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Re: Camera Lens

Unread post by DuQues » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:28 am

Second hand no problem? Then this link might widen your choice a bit?
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Re: Camera Lens

Unread post by Rybka » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:55 am

As far as budget is concerned I was thinking of up to R5000. I wouldnt mind second hand as long as the condition is good.

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Re: Camera Lens

Unread post by BushNuts » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:48 am

I'd go with DQ and JL's suggestion. The Nikkor 18-200mm is the ideal one travel lens. Sure the zoom isn't great enough to take a picture of "a tick biting the butt of a buffalo from a mile away" but it meets most needs, landscapes and zoomed up portrait shots. You can always crop the image if your shots are good enough.
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Re: Camera Lens

Unread post by fazekma » Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:43 pm

Hi Rybka

I would agree with the 18-200 vr lens - it is small and light and an ideal fit with the D90. It also has a macro capability that comes in handy.

I dropped my first one and bought a second hand replacement from Kameraz in Rosebank for R6000,00. I don't know where you live - if in Jhb Kameraz specializes in second hand items.

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Lens needed for Nikon D5200

Unread post by t-bal » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:30 pm

Hello mites

I have another dilemma so once again I must ask for your guidance, this time it’s a more technical issue.

I have just purchased a Nikon D5200. The main reasons for this buy are: the much higher megapixels and the better images when the light is fading. I want to buy a lens which will provide me with the quality images I am looking for. I am looking at buying a lens which extends to 300mm. (budget prevails me to go for a larger lens) I have also been looking at superzoom lenses but the nikkor ones are just too expensive for me. I have narrowed the list down to 2. I would like to hear which one you think is the best for capturing the wild life and which one has the most value for the money. I am looking at the following lenses.

- Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF – ED
- Nikkor AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Ed VR

Looking forward of reading your advice.

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Re: Lens needed for Nikon D5200

Unread post by Chickadee » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:10 pm


I am a somewhat familiar with this issue because my brother-in-law was asking the same question recently.

First off, both those lenses will work with the 5200 - you have to be careful because the camera itself does not have a motor to drive the lenses so you need a lens type that supports auto-focus with AF-S or AF-I lenses only.

I personally own the 70-300 Nikon lens you are asking about and use it a lot. When I only want to carry one lens, this is it because of its versatility. It is more expensive and larger and heavier than the 55-300.

I can't speak to the 55-300 other than that it is less expensive, shorter, and lighter.

I'm sure you cannot go wrong with either lens and I hope to see some pictures in a trip report soon!!
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Re: Lens needed for Nikon D5200

Unread post by Scottm » Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:04 pm

Tim, if you can, get the 70-300 VR Nikon Lens. It is by far the bast budget zoom available, and while still a "consumer" lens, does an excellent job of producing great images. anything better is likely to be substantially more expensive. The optics on the 55-300 are of similar quality (much under-rated), but the focusing of this lens is just that much slower than the 70-300. Anything else in the Nikon lens lineup for wildlife is at least double the price of the 70-300.

The only alternate is to look for a faster lens in the 2nd hand market.....
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Re: Lens needed for Nikon D5200

Unread post by JDW » Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:34 am

The 70-300mm lens will serve you well.
It will struggle to focus quickly if you use a converter with it.
Its sweet point is at about 250mm.
It is a good start for your photographic equipment which you can add to as you become more affluent.
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