x optical zoom with a teleconverter lens, so I'm not sure if I need to get a long lens for my Rebel, or if I should look for a quality mid-range.

I'm hoping to get something that allows for decent wildlife shots (action and still) that I could also use here in AZ for wildlife and sports. Without breaking the bank and causing Mrs. Stark to choke when she gets the bill. :P

Any suggestions, shutterbug mites? I also don't understand lens jargon just yet, so speak in small words. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
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Stark wrote:
It comes with a standard-fare EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, but I've already warned Mrs. Stark that I'd like more options while in Kruger.


I'm hoping to get something that allows for decent wildlife shots (action and still) that I could also use here in AZ for wildlife and sports. Without breaking the bank and causing Mrs. Stark to choke when she gets the bill. :P



I think that depends on the size of your bank , Stark :whistle:
And that again can also depend on how close you want to get to that cheetah , or leopard , or lion , which you see at a distance of 300 meters :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
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The camera kit set me back $700US. I think I could talk her into an initial lens purchase in the $400-$500 range if I try hard enough. I'm seeing a few on Amazon in the $200 range (which she likes better :P) but I'm not sure these would fit the bill.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens $209

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Telephoto Zoom Lens $176

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens $480

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
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Stark I have seen some very good photos taken with the 70-300 IS USM version, I think the glass has the best Image quality and that extra 50mm on the 55-250 can make a little difference!

What i find is a useful thing to do is to search the lens on Flickr, then you can see samples of what the lens can do :wink:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Canon+EF+70-300mm+f%2F4-5.6+IS+USM#page=2

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 Post subject: Re: Camera lenses
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:08 pm 
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get the 70-300 IS USM.

55-250 is a kit lens, you would never assume excellent pictures from a kit lens. one of the guys I work with says it is an amazing lens, and for the pice you will pay, it is well worth it...

have a look of the digital picture for reviews...he is really good. as well as fred marinda (something like that).


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