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Some reviews about the new Nikon 70300 VR

dirk

CI-Founder
Hi

since I am in the buying decision for a telezoom, I was considering the 80-200/2.8, 70-200/2.8 VR and the new 70-300 VR.

Since the latter one is pretty new, it is hard to finde real life information about it. So I surfed and collected some interesting links with reports about & images made with the the 70-300 VR.

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(which is the most critical one with that lens)

Although the last link points out some disadvanteges, it seems that this new telezoom is a really good value for the money. Significant better then its predecessors.

Unfortunately I have not seen yet any comparison with the Nikon 80-200/2.8 and/or 70-200 VR.

If you find something on the net about it, please post here...
 

walterfr

Member
Hello Dirk

There is nothing comparable about the features from a 70-200 VR 2.8; even the new Nikon 70-300 it is only something for "hobby shooters" (sorry guys). If you are looking for something real - pls. take the 70-200 VR 2.8 and you are happy about your purchase.

kind regards from Paris ( no - not Paris Hilton)

Walter
 

gjames52

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Dirk:

The images from Clint Thayer's website using the 70mm 300mm VR convinces me that it is a lens I would reach for. I'd say some Contax shooters would be happy with the results too, including me. He stated that made a photograph at 300 mm at 1/13 of a second. VR would a welcome feature on my cameras.

If you occasionally photograph birds a 300 mm lens will provide a larger image, it is also lighter, responsive, somewhat compact, and for the money I don't think you can go wrong. Actually, the reduced weight you wouldn't mind carry the 24 mm 120 mm VR I mentioned. Perhaps for the price you could get 2 for 1.


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Gilbert
 

dirk

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I agree, but still it can be theoretically on par with a 70-200 VR since lens design is easier to make for zooms with apertures of 3.5-5.6

The only downside in lens design is, that it is 300mm and not 200mm. This makes the lens design again more difficult.

But I had already the "wow" effect with Contax Zeiss N zooms, with which the lighter one (more for the hobby photographers) N70-200 was actually better than the Zeiss N70-300. So as long as I do not see comparisons, I do not believe anymore the marketing departments of the producers


As far as I have read reviews, the 70-200VR is for ex&le not better in image quality than the "older" Nikon 80-200/2.8 D ED, but costs over 40% more.

So if you do not need the VR, you get the same image quality cheaper and save weight too (1.4KG vs. 1.3KG)
 

dirk

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Zeiss should offer the N70-200/3.5-4.5 without AF for Nikon mount. As a ZF lens. This would give Nikon 70-200 VR users a run for the money...
 

gjames52

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Dirk:

Certainly it would. On the other side of that issue, after Zeiss announced the ZF and other lenses. I wrote Zeiss and told them that I was disappointed in that I did not see anything about being able to add any lenses to my Contax, G or Contax N collection...I also mentioned that I felt they should show some loyalty to their customers.

I received a kind reply from Mr. Mueller stating that Kyocera had some proprietary aspects of the auto focus system so they could not make the lenses.

Good Luck:

Gilbert
 

don_c

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I got my 70mm-300mm last week and I love it. I use it a lot for taking wildlife shots when I am out working and it really does do a great job of reaching out there and bringing the subjects in for me.
 

gjames52

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Gentlemen:

My wife has been using her 70-300 VR and 24-120mm VR for a number of months and is very happy with them. I find they focus very fast and the VR is just outstanding. I was amazed how well it works, especially with the 70-300. I wish I had is on all of my lenses. I must confess I cannot hold my N body 70-300 as steady. I experimented with both 70-300 lenses focusing on the door jam spacing on an automobile, the VR really impressed me.

Regards:

Gilbert
 
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