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j_ross23
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p.1 #1 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


Hi,

I will be leaving on a trip soon where I need a wildlife lens for landscapes (Need a telephoto) and for wildlife. I have been trying to find a lens under 600 dollars used and I am having a hard time finding one. My options at this point are:

Nikon 70-300 4.5-5.6
Tamron 200-400 5.6

I was wondering if there are any better options? I am iffy about the 200-400 but that focal range works well for me but I've heard negative things about the 200-400. I will have plenty of light because I will be shooting outdoors. Any suggestions? I am fine with primes and manual focus.



Jun 10, 2013 at 10:08 PM
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p.1 #2 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


I shoot on a Nikon D7000


Jun 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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p.1 #3 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


If it's once in a life trip? maybe consider renting a nice lens, and maybe buy down the road.


Jun 10, 2013 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #4 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


The Nikon 70-300 VR & Tamron70-300 VC are the best 'budget' lenses for wildlife albeit only with good light. If you are willing to spend $850-950 then go for a used 300 F/4 AF-S, it's an amazing lens and takes TCs gracefully


Jun 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM
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p.1 #5 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


The Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AFS VR is an excellent lens that can be had for about $300-350ish used on this very site (see the buy & sell board). It's compact enough to comfortably stow in a bag, and light enough that I didn't mind carrying it hiking all over Yosemite with my old D90. Fast to focus, and sharp on DX and FX bodies!

I have no experience with the Tamron 200-400.

Happy shooting!



Jun 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM
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p.1 #6 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


Thank you for all the replies! It looks like I am going to be purchasing the 70-300 G


Jun 11, 2013 at 12:37 AM
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p.1 #7 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


I have owned both the Nikon 70-300VR and the Tamron 70-300VC. I compared both of them head to head and found that the Tamron was sharper especially at 300mm. I sold the Nikon and still have the Tamron. The Tamron is less and I would take a serious look at it.


Steve



Jun 11, 2013 at 01:39 AM
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p.1 #8 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


If you have the budget, then I'd go for the AF-S 300 f/4. It is a very sharp lens wide open, and takes the 1.4TC very well (with almost no loss in IQ).

Perhaps even rent the combo for the trip (300/4 + 1.4TC)?



Jun 11, 2013 at 02:03 AM
 

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p.1 #9 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


I have the Tammy 70-300mm vc and it is, in my opinion, the best budget model zoom lens in that price range.. I also liked it better than the nikon version and still use mine all the time even though i have a new 70-200mm VR2.. I have 2 years of shooting kiddo's sports, zoo shots, local wildlife... etc and it has always performed great.. if you look around you can get one for $350 right now with rebate.. ( i got my rebate back in about 3 weeks FYI )

good luck



Jun 11, 2013 at 02:09 AM
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p.1 #10 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


I'll definitely be doing some research on the Tamron 70-300. I've heard some people rave about it, and have heard it is better than the Nikon 70-300 which normally isn't the case.

Thank you for suggesting the Tamron 70-300, I'll definitely do some more research on it.



Jun 11, 2013 at 04:35 AM
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p.1 #11 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


I love my tamron 70-300. I believe it is a little bit slower than the nikon but overall better.

Not bad for a newbie?


Florida by NickyB210, on Flickr

Shooting through a fence at the zoo.

Florida by NickyB210, on Flickr



Jun 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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p.1 #12 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


Other companies such as Sigma, Zeiss, and Tamron are certainly able to make great lenses. It's no surprise to me that sometimes they come up with one that outperforms the Nikon.


Kent in SD



Jun 11, 2013 at 01:19 PM
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p.1 #13 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


My vote goes to the Tamron 70-300. Or if you can afford it, the 300 f/4 AF-S


Jun 11, 2013 at 01:51 PM
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p.1 #14 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


Tammy 70-300VC, and rent a really nice 400 or 500.


Jun 12, 2013 at 04:11 AM
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p.1 #15 · Need help with Deciding Budget Wildlife Lens


The 28-300 might add a little more versatility since I only see a 50mm lens in your profile.


Jun 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM





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