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Fingerstyle78
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · best value 300mm for D600


I just want something reasonably sharp that doesn't cost a fortune. I can't afford a 2.8 right now. I primarily use a Samyang 14mm for landscape and aurora. This will be for wildlife though and mostly used at 300mm. I'm not opposed to a 300mm prime or even a manual focus. I just want an affordable sharp lens.





Jun 25, 2013 at 02:24 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · best value 300mm for D600


I use the Nikkor 300mm 4.5 EDIF AIS Manual focus lens. It is wonderfully sharp wide open and a real bargain at usually less than $300


Jun 25, 2013 at 02:40 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · best value 300mm for D600


300/4 AF Nikkor. It's a 25 year-old design, but good enough for most purposes.

EBH



Jun 25, 2013 at 02:50 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · best value 300mm for D600


What's "affordable"? How about the 300 f4?


Jun 25, 2013 at 03:00 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · best value 300mm for D600


less than $300 is affordable right now



Jun 25, 2013 at 03:06 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · best value 300mm for D600


70-300VR


Jun 25, 2013 at 03:42 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · best value 300mm for D600


Less than $300 means your best bet is a used 70-300 VR or Tamron 70-300 VC


Jun 25, 2013 at 03:59 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · best value 300mm for D600


Tamron 70-300 for $349 after rebate.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/728343-REG/Tamron_AFA005NII700_SP_70_300mm_f_4_5_6_Di.html




Jun 25, 2013 at 05:01 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · best value 300mm for D600


how sharp is that Tamron at 300 compared to the Nikon 70-300 VR? A majority of my shooting will be done at 300.


Jun 25, 2013 at 06:23 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · best value 300mm for D600


Tokina AF 300 f4 ATX or the already mentioned Nikon AF 300 F4


Jun 25, 2013 at 07:15 AM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · best value 300mm for D600


EB-1 wrote:
300/4 AF Nikkor. It's a 25 year-old design, but good enough for most purposes.

EBH


+1

These show up for around $400 from time to time. At under $300, you'd be hard pressed to find anything spectacular at 300mm.



Jun 25, 2013 at 04:57 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · best value 300mm for D600


DontShoot wrote:
70-300VR


+1



Jun 25, 2013 at 05:00 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · best value 300mm for D600


Yep. Best value means quality per dollar spent.
Hard to beat the 70-300mm vr for that, especially if you find a nice used copy.

Then the incremental increases start costing exponentially more.



Jun 25, 2013 at 05:10 PM
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Fingerstyle78 wrote:
how sharp is that Tamron at 300 compared to the Nikon 70-300 VR? A majority of my shooting will be done at 300.


At 300mm I found the Tamron to be a tad sharper than the Nikon.



Jun 25, 2013 at 05:46 PM
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hijazist wrote:
At 300mm I found the Tamron to be a tad sharper than the Nikon.


I agree with that. I have owned both and ended up selling the Nikon. Both can't be beat for the money and I just think the Tamron is a little sharper at 300mm.

Steve



Jun 25, 2013 at 05:54 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · best value 300mm for D600


300mm F4 AFS is the choice.if you think about budget,300mm f4.5 IFED MF is the perfect choice.


Jun 25, 2013 at 07:27 PM
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300 MM f4 is a very good lens, but without VR, it requires a very steady hand or a tripod. The Tamron 70-300VC is actually a tad sharper than the nikon 70-300VR. It requires a bit of pixel peeping to actually see, though. Their is no really easy way to tell the 70-300 Nikon from the Tamron for me. I have both and they are so close as to be indistinguishable from each other.




Jun 25, 2013 at 10:09 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · best value 300mm for D600


If you have a body that supports non-CPU lenses, an old AIS Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 EDIF and a modded TC-16a to do some supportive AF may be a nice combo in your price range. I got my 300/4.5 for dirt cheap and with the TC it is a pretty long lens on FX, even longer on DX. Not fast AF but great optics at a bargain price. the 70-300mm VR is a little sharper but not at 300mm.








Jun 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · best value 300mm for D600


Thanks for the input. I've checked out the Tamron at the local store. I guess they have really stepped it up over the past 10 years because that's the last time I saw/held one. It felt nothing like this 70-300 VC though. I'm considering it, which previously wouldn't have without the input here, so thanks.

Here's a little more information.
I mostly shoot from a tripod.
The zoom would be handy for zooming out to get landscapes.
Manual focus is OK, AF would be nice.

I was really disappointed on my trip down into the Ahtna regioin in Alaska last weekend. I came across a herd of Bison along the Alskan Range that was just an epic sight. Perfect light, snowy mountain backdrop, brilliant summer weather and colors in the valley etc. I also saw about 20 moose throughout as well as a bear and the supermoon at dusk with a sunset backdrop.

However, I sold my D7000 and ordered a D600 last week. So I had no camera and missed all those shots on the way to spend the weekend salmon fishing on the Klahtina. My new camera should be here Thursday but I still have to decide on a new lens by this Friday when I go back down. As I said all I have currently is the Samynag 14mm 2.8 which is perfect for landscapes. Are there no Sigma's that fit the bill? I've always preferred them over Tamron and have had good luck in the past with their 50mm.



Jun 25, 2013 at 10:34 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · best value 300mm for D600


OK, now just a minute...

You just bought a D600 and are now concerned about getting an "affordable" 300mm for $300? You just did it backwards. But, it can be corrected. If you want stellar wildlife with that camera, you NEED at least the Nikon 300mm AF-S f/4.0 with a 1.4 or 1.7 tc. Especially if you live in Alaska. Because it has a nicely positioned collar which you can replace with a Kirk or Really Right Stuff one for oh... $135 to $210 or so. For rock solid tripod mounted shots. So, for a measly $1,100 (used) you will get some truly stellar wildlife photos... So, get out the wallet opener and do it right! It's all you need...



Jun 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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