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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-24-2008, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Been eyeing this lens for some time and decided to get it now, before Putnam next weekend and plenty early before my trip to Alaska. I've seen some really great wildlife shots online from this lens, and the extra 300mm will be good for the track.

Nikkor 70-300 VR f/4.5 - 5.6 G AFS

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nice purchase!!! i picked up the EF 70-300mm/f4-5.6 IS USM lens for my canon and I love it...

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Damn you Jeff I want the VR lens, but it is a bunch of money for the few track days and other events I would actually use it at.

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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-24-2008, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think I'll ever move on to the thousand-dollar pro lenses, so I'm probably set for a long time with the gear I have now.

I just better see some damn bears and eagles in Alaska!

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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-25-2008, 10:13 AM
 
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I got that lens last year. Some very nice shots with it. VR can be a bit on the loud side according to some more advanced photographers (zero complaints from me on that issue), but overall this lens is the tits.

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cost?

also, go to Starved Rock - lots of Eagles and they look the same as the ones in AK

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I bought that lens for Brianne last year, lightly used. Got a hell of a deal on it. It's a bit slow and needs lots of light, but the photos that come from it are on part with some of the pro lenses!

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Hmmm, so I got the lens tonight and my initial reaction is so-so.

I took some test shots outside but it was near-dusk and I can see how low light is not good for this lens. Also, I didn't relaize how little a difference there is between 200mm and 300mm, the subject barely gets any larger. Was sort of disappointed there.

On the plus side, a shallow DOF is more defined on this long lens, relly make subjects pop. And the VR in Active mode is great for hand-held at full 300mm, even in low light. I'm hoping for a sunny day Sat to test it out.

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Hmmm, so I got the lens tonight and my initial reaction is so-so.

I took some test shots outside but it was near-dusk and I can see how low light is not good for this lens. Also, I didn't relaize how little a difference there is between 200mm and 300mm, the subject barely gets any larger. Was sort of disappointed there.

On the plus side, a shallow DOF is more defined on this long lens, relly make subjects pop. And the VR in Active mode is great for hand-held at full 300mm, even in low light. I'm hoping for a sunny day Sat to test it out.
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Jeff, once you go pro, you never go back! You should rent or borrow some nice glass and see how you like it.
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Jeff, once you go pro, you never go back! You should rent or borrow some nice glass and see how you like it.
I'm sure I'd love it, just not the price tag.

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Yea in that zoom range there are not too many lenses that can compete for the money. The 70-300VR is a solid intermediate lens. The 70-200 would be better, but then again compare the costs. I use the 70-300 mostly for track and sometimes for nature shots and all those things fall into normal day time. If the sun is setting I'm usually using something wider to capture the whole scene.
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Raven got that lense for me and I love it!
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Okay, so I still haven't gotten to shoot in bright sunshine yet, but I'm happy with some of results so far. Here's one from Putnam last weekend. The first photo is mine and the second is Matt Granzow's, both are the same subject on the same day (different sessions) and same shooting location.

D40 w/ 70-300VR @ 300mm
F/5.6 @ 1/2000 @ ISO200


D300 w/ 70-200 @ 400mm (w/ telecvntr)
F/6.3 @ 1/250 @ ISO200


Overall I'm impressed as I didn't expect this lens to be all that great for track shooting since it's a bit on the slow side.

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Jeff where did you pick up the lense? I'm really disappointed with the lense in my package deal with the D40 the 55-200 not very impressed, especially in low light conditions. So the VR lenses are worth the extra coin?

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Thats why I didn't got that kit.

That 18-55 lens is fine, but 55-200 no VR you need some support, every move in low light will make blurry photos.
VR is very useful, especially when you shoot photos handheld, and in darker conditions. I tried 240zoom older lens with not auto focus, and it was hard to make a crisp photo without support. Mono pod would be helpful.

At 300 zoom with VR it will be kind of hard to shoot photos without the support. But I think they worth every penny.

Go to http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/forum.asp?forum=1034

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Very nice. I have an 18-200mm lense and it does a great job on my D200

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Rick check this out, lots of photos whit 300vr lens.

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can someone please just post a price!

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can someone please just post a price!
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Pretty good deal, I was looking at 55-200VR, and the price was 249$,
so I might save up another 250$ and get 300VR.

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At 300 zoom with VR it will be kind of hard to shoot photos without the support. But I think they worth every penny.
In good light you can easily get clear photos at 300mm with no support, just a steady hand. I've noticed that the VR in this lens (VRII) seems to work even better than the first-gen VR in my 18-200 lens. It's very weird the first time you use it and see the viewfinder freeze when you know the camera is still moving around a bit.

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