GR, a reader, asks:
a few weeks ago I attended one of your Nikon Workshops in Oakville. It was a great workshop and I took a lot of info home from it.
Now I’m in the market for my first Telephoto Lense and thought you could give me some help what to look for – just keep in mind I can’t afford a 2000$ lens like you prefer. I’m already looking around for a while and found 3 lenses, I would like your oppinion when you find a moment.
The two main reasons I’m looking for a tele lens are: my boys play soccer, and we are going on vacation to Nova Scotia on August 9th.
Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm VR 4.5-5.6G ED
In the online reviews I could find they say it’s a great beginner lens but it looses focus after the 200mm range. same goes for the next one
NIKON AF-S VR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6G IF-ED
NIKON DX VR 55-200 F4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Can you give me some information what’s the difference between those lenses, which one you would recommend and why I should choose one over the other.
If you know off a lense in the same price range that would work better for my purposes, let me know.
Thank you for your help and see you at the NIKON 201 hopefully this fall
I teach and coach privately – cameratraining.ca – and at Vistek Mississauga, and at Sheridan College.
In a word or two:
– The more a lens does, the more it is a compromise.
– The VR feature is important.
So the third lens looks like an option. Not too ambitious; good for outside where you do not necessarily need f/2.8…did you read the recent article on speedlighter.ca? A few days ago? This will help you make the decision, and only you can make it!
(All that said… For travel, I would usually prefer a very wide angle lens.)