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Opinions please: 70-300VR on a D3

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Luckynp, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. Here is my problem: I have a D3 with 14-24 2.8, 35-70 2.8, 70-200 VR and 300mm F4, and I am extremely happy with all of them.

    BUT I am a 65 year old short fat guy with a bit of a heart condition and like to go away for short photographic trips to various European destinations. Next month, Copenhagen.

    I will take the D3, the 35-70 and perhaps the 14-24. There is no way I could contemplate carrying the 70-200VR as well. But I miss the reach of a longer lens. I like to shoot candids and some architectural detail.

    I have briefly considered a Tamron 28-300, but I am being drawn more and more to the 70-300VR.

    So my question is: would the 70-300 VR be a total quality mis-match on a D3 or will it solve this problem for me?
  2. soulman

    soulman Guest

    You'll want to stop down to F8 at over 200mm for good results so will need a lot of light but it gives good IQ on my D700 so I wouldn't worry too much....
  3. I think it is a good lens and works well on the D700 when I want/need to travel light... Here are a few samples.
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  4. 70-300VR is a great choice for the traveler

    Given your stated reasons, the 70-300VR would work nicely for you. It is significantly lighter and smaller than the 70-200VR and, of course, adds 100mm of length on your D3. As much as I love my 70-200VR, I'm actually thinking of selling it in favor of my 70-300VR when all things are considered.

    I would disagree with the above that the lens needs to be shot at F8 beyond 200mm for good results. Here are some recent pics (action shots, no less) taken at or near wide open from my D700/70-300VR combo:

    300mm f5.6:
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    200mm f5.6:
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    185mm f5:
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    300mm f5.6:
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  5. soulman

    soulman Guest

    jonlee - each to his own I would say....

    Personally if I can avoid below F8 at over 200mm, something not always possible in the UK, then I do. I've found the edges in particular to deteriorate significantly below that number, the centre is less of an issue but still doesn't satisfy me on my D700.
  6. adaml


    Feb 21, 2006
    I'm a fan of the 70-300mm VR. It's not the 70-200mm VR as far as durability, speed, and weight are concerned. But for travel shooting, with good technique the IQ will rival the 70-200 IMO.
  7. I think that the 70-300 is a good choice.

    I use it on my D700 and get great images. I have the 70-200 and 80-400 but when trying to travel light I take the 70-300
  8. This is all very encouraging guys. Many thanks.
  9. PWPhoto


    Jul 21, 2006
    San Diego
    I think I will be using this on a trip as well soon on my D700....
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