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Jonty
09-06-10, 02:38 PM
I want a new telephoto lens for moving fairly fast moving objects such as boats, tennis players etc

I have currently a sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 macro, not a fantastic lens as many of you will know
My camera is the plain and simple D40, but it is lovely

I have under 200 to spend, so my budget is not big
I have looked at the nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6 VR lens for around 130

Also I have looked at the nikon 50mm f1.8 at 100, less on ebay

Any other suggestions, and what do you think of these two lenses

Nigel Atherton
09-06-10, 03:12 PM
The 50mm f/1.8 is not telephoto enough for sports subjects such as tennis unless you're right on top of your subject. (It may be okay for boats if you're ON the boat in question).

The Nikon 55-200mm VR is certainly better than what you have, and with vibration reduction too. For 130 its a steal. I assume that's secondhand, because the new price for it is about double that.

Another alternative is the Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6. Not as long in reach as the 55-200mm but optically it did pretty well in our tests. Although also above your price range I found a used one on Amazon for just under 200 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-18-135MM-F3-5-5-6G-IF-ED-AF-S/dp/B000HJPK0Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1276096081&sr=1-2).

Jonty
09-06-10, 04:22 PM
Thanks Nigel

Well the 55-200 vr is on ebay at an average price of 130 here (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-NIKON-55-200mm-G-AF-S-VR-DX-NiKKOR-LENS-55-200-mm-/230482569229?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_CamerasPhoto_CameraAccessories_CameraLensesF ilters_JN&hash=item35a9d4e80d)
You may be thinking of the 18-200?

The 50mm is also a possibility seeing as my favorite areas are landscape and architecture. but i have my 10-20mm sigma..... on your reccomendation a while back (computer messed, account deleted, so i haven't been on forums for a while.)

That 18-135 looks fantastic. Will look into that as well.
The cheaper the better however

Nigel Atherton
09-06-10, 09:36 PM
The NEW price of the 55-200mm VR is about 250, so 130 on eBay is a good price.
The 18-135mm would have the advantage of also replacing your 18-55mm as your standard lens, as it also covers the wideangle end, so you could go out with just the 10-20mm and 18-135mm and be pretty well covered for most eventualities. I haven't looked up the price on eBay though.
The 50mm f/1.8 is a great general purpose lens though I think you'd have to decide whether you want a tele lens for sport or a fast std lens for day to day shots.

Jonty
10-06-10, 10:21 AM
The 18-135 is not a VR lens, but in everyday lighting etc would it be a fair lens for sport?

Its just the 55-200mm VR is now 140 new everywhere now... http://www.camerabox.co.uk/product1.asp?ProductID=2643&gclid=COCOnqKllaICFUeZ2AodxHyGJw

I found the 18-135 at about 140 on ebay used.

Which lens would be a better lens considering i have the range from 10-55mm covered if i'm replacing my 70-300
I like the veristility of 300mm on the lakes etc.

Nigel Atherton
10-06-10, 07:43 PM
I don't know anything about camera box. Never use them or visit their website. Not even sure if they're a UK based company selling official UK imports. There are lots of off-shore retailers online selling grey imports and we have a policy of not recognising these as they damage the UK photo trade. Not saying camera box is one i just don't know. But their price is suspiciously much cheaper than anyone elses I've found. eg
Warehouse Express (http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-nikon-55-200mm-f4-5-6-g-af-s-dx-vr-if-ed-lens/p1018071)
Jessops (http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/Cameras%20and%20Lenses/Lenses/products/Nikon/55-200mm%20f4.-5.6%20AFS%20DX%20VR%20Lens%20%28Black%29-50317/Show.html)
Park Cameras (http://www.parkcameras.com/6475/Nikon-AF-S-55-200mm-f-4-5-6-VR-DX-Zoom.html)
Camera World (http://www.cameraworld.co.uk/ViewProdDetails.asp?prod_code=PON07C000048&Prod_name=Nikon+55-200mm+f4-5.6+AF-S+VR+DX+&CAT_CODE=2&SUBCAT_CODE=203)

It would be interesting to hear from any forum members here who have any experience of using them.

Anyway, aside from the issue of where you buy it from, the 55-200mm probably is the best choice for your needs and budget. The VR will be very useful too, so that's what I'd get.

wave
11-06-10, 08:12 AM
hi i have bought 2 cameras from camerabox both canon an a640 very good price and a cash back from canon and when i got my 550d again a cash back deal both were never questioned and the cash was received with in the month. the cameras were shipped and received with 48 hours. i was pleased with there service

Jonty
11-06-10, 11:56 AM
Is there any way to check the serial number with Nikon when i recieve the lens... if i buy it that is

espressivo
12-06-10, 03:19 PM
I've been taking pictures of sport for 4 years. The quality of the images improved immeasurably after the purchase of a 70-200mm f2.8 lens. The wider aperture makes a massive difference when getting a clear action shot and avoids the frustration of images with hands/ feet blurred.

It may be a major expense....but the results are well worth the extra investment. I've actually started selling sports images so am (slowly....very slowly) recouping some of the outlay.

Jonty
12-06-10, 04:20 PM
I've been taking pictures of sport for 4 years. The quality of the images improved immeasurably after the purchase of a 70-200mm f2.8 lens. The wider aperture makes a massive difference when getting a clear action shot and avoids the frustration of images with hands/ feet blurred.

It may be a major expense....but the results are well worth the extra investment. I've actually started selling sports images so am (slowly....very slowly) recouping some of the outlay.

Thanks, i am looking at wider aperature lenses..... big money for me to be honest considering my main interest is in architecture and landscapes. The VR hopefully can compensate for some of the lighting however nothing can compare to a wide aperature.