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Can someone give me their overall impression of the 50 – 300 F4.5 zoom?
The ED is the best choice for event photograpy on a tripod or monopod, or to travel by car and take well framed pictures at scenic stops; it is sharp and contrasty at all apertures and works well on the D800, It works well with converters on a monopod and a sunny day closed to f/8, I have never used the non ED ones. With scope converters you only use the center portion of the image and a 100-300 5.6 or the non ED 50-300 mm may be good enough for a lot less money. the ED is excellent on the short end and outstanding at the 300mm setting, it also maitains focus as you zoom. The focus and zoom rings are very smooth, the whole front rotates as you focus, but zooming is internal.
Personally I love using it for the right occassions and have no problem focusing this lens on the D800 at full aperture, even on slow moving targets. I will be using it this 4th of July at the Fair to photograph a dance group and for fireworks on San Diego Bay.
Nikon Nikkor 50-300mm 4.5 ais D800 San Diego Bay Fireworks 7 4 2012 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
LPD 20 arriving _010_San Diego by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikon nikkor 50-300 ed ais san diego coronado world dance festival China d800 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
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