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I think the 70-300mm is a better piece of glass. I'd say get the 70-300mm AF-D instead cause it's $100, but you have a D5000
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post #7952 of 29551
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Originally Posted by theCanadian View Post
What lenses do you already have?

From what I hear, large zoom lenses are not the way to go. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the 75mm-300mm lens that I recently purchased was quite sharp.

But since it does cover such a wide focal range, focusing is touchy and harder to get precise (Mine is a manual focus). Your camera may or may not have the same difficulty.

I think the 55-200 would be better. But then again, I have no feel for the world of digital cameras.
I currently have the 18-55 VR. From what I've read, the 70-300 VR is slightly sharper than the 55-200 VR, and it has much sturdier construction.

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I think the 70-300mm is a better piece of glass. I'd say get the 70-300mm AF-D instead cause it's $100, but you have a D5000
Even if I could go with the AF-D version, I think I'd still go for the VR because I have reasonably shaky hands, so it would really limit me to higher shutter speeds.
post #7953 of 29551
The 70-300 is a whole different lens. Different optical formula, the works.
I have one and it performs beautifully on my D3 as well as my D300. highly recommended.
    
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Just went to B&H. It's awesome!

There's so much camera stuff there and I tried out a couple of lenses. And I got a 24-70mm coming in the mail now.
Edited by Marin - 8/8/10 at 2:04pm
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The 70-300 VR is pretty good for a tele zoom that doesn't cost too much.
    
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Forgot to indicate VR as in 70-300 VR in my post above. 2 ED elements, plus different optical formula that makes a difference in IQ. more $$ but if u can hack it go for it.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Marin View Post
Just went to B&H. It's awesome!

There's so much camera stuff there and I tried out a couple of lenses. And I got a 24-70mm coming in the mail now.
I wanted to go to B&H when I was in NYC a few weeks ago (as did my dad), but mom and the sister wouldn't stand for it.

On another note, I just pulled the trigger on a refurb 70-300 VR ($400 from Adorama) and an 8 gig SD card. I decided not to go for 3-day shipping, as I figure that I live close enough to New York that even if it ships on Wednesday, I should still get it by Monday with the $6 2-4 day shipping option. And if it arrives after I leave to go back to Cleveland, I'm sure the parents won't mind forwarding the box to my dorm.
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Later this month i'll hopefully be going to a music festival with a family friend who is a press photographer. I'm going to take my D5000 along and see what I can make of it.

I have a 55-200 but I was looking at renting a Lens for the day, any suggestions? Or if not, what kind of focal length should i be looking at? I'd be in the press pit which is between the crowd and the stage (not the best place to be standing concerning projectiles, lol). I've honestly got no idea what kind of lens a pro would use, because it's not quite sports photography :s
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What type of concert? If it was a metal festival, I'd just go with the 55-200 in case you get hit with something...
post #7960 of 29551
haha, it's a mixed bag. Mostly Indie / Rock i'd say though. If anyone's interested it's Leeds Festival.

http://www.leedsfestival.com/lineup/index.aspx
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