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A go-to zoom for daylight news, sports photography

PostedMay 26, 2013
RTH
Age 45-54
Favorite Subject Sports
Nikon Family 21+ years
Experience More than a year
Role Professional photographer
This is the best telephoto Nikon makes for general shooting. Yes, the f2.8 zooms are better for indoor, low light work, but with higher ISOs of the current generation of digital cameras, the 70-300 can be used with good results if the light is reasonably good.
The VR works great, no need for a tripod. It's a little soft wide open at 300, but in the 70-200 range, it's great at any f-stop. The weight is reasonable for a lens of this type, and the color rendition and bokeh are great.
I've used a refurb version of this lens on DX cameras for more than two years for newspaper work, mostly for outdoor sports. I have been rarely disappointed with the results.
This is a faster focusing lens than the 55-200 VR, and a lighter and more versatile lens than the 80-200 f2.8 zoom for general use. In terms of price and performance, it's smack dab in the middle of these two, and well worth checking out,
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5 / 5

An all around travel lens

PostedJune 21, 2011
Santei
Location Santa Fe, NM
Age 18-24
Favorite Subject Travel
Nikon Family 2-5 years
Experience More than a year
Role Semi-professional photographer
GOOD FOR: Travel, all around lens, portraits.
BAD FOR: Sports, nightlife, macro.
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Despite its weight, the 70-300mm can become your new all around lens for an enthusiast. It is not a fast lens but it copes extremely well with low light conditions even without a tripod. This is achieved by the VR and its Active mode.
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Especially for travel photography where you encounter shooting portraits, landscape, wildlife as well as some motion or action shots, you will discover that the 70-300mm is well built, has a nice contrast and a strong performance in all of those areas.
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The bokeh ranges from amazing and very creamy to very well for most of its upper range. Compared to my 55mm/1.4G I would say the quality and sharpness of the pictures is very similar. This comparison is however only possible if you don't mind standing 7 feet from your subject.
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The main disadvantages I have seen photographers complain about are: weight, low-light abilities, and noise during focus.
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WEIGHT: As I said before, the weight signifies the extreme built of the lens which I prefer over the weight even for an all around lens. It does get tiring especially if you want to check your images and do some retouching in camera because holding the body with this lens will become more and more awkward and uncomfortable, but for the quality I am willing to sacrifice the ultra light lenses that will not perform better that the 70-300mm.
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LOW-LIGHT: The 70-300mm is not the best competitor in low-light photography but it hangs in there with its super fast auto focus, VR, and Active mode. I found that I leave the Active mode on for most of my shooting unless I am using a tripod on which I usually turn of the VR as well. It does help tremendously with low-light images because you can shoot at higher ISO and still maintain noise free pictures with good, natural contrast. The 70-300mm does better with evening landscapes and natural light than with indoor and party shots which, I suppose, only a few would choose to shoot with the 70-300mm.
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NOISE DURING FOCUS: I cannot imagine that someone is actually bothered by the noise the lens makes during focusing. Unless you shoot at places where photography is prohibited I don't see the appeal for absolute noise free lens. Also, if you do shoot at those places, I hope you would not be looking into a 300mm zoom lens. I find the noise noticeable but not quite distracting. Plus, the lens focuses fast and very accurately, so again, I cannot complain because the ultimate quality is my preference over the noise during focusing.
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CONCLUSION: Yes, I said "yes" to all the major complaints with this lens but I hope I have also showed how those complaints can be ignored or not taken seriously for the type of photography one wants to do with the 70-300mm. Overall, it is a very well made lens that won't let you down in any situation if you understand in which areas it is built to perform the best. Of course I wouldn't recommend it for sports or nightlife photography, but the 70-300mm does not advertise itself as so, so I don't see any reason why you would even be looking at 70-300mm with max. A at 4.5 if you need to nail these shots.
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Good luck!
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