Overclock.net › Forums › Consumer Electronics › Photography › Which telephoto?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Which telephoto?

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
I have a nikon d3100 and I am looking for a new lens, I graduate as an electrician in june and my father agreed to buy me a lens.

I have had my eyes on these two:
Sigma 70-300 4-5.6
Nikkor 55-300 mm 4.5-5.6 G ED VR

I really think I would apperciate the macro on the sigma but is it any good? It is also an FX lens and I have a DX camera, does this particular lens work well for DX?
R2
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.2 GHz Asus Rampage Gene IV XFX DD HD7950 Kingston 8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 830 Series Optiarc Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell UltraSharp U2212HM 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2713HM Blackwidow Corsair GS600 Fractal Design Define R2 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Deathadder 3.5G Razer Goliathus Control Asus Xonar Essence STX Senn HD595 
Audio
M-Audio AV40 
  hide details  
Reply
R2
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.2 GHz Asus Rampage Gene IV XFX DD HD7950 Kingston 8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 830 Series Optiarc Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell UltraSharp U2212HM 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2713HM Blackwidow Corsair GS600 Fractal Design Define R2 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Deathadder 3.5G Razer Goliathus Control Asus Xonar Essence STX Senn HD595 
Audio
M-Audio AV40 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 36
What's your budget?

"Macro" label on a zoom lens just means that it can focus a little closer than most. It's nowhere near a dedicated macro lens. Plus, for some Sigma lenses, they added the macro feature at the expense of some IQ.

FX lenses will work on your camera just fine. I would stick with Nikon's entry-level zoom lenses, as they are high quality (the VR versions anyway).

Besides the 55-300, the 55-200 VR and 70-300 VR are also excellent. The 55-300 has the biggest range though.
Brick Sh*thouse
(26 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2520M Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Intel i5 Motherboard 04W2109 Intel HD3000 Crucial 4x2 GB DDR3 PC1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 120GB SSD Nope Itty-Bitty Fans and Heatsinks Windows 10 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 12.5" 1366x768 IPS Lenovo Keyboard Lenovo 90W AC Adapter Lenovo X Series ThinkPad Chassis 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech M510 Desk Conexant 1 Watt Stereo Speakers Lenovo TrackPoint 
Other
Lenovo TouchPad 
  hide details  
Reply
Brick Sh*thouse
(26 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2520M Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Intel i5 Motherboard 04W2109 Intel HD3000 Crucial 4x2 GB DDR3 PC1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 120GB SSD Nope Itty-Bitty Fans and Heatsinks Windows 10 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 12.5" 1366x768 IPS Lenovo Keyboard Lenovo 90W AC Adapter Lenovo X Series ThinkPad Chassis 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech M510 Desk Conexant 1 Watt Stereo Speakers Lenovo TrackPoint 
Other
Lenovo TouchPad 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 36
Also, will you actually be needing the 200-300mm range? If not, then the 55-200 may be better. I actually own the 70-300 and it's pretty decent, I use it for snapping some frisbee games
Swimmer's delight
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k ASUS P6X58D-E 7970 Corsair XM3 6GB 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB|Seagate 700GB Sony Optiarc Black Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell U2711|U2311H|26" Insignia TV 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Corsair 800D R.A.T. 7 Albino Razer Kabuto 
  hide details  
Reply
Swimmer's delight
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k ASUS P6X58D-E 7970 Corsair XM3 6GB 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB|Seagate 700GB Sony Optiarc Black Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell U2711|U2311H|26" Insignia TV 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Corsair 800D R.A.T. 7 Albino Razer Kabuto 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 36
Thread Starter 
I'd rather have the extra range, and since I am not paying for it why not. Still my budget is around 500 EUR, I already read about the nikkor that it's a quite solid product, but I want to know if other brands have something similar.

The macro feature on the sigma is maybe not near the best, but if I want to shoot the occasional ant it would be nice, not crucial though.
R2
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.2 GHz Asus Rampage Gene IV XFX DD HD7950 Kingston 8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 830 Series Optiarc Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell UltraSharp U2212HM 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2713HM Blackwidow Corsair GS600 Fractal Design Define R2 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Deathadder 3.5G Razer Goliathus Control Asus Xonar Essence STX Senn HD595 
Audio
M-Audio AV40 
  hide details  
Reply
R2
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.2 GHz Asus Rampage Gene IV XFX DD HD7950 Kingston 8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 830 Series Optiarc Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell UltraSharp U2212HM 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2713HM Blackwidow Corsair GS600 Fractal Design Define R2 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Deathadder 3.5G Razer Goliathus Control Asus Xonar Essence STX Senn HD595 
Audio
M-Audio AV40 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 36
I have a 55-200 and love it!!! And it's cheap.
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 980X 3003B475* @ 4449.1MHz 1.45V (6C-12T) ASUS Rampage III Extreme - 1208 BIOS CrossFire Asus EAH6970 945MHz/1450MHz 1180 mV* 6GB Corsair Dominator GT 2009MHz / 7-8-7-20 T1 C7* 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
RAID 0* OCZ Vertex 3 120GBX2 (OS)+ 4X 2TB WD Green Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit 30" NEC MultiSync PA301W Filco Majestouch-2 Cherry MX Red 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX1200 1200W 80 Plus Gold 100% Modular Corsair Obsidian 800D Razor Mamba 4G Steelseries SX 
Audio
Bowers & Wilkins PM1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel® Core™ i7-2620M Apple Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Corsair Memory 8GB DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Scorpio Blue (WD10JPVT) 1TB SuperDrive OSX Lion 
  hide details  
Reply
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 980X 3003B475* @ 4449.1MHz 1.45V (6C-12T) ASUS Rampage III Extreme - 1208 BIOS CrossFire Asus EAH6970 945MHz/1450MHz 1180 mV* 6GB Corsair Dominator GT 2009MHz / 7-8-7-20 T1 C7* 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
RAID 0* OCZ Vertex 3 120GBX2 (OS)+ 4X 2TB WD Green Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit 30" NEC MultiSync PA301W Filco Majestouch-2 Cherry MX Red 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX1200 1200W 80 Plus Gold 100% Modular Corsair Obsidian 800D Razor Mamba 4G Steelseries SX 
Audio
Bowers & Wilkins PM1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel® Core™ i7-2620M Apple Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Corsair Memory 8GB DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Scorpio Blue (WD10JPVT) 1TB SuperDrive OSX Lion 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 36
Well if you want to complement your kit lens, 55-300 seems decent. I forgot where, but I read that the 55-300 AF is a little on the slow side o.O I also don't really think the "macro" feature will help you that much, especially with a 70-300 tele.
Swimmer's delight
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k ASUS P6X58D-E 7970 Corsair XM3 6GB 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB|Seagate 700GB Sony Optiarc Black Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell U2711|U2311H|26" Insignia TV 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Corsair 800D R.A.T. 7 Albino Razer Kabuto 
  hide details  
Reply
Swimmer's delight
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k ASUS P6X58D-E 7970 Corsair XM3 6GB 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB|Seagate 700GB Sony Optiarc Black Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell U2711|U2311H|26" Insignia TV 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Corsair 800D R.A.T. 7 Albino Razer Kabuto 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 36
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bfeng91 View Post
Well if you want to complement your kit lens, 55-300 seems decent. I forgot where, but I read that the 55-300 AF is a little on the slow side o.O I also don't really think the "macro" feature will help you that much, especially with a 70-300 tele.
I have read it is a bit slow yes, but I have yet to need a fast lens so I think I would be fine. An I don't think I'll be using the kit lens much anymore, I got the 35mm f/1.8 today
R2
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.2 GHz Asus Rampage Gene IV XFX DD HD7950 Kingston 8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 830 Series Optiarc Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell UltraSharp U2212HM 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2713HM Blackwidow Corsair GS600 Fractal Design Define R2 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Deathadder 3.5G Razer Goliathus Control Asus Xonar Essence STX Senn HD595 
Audio
M-Audio AV40 
  hide details  
Reply
R2
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.2 GHz Asus Rampage Gene IV XFX DD HD7950 Kingston 8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 830 Series Optiarc Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell UltraSharp U2212HM 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2713HM Blackwidow Corsair GS600 Fractal Design Define R2 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Deathadder 3.5G Razer Goliathus Control Asus Xonar Essence STX Senn HD595 
Audio
M-Audio AV40 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by kga92 View Post
I have read it is a bit slow yes, but I have yet to need a fast lens so I think I would be fine. An I don't think I'll be using the kit lens much anymore, I got the 35mm f/1.8 today
Thats a nice lens. just got myself one of those as well

eventually need to get myself a good tele lens too......

As for macro i have my AF 50mm 1.8 with BR2A+BR-3
post #9 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by kga92 View Post
I have read it is a bit slow yes, but I have yet to need a fast lens so I think I would be fine. An I don't think I'll be using the kit lens much anymore, I got the 35mm f/1.8 today
Ah my favorite lens... Yeah all I end up using are the 35 f/1.8 and the 70-300 VR
Swimmer's delight
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k ASUS P6X58D-E 7970 Corsair XM3 6GB 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB|Seagate 700GB Sony Optiarc Black Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell U2711|U2311H|26" Insignia TV 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Corsair 800D R.A.T. 7 Albino Razer Kabuto 
  hide details  
Reply
Swimmer's delight
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k ASUS P6X58D-E 7970 Corsair XM3 6GB 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB|Seagate 700GB Sony Optiarc Black Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell U2711|U2311H|26" Insignia TV 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Corsair 800D R.A.T. 7 Albino Razer Kabuto 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 36
You guys... do know what "fast" and "slow" refer to when talking about lenses.... right?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Photography
Overclock.net › Forums › Consumer Electronics › Photography › Which telephoto?