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    Default Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-P VR

    Having received a small bonus payment and after sharing it with the wife, I have developed a bit of an itch and are looking at a 70-300mm option
    This lens in the form of the previous models never really attracted me despite the lower cost of ownership but this newer version seems very attractive, lightweight, quick focusing and maybe another winner in the same mould as the 200-500mm

    I came across this article by Thom Hogan and it seems he quiet likes this lens and it seems he even rates it on par with the expensive 80-400mm through the same focal distance.

    Anyone own or used the lens on the newer DX or FX cameras?
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    Out of interest, what does it cost Bertie?

    Another cheap and little known of lens is the Sigma 70-300. There are two versions, a very cheap and nasty one and then an APO version with a really handy close focus function between 200 and 300mm focal length, ideally suited to the type of macro you do.

    It is light and compact and the version I had was tack sharp at F8. Slow focussing though and the front rotates when doing so. Last I looked they were about R3500, bargain of the century.

    I remember having a tiff on some forum years ago, when I posted some soccer pics, where the knowitalls did not believe the pics were shot with such a lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Out of interest, what does it cost Bertie?
    I see ODP has it listed for about 11k added UV filter.
    Its the new version lens with the fast stepping motor with VR

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    Thom Hogans summary of the Nikon versions:

    "So, to be clear, here are the five 70-300mm lenses Nikon currently sells:

    1. 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR (US$500) covers DX/FX (model 2161)
    2. 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G (US$173) covers DX/FX (model 192
    3. 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G AF-P (US$350) covers DX (model 20061)
    4. 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G AF-P VR (US$400) covers DX (model 20062)
    5. 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E AF-P VR (US$750) covers DX/FX (model 2006

    I don't usually put buying recommendations in the first part of my reviews, but the complexity Nikon has introduced here has forced me to deal with that:

    • Do not buy #2 or #3. No VR in a telephoto lens is a mistake. Plus #2 is seriously not capable of handling the latest DSLRs.
    • If you own a camera not in the AF-P compatibility list above, your best choice is #1. It might prove satisfactory with your current older DSLR—particularly 6mp and 12mp ones—but isn't going to grow with you if you buy a new DSLR.
    • And as I noted above, buy #4 if you have a compatible DX body and aren't likely to move to FX any time soon.

    Anyone left? ;~)
    I hope so, because this is a very good lens. "

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    I have the AF-S version of this lens and have been using it for almost 12 years now on my D80. I paid around R4k for it then, but it is an awesome general purpose lens. It costs around R4k now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munnika View Post
    I have the AF-S version of this lens and have been using it for almost 12 years now on my D80. I paid around R4k for it then, but it is an awesome general purpose lens. It costs around R4k now.
    Sorry I meant to say it costs around R8k now.

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    Default Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-P VR

    I have the old fx vr version (nr1) and new dx af-p version (nr4).

    I got the dx af-p vr one as a light travel option with the d500, also of Thoms recommendation. Really small & light.
    Got refurbished version from b&h for around 200usd incl shipping. Only had it for about a month -focus is so earily silent that you think doesnt work when you do back button focus. I was so impressed with this one, that I also ordered the af-p 18-55mm vr version used.

    My old af-s fx one is now for sale. Very sharp 70-135mm wide open, but not so great at 300mm under f11. Lens was good on lower mp bodies Bertie’s old 70-200 vr-i with a 1.4x replaced it on my D610 for that range and then f4 vs f5.6. Had 200-500 on D500 as main body & d610 combo as 2nd for recent Etosha trip and worked very well.

    Thoms review of dx af-p vr
    http://www.dslrbodies.com/lenses/nik...5-63-af-p.html

    Nasims review of fx af-p vr
    https://photographylife.com/reviews/...-300mm-vr-af-p
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    Default Re: Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-P VR

    Quote Originally Posted by BennvdmWhk View Post
    Thx Bennie, I completely forgot that Nasim did a review

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    At 8k new for old af-s version & upgrades with new af-p one, @ 11k does not seem to be priced badly
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    Default Re: Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-P VR

    Fotosiscountworld, I’ve bought a fair amount from them, speak to Renier.

    https://www.fotodiscountworld.co.za/shop/nikon-70-300mm-f4-5-5-6e-af-p-vr-ed-lens-free-delivery/

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    Oom Bertie

    Those bird pics we posted were shot with the number 2 option on the D750. (The cheap Chinese one, cost about R1300 new). We borrowed from a friend, the af only works on the D7### series and up and not on the 5### and below, we tried it on the D5200 too. It is extremely light and very plastic. The af is very slow and it missed a few times.

    The new VR I hear is great though, as I read on the Ken Rockwell reviews even tipping it above the older 80-400s as its smaller, lighter and faster.

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    Default Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-P VR

    Gifmonster, maybe phone them about this one used. Picture is for option 1, but description does not state VR. If for VR version, not a bad buy as tends to go for around 4.5k used.

    VR & cheapie d version does not look that unsharp on Fx D750, but most people use on Dx as per d500 in 1st column. Vr1 on d750 is col 2 & d cheapie col 3 on d750. Somehow appear to do better on fx than dx per dxomark measured sharpness tab. I do not trust their subjective overall scores, but detailed actual measurements do not appear to far off most of the time, so take with pince of salt.

    Strangly the 70-200 f2.8 vr1 shows similar trend that sharper on fx than dx per dxo. I will have to compare myself, as mostly used telephoto’s on dx bodies, so might be better on fx D610. I always assume use only sharpest centre portion, so fx lens should be even better on dx...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gifmonster View Post
    ......................Oom maak my nou wens ek het ook genoeg geld vir sulke goed
    Onthou alles kom op sy tyd as jy daaraan werk......maar moet net nie roekeloos wees nie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfuwefarmer View Post
    Onthou alles kom op sy tyd as jy daaraan werk......maar moet net nie roekeloos wees nie!
    As jy koop koop reg!
    Dankie oom Bertie, dis moeilik maar ek probeer die 200-500 kom hopelik volgende week van die kaap af op en dan is ons vir eers klaar terwyl ek daai 1.4 E teleconverter soek en Salome n 24 prime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gifmonster View Post
    ...................... 1.4 E teleconverter soek en Salome n 24 prime.

    That converters are maybe a waste of time and although the 200-500 can take one you will definitely loose sharpness and at that distance you would need a decent tripod & head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfuwefarmer View Post
    That converters are maybe a waste of time and although the 200-500 can take one you will definitely loose sharpness and at that distance you would need a decent tripod & head.
    Dankie Oom Bertie

    I understand the image quality drops a bit, did not think it would be that bad, just don't know how to get those small birds far away! Guess I will have to try and get closer.
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