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Old 06-12-12
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Question Nikon Lens Guidance

Hi,
Need a little help/guidance with what to do.
I recently inherited a Nikon D300 and D40 with the following lenses:
18-55 Kit Lens
Tamron SP AF28-300/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro - I guess this is also a good choice for portraits too being 90mm?
Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF - VERY Heavy old lens
Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 - Looking forward to getting to use this out in the countryside!

I'm wondering if I should sell the D40 with 18-55 Kit Lens, Nikon 80-200, Nikon 70-300 and Tamron 28-300 to get some money towards a Nikon 18-200mm VR II or Nikon 18-300mm VR to cover the full range.
I've read really good reviews about the old 80-200 f2.8 but no VR I think is going to limit it to mono/tripod use.

I thought about selling my 400D with 18-55 IS II and 55-250 IS II... its all in excellent condition and really well looked after ... but then, that would probably raise the rest of the money to buy the 18-200mm or 18-300mm with some change too.

Oh what to do?!

I've always used Canon and this D300 is VERY different to use to my Canon. Maybe I'm just so familiar with my 400D after, what 5 or 6 years now, thats its second nature. The D300 doesnt seem to have such a logical button and menu layout, but is clearly a superior body in many ways!
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Old 07-12-12
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Re: Nikon Lens Guidance

Quite honestly I would do nothing until you've had the chance to use it for a while to see if it really does suit you. Of course it's theoretically "better" than your 400D but that counts for nothing if the handling doesn't suit you so well. If that turns out to be the case, you might as well sell all the Nikon kit, unless it has particular sentimental value.

Assuming you successfully adapt to it, I would keep the D40 as back-up. The 18-200mm is unlikely to be up to much and I would be inclined to stick with the 18-55mm, 150-500mm and either the 80-200mm or 70-300mm. This will give you pretty much full coverage of the range. Which of the Nikon tele-zooms you decide to keep depends on how they perform and handle. Shoot some comparison shots to assess image quality. Of course, if the 80-200m proves too much of a handful then it's decision made anyway, but it does have the attraction of being a fast lens. Sell which ever one of these you reject plus the Tamron 28-300mm. Put the proceeds in the bank or maybe invest in a nifty fifty if you want a fast lens.
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Re: Nikon Lens Guidance

Hi John, what about selling everything and starting all over again with a D600 which is a super new full frame camera that suits fantastic for landscape and big prints and starting with two new outstanding lenses? I will sugest the extraordinary 16-35mm and the new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4 ED VR or the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR . I know that is a lot of money but...big quality for many years in advance. In betwen those two lenses you could use any 50mm that are very cheap. I find very useful to go to http://kenrockwell.com/ and find all the info you want or need about nikon.
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Re: Nikon Lens Guidance

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Hi John, what about selling everything and starting all over again with a D600 which is a super new full frame camera that suits fantastic for landscape and big prints and starting with two new outstanding lenses? I will sugest the extraordinary 16-35mm and the new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4 ED VR or the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR . I know that is a lot of money but...big quality for many years in advance. In betwen those two lenses you could use any 50mm that are very cheap. I find very useful to go to http://kenrockwell.com/ and find all the info you want or need about nikon.
That's a tempting proposition, Horatio, but I'm not sure how much the sale of kit would raise and it would depend how much extra the OP was willing/able to pay.
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Re: Nikon Lens Guidance

Looking at the D600 its very nice, but at a couple of grand it a bit of a reach sadly, FX would be really nice though but too much money for now. I think I'd rather get the best possible lens I can afford as everything I've read about the D300 is good.
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Re: Nikon Lens Guidance

I notice in your post that a lens without VR will more than likely need to be used on a tripod. I have a Canon 400mm f5.6L that doesn't have IS and I don't regard it as a major problem, I'm still taking hand held bird shots even at this time of the year.

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Re: Nikon Lens Guidance

I do have very unsteady hands sadly so always find IS/VR helps me greatly. Also noticed that there is fungus in the 80-200 f2.8 lens which devalues it greatly, just waiting to hear back from a few places regarding the cost to have that removed and cleaned.... that will decide if I keep or sell it.
So the 28-300 and 70-300 have gone up for sale, and I'll be getting a 18-200 in the new year. I have also bought a Nikkor 50mm f1.8 as the 90mm f2.8 is fantastic but a bit too close ... fingers crossed the 50mm will be her in time for Christmas
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