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lloydga
25-03-11, 04:36 PM
1st post.....
Having recently retired and now able to spend more time on my photography habit - I have upgraded my D70 to a D300 (my daughter has inherited the D70). Question is whether to upgrade lenses as well (my daughter hopes so....) to take advantage of the D300 and the newer lens technology. I am using a Nikkor AF 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 as the prime lens (old but very happy with it) and a Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR as the telephoto (very happy with this on the D70 as well). I also have a stack of pre-digital era Nikon lenses that don't make it out of the box now....
Any advice would be gratefully received.

graham_c
25-03-11, 07:04 PM
.hi lloydga .Nikon now do a 24 70 which as smaller lighter and sharper than the 28 70 might be worth a look. I also have a 70 300 ed and would never part with it.Hope this helps you and your daughter...graham

lloydga
25-03-11, 07:57 PM
Thanks Graham - I think a lot of the 24-70's price is in the FX capability which I don't need. Have you tried the 35-70 f2.8? I'm particularly interested as to how it compares to the 28-70 f 3.5-4.5 on a D300.

graham_c
25-03-11, 08:21 PM
HI see what you mean with the price my friend has one [never new he was that rich ]. Sorry dont know anything about the 35-70 but here is a link that you may find useful...http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=nikon%2035-70 it a flickr link to 35- 70 photos...graham

lloydga
25-03-11, 08:44 PM
Nice link thanks. the other lens that I was considering to replace the old 28-70mm was the 18-55mm VR which adds wider angle, VR and is reasonably priced.

lloydga
25-03-11, 09:28 PM
PS Forgot to mention - main photographic interests are landscapes, sunsets, wildlife... and possibly dabbling in astrophotography

graham_c
26-03-11, 10:55 AM
Hi. Sorry not not responding sooner most nikon users have a 18 55 vr including me. For the money they are great lenses. They are small and light and do a good job only complaint is their not very fast but fine in good light.It might not be wide enough for your landscape shots though. You could look at the sigma 17 70 os it's a wee bit wider ,wee bit faster and a wee bit longer zoom.costs a wee bit more

For landscapes i use a sigma 10 20 and [touch wood] have no complaints to date ...graham

lloydga
27-03-11, 06:44 PM
Thanks again Graham - the Sigma 17-70 2.8 OS may be the route to go..... Anyone out there using one on a D300 who can opine? Thanks

lloydga
30-03-11, 09:10 PM
OK - so I managed to get myself a new Sigma 17-70 (non-OS) for $200..... Found my old Nikkor f1.8's 50mm and 80mm which were both AI converted Yay! Thanks again for the advice Graham (hopefully this will help someone else as well).

lloydga
31-03-11, 12:35 AM
Ooops for "80" read "85"...

graham_c
31-03-11, 10:37 AM
Hi. Please let me know how the 17 70 works out... graham

lloydga
01-04-11, 06:00 PM
I will do - I'll be taking it to Spain for a "test drive" for 6 weeks in May/June.

canismajor
19-04-11, 08:50 PM
I also have a D300, and find that the Nikon 18-200mm lens VR will cover most subjects, but I also use a Sigma 10-20mm ultra wide angle which is great for weddings etc. Also I use a Sigma 120-400mm IS lens for sport photography and this works just great. For Macro I use a Sigma 70mm f2.8, again a great performer. Hope this is of use, and in case you wonder why I use Sigma so much, it's because they are much cheaper and still do a great job.

lloydga
19-04-11, 10:24 PM
Thanks CM - early days but so far I'm very happy with the Sigma 17-70

canismajor
20-04-11, 10:48 AM
Hi there, about the Sigma wide angle, I use the Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 on my D300 and have to say that it is brilliant. I have 3 other lenses by the same name and have always found the images they produce sharp and extremely good. Hope this is of use, all the best.

lloydga
12-05-11, 11:41 AM
i'm very happy with the D300 and Sigma lens combination so far:

https://picasaweb.google.com/104785805970453127443/Spain2011?feat=directlink

graham_c
12-05-11, 04:49 PM
Hi lloydaa. Nice to hear from you again. After looking at your photos no need to ask how Spain went, great photos. Why not put some on the site and let us have a wee look . Take care graham

canismajor
12-05-11, 07:17 PM
OK - so I managed to get myself a new Sigma 17-70 (non-OS) for $200..... Found my old Nikkor f1.8's 50mm and 80mm which were both AI converted Yay! Thanks again for the advice Graham (hopefully this will help someone else as well).
Hi Lloyd, I have a D300 and find that the lens I use most of all is my Nikon 18-200mm with two stage VR. Don't forget that the DX sensor in the D300 means that the focal length of any lens is multiplied by 1.5. Now the 18-200mm becomes a 27-300, which will suffice for most occasions. It really is a great lens. I also have a Sigma 10-20mm f3.5, and a Sigma 120-400mm which is great for wildlife and sports. For macro I use my Sigma 70mm f2.8, and this also does a great job. As I've already stated though, my 18-200 covers most requirements. Hope this helps, all the best, Mike.