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    Amateur long lenses (70-300mm ish)

    Looking at adding a long lens to my 18-55mm to give me some more zoomage on my D50.

    Not looking at spending silly money, and after looking at reviews, i've narrowed it down to the following:

    Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens
    Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED Lens

    Between them, there is very little in image quality from the reviews i've read, both are similar pricing. The only thing I can see is the Sigma having the "Macro" mode, which is only 1:2, but still a lot better at macro than my 18-55 kit lens.

    Anyone used any of the above lenses or have any images taken with them?

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    I have the 70-300, tis good enough for me but i am very amateur, so don't have naything aside my 18-55 to compare it to.

    Obviously it's not amazing but you can get some nice pictures with it.

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    Sigma!

    The Nikon is consistently "meh"
    The Sigma has the occasional winner - some copies are really rather nifty!

    The macro mode is also handy

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    Just got prices, Sigma comes in at £120, Nikon at £190.

    So, I think Sigma is taking the lead atm. Plus that gives me £70 to add to savings for another lens/flash/tripod!

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    £190? Is that for the ED version?

    The ED glass doesn't make a huge difference... the non-ED one is much cheaper. Still recommend the Sigma though

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    Yeah, £190 for the ED version, thats import though :S

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    Sorry. I meant I had the Sigma...

    £190?

    I paid £60 for mine :S

    I'll go take some shots of outside at 70 and at 300 in the sun for you, back in a few.
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    Any chance you could let me know hwere you got your Sigma 70-300mm from?

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    http://www.mozzers.com/dump/-Photogr...70-300%20Test/

    Bought it from my brother, but i'm sure he didn't pay much more for it.

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    Thanks for those, looks to be a pretty sharp lens. Might have ot invest in one when the student loan comes through

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    please dont buy the sigma through an import.

    they have very very dodgy quality control, mine is very sharp for an amateur lens, but many arent. take the risk if you like but i'd pay £160 in the uk and be happy with getting a sharp one.

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    Great thread, been thinking about getting a longer lens. You all read my mind.

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    Couldn't resist any longer!

    Ordered the Sigma 70-300mm APO lens this morning, and got the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 prime too, as they were only £60!

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    lol, good stuff

    fingers crossed here for you getting a sharp one

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    Quote Originally Posted by gobbo
    Couldn't resist any longer!

    Ordered the Sigma 70-300mm APO lens this morning, and got the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 prime too, as they were only £60!

    Where did you order it from if you don't mind me asking?

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    Bought them from www.onestop-digital.com

    got the Sigma for £120 and the Nikon for £60. They are an import company (from Hong Kong) so I was in two minds about ordering based on noah's post about quality control, but I took the plunge and ordered it.

    Just gotta hope it's a decent one now!

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