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    Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    Hi All,

    I am going to Borneo on my honeymoon in a couple of weeks and I want a fairly portable, relatively inexpensive telephoto lens to take with me in order to get some nice wildlife shots.

    My Equipment

    Nikon D90
    Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX
    Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
    Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM

    I have been looking at the Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR.

    I'd like to hear from anyone who has any experience with this lens or other similar lenses in this category. Do you think it will be appropriate for what I am going to be using it for? Are there other similar lenses in this price range that may be better?

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Cheers,

    Tom

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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    I had the older non-VR version until my daughter left home and it left too. I really liked the reach and the close focus ability.
    I would recommend it.

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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    Had one from its first release and still find it a great every-day lens capable of outstanding results.

    A friend borrowed it recently to take on a wildlife trip to America and came back with some lovely results - again it was long enough while being light enough to carry every day.

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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    I have it and would recommend it, I am still confident, from personal experience with a Sigma 18-250mm and comments read, that you won't find a better one for the D90.

    I do always use mine at f/8 though, it is a little soft and lacking contrast at f5.6 and f/7.1, but f/8 (or f/11) = sweet.
    Only time I go to f/5.6 is when I'm fairly close to a subject and need less/minimal DoF.

    It is the lens on my D5000 (same sensor as D90), about 80% of the time, and yes, that's for shooting wildlife.

    Enjoy, but don't neglect your (new) wife; photography you can do later in life, but ....

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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    Hi Tommy,

    Here are two examples from this lens,

    Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    It's not the best lens in low light, obviously. But in nice light, it's mint.

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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    It's a nice lens, gets a little heavy on the wrist so support when walking by the barrel and not the camera body. Also, if you let it hang on your neck for very long you will feel the strain.

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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    I have one also and I find it fast focusing.

    I used it mostly for shooting the grandchildren and their sports activities, tennis, baseball.

    For the price it is as good as you will find without spending 2k

    Greg

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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    Many thanks for all of your comments. I think for a fairly lightweight, portable zoom lens that the 70-300mm will be a good option. I will get one and hopefully I will have some great photos to share with you when I get back!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Enjoy, but don't neglect your (new) wife; photography you can do later in life, but ....
    Hahaha! Thanks for the advice!

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    Re: Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    Nikkor 55-300 at 300mm ISO 100 6.3 at 1/1000 about 8 feet away, tripod

    Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

    NOTE** There was about a 5mph breeze blowing and these little fellas blow with the wind, so had to try and time a spot...took six exposures before I got one decent one...it is certianly not stellar, but for manual focus at full 300 mm...not bad.
    Last edited by MiniChris; 12th June 2011 at 11:08 PM.

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