How is the 70-300VR on D7000?

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Hi All! I thought I'd post this here since it's as much about the 70-300VR as it is the D7000.

For my birding expeditions I typically carry a 500VR+D300 by hand and hang a D3+70-200VR off my Lowepro belt with a Spyder holster. The D3+70-200VR is rather heavy, and being FX lacks the reach I would ideally like to have.

So I'm thinking of going with the D7000+70-300VR as my second, but am concerned about the IQ on 16MP sensor, which surely must be less forgiving than a 12MP sensor.

From the few samples I've seen it seems to be a mixed bag. IQ is critical to me, but AF isn't as important since this will just be a second body.

Comments welcome!
 
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I can't say too much about the IQ for the work that you want to do with this combo, but I can't say enough about how well it worked in a basement gymnasium with mixed lighting and kids singing while backlit. In the middle of the show (after this photo) they actually turned off the houselights!

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What may be useful to you in your context is that I found focus acquisition to be very rapid and accurate, even in this dark setting.

Also coming from a D40, I was carrying a gripped D7000 with the 70-300 (really heavy for me - would be light for you) and, with probably poor technique, this was my first shot on the way into the school at 300mm (1/160, f/5.6, ISO 100):

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With a good copy of the lens, I have to believe you will be pretty satisfied!
 
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It is much larger and heavier than the 55-300mm VR. Its also about the twice the price.

The 55-300mm VR uses much smaller filters but then again its filter rotates. The 55-300 has VR2 though vs VR1 on the 70-300.

IMO, the 55-300mm seems sharper...

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/122/cat/13

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1359/cat/13

Keep in mind though that one was shot on a D300s and the other on a D200.

The link you posted for the 70-300 was the older, non-VR version.
The newer VR version is far superior to the one in that review.
 
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$539.95 vs $359.95 brand new USA versions at B&H. Not quite twice the price (more like 50% greater). Refurbs from Nikon are available for under $400 as well (or at least they were two weeks ago when I bought a refurb 70-300VR from KEH for $379).
 
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FLY has it ALL wrong....wrong lens review AND the VR is indeed the II. :eek: They can be had
all day long <$400 used/mint. I'm the resident expert over on FM with this very combo.
Gary, feel free to peruse one of my numerous threads with them...sports/BIF/High ISO :biggrin:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1009720
BTW, AF on the 55-300 is anemic compared to the 70-300

a typical sample D7K 70-300 VR SOOC
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FLY has it ALL wrong....wrong lens review Gary, feel free to peruse one of my numerous threads with them...sports/BIF/High ISO :biggrin:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1009720
BTW, AF on the 55-300 is anemic compared to the 70-300

a typical sample D7K 70-300 VR SOOC
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg31/rvrsbnd/29a64451.jpg

LOL I recall seeing that (great!) shot Will, but I forgot you were using the very combo I'm asking about! I'll tool on over and look you up on FM...

BTW, I own a 70-300VR so that's not so much a problem...I'm just concerned about high(er) MP sensor cameras and how fussy they are with "consumer" glass -- plus I shoot hand-held nearly 100% of the time which adds another variable to the IQ equation.

Many thanks for the replies folks!
 
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FLY has it ALL wrong....wrong lens review AND the VR is indeed the II. :eek: They can be had
all day long <$400 used/mint. I'm the resident expert over on FM with this very combo.
Gary, feel free to peruse one of my numerous threads with them...sports/BIF/High ISO :biggrin:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1009720
BTW, AF on the 55-300 is anemic compared to the 70-300

a typical sample D7K 70-300 VR SOOC
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg31/rvrsbnd/29a64451.jpg

That's a good one!
 
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I just took out my 70-300 yesterday for a bunch of a quick shots. I got them processed and I thought to myself "wow these are really sharp"...until I realized I had a cheap UV filter on it, so I can only assume things only get better :D
 
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nice idea for the conbination, but how about exhanging bodies; 500mm plus D7k and te 70-300mm + D300
BTW for me D300 w/ 70-300 works good
 
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i don't buy the good copy bad copy theory for any lens but

i'd stick a 1.4 tc on that 70-200 vs getting a 70-300

it's nice little lens, i have one, but compared to what you shoot you will imo be disapointed...

Het Will, great shot !
 
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I just bought one not 3 hours ago, so far I like it!
VR really compensates (In my opinion) for the slow glass, see picture below for reason why.

This shot was taken in a dimly lit room, my settings are as followed:
Exposure 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 300 mm
ISO Speed 5000
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire

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Aside from D7k's high ISO ability, I think I've got a really good copy of the 70-300 VR :)
 
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Congrats cu2mike, I'm sure you're gonna love it, but either you got a lot of dirt on the front of your lens or you really need to give that clock of yours a good clean... :rolleyes:... :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:... LOL... j/k...
 
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Congrats cu2mike, I'm sure you're gonna love it, but either you got a lot of dirt on the front of your lens or you really need to give that clock of yours a good clean... :rolleyes:... :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:... LOL... j/k...

:biggrin: LOL yeah....... um........ yeah :biggrin:
 

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