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Loving the 70-300 VR

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by watsonD50, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. This is (honestly) one of the best lenses that I have ever used. No Post Processing, Just NEF batched via Capture and resized 25% bi-cubic. I will post some full-size samples later, including 300mm wide-open shots which are tack-sharp.









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  2. Looks good. The real measure of a lens's quality is how much it makes you want to take photos with it.
  3. snakeman


    Feb 26, 2006
    Lovely shots Daniel..this lens impresses me more and more! I already have that range covered with my sigma otherwise I would seriously consider this lens
  4. Full size samples

    Sample 1: 300mm wide-open f5.6 (Click on the pictures for full size, unedited).


    Sample 2: 180mm f8
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  5. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    wow Daniel ...these r wonderful...this has to be nikon's most recent biggest bang for the buck and u r obviously making excellent use of it,,,congrats...;-))
  6. Bravo, perfect comment. I love the lens too!

  7. Another full size sample 300mm 5.6 Wide Open

  8. And another full size sample 300mm f8

  9. gugs


    Feb 24, 2006
    pretty convincing demonstration and some excellent pics BTW.
  10. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
  11. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    Yup, great shots...one of the reasons why I love this lens and it hardly comes off my D50.
  12. tasnim_fahim


    Oct 2, 2006
    Excellent shots. Just wondering, how is the focus acquisition speed in dim light?

    Well done.
  13. Focusing seems to be good under low light, but to be honest I haven't shot enough under these conditions to be a good judge and make a fair assessment at this point. I have not experienced any 'hunting' with this lens yet, and in the limited indoor shooting I have performed focus locked readily even at 300mm. Maybe others can chime in with their experience using this lens indoors.
  14. Thanks

    everyone for their kind comments, but the real thanks goes to Nikon for making such a fine, affordable, and versatile product ! :smile:
  15. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    Here here Daniel...it is a great lens. Also, I have found that focusing is pretty rock solid even under fairly dim lighting. It may hunt for a minute through the range, but it's so fast in going from infinity to the minimum focusing distance that it doesn't take long to lock on.
  16. It seems

    as fast if not faster than my 18-70 which is already considered a speed demon.
  17. I currently have a D80, the 18-135 kit lens, and a Tokina 12-24. I want to add a VR tele to the mix, and have been agonizing between the 18-200 VR and the 70-300 VR. If I got the 18-200 I would sell the 18-135.

    But hey, the 18-135 I think has at least as good IQ as the 18-200 (maybe better, from reports I have seen), and the 18-200 is pretty darn unobtainable except for at prices around $900. I don't think it's worth that much.

    After looking at these 70-300 VR images, I think I will get that one instead. It's available, it's about 1/2 the price, and has better IQ. I'd have 12-300mm covered with three nicely overlapping lenses. The only thing I would be missing is VR below 70mm, but I'm pretty much a daylight photographer, and I have a good tripod, and most of the time I can do a good job of handholding below 70mm at ISO 100 in good light anyway. The 70-300 VR looks to me like the way I should go.

    Thanks for sharing these fine images with us!
  18. littlewing6283


    Jun 7, 2006
    wow this would be a goodie when I dont want to shoot w/ my 80-200 f2.8
  19. michaelnel, I don't think you could go wrong with either the 18-200 or 70-300 as these are both fine optics. Considering you already have the 18-135 which is quite similar in IQ to the others, I think the 70-300 VR would be a good option (though the 18-200 is fantastic and you could leave it on all the time which is a big plus). I currently have the 18-70 DX and of course the 70-300 VR and let me tell you, my lusting has ended, these lenses cover a incredible range and leave nothing to be desired. I am like you in that I only shoot daylight and I have never found the need to have a faster lens (apeture wise) or VR in the 18-70 range, however I believe VR is a must from 200-300mm. Please let me know if you would like to post any other samples from this lens.
  20. Yes please, I would love to see some more samples from the 70-300 VR.
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