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    Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    I want close ups!

    Have been missing out on some good shots recently and would like to know what Telephoto Lens you chaps could give adivice and would recommend ?

    I have a Macro lens, so am sorted from that end, just want to go to the other extreme. I have a D200.

    So any info would be gratefully accepted.

    Kr

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    It depends on how long you want it and how close you want to get. One lens that goes far as well as close, is the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro. It focuses relatively fast for a macro lens, is very sharp, and is very much "two lenses in one", tele as well as macro (yes, I know you already have a macro, but this is different ). It also works well with TCs.

    If by close, you only mean a long focal length, I can warmly recommend the Nikkor 300mm f/4. I picked up an old one (non AF-S) today, and it's very sharp, with lots of contrast and colour. It doesn't focus very close though, but it works very well with a 1.4x TC. See my samples on the "Even more fun pictures with Nikon" thread.

    If you want a zoom, the Nikkor 70-300mm AF-S is excellent, and relatively light and small.

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    Thanks for the Info Jorgen.

    My Father has the 20-300mm, I was thinking of going to the 400mm telephoto, any info on that lenght.

    Sorry to ask too many questions

    Kind regards

    Michele

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    The 300mm with a 1.4x TC is one of the best ways to get to that length on a Nikon. Without a TC (and probably even with), you'll find that the 300mm is much sharper than a 20-300mm @ 300mm.

    If you want a zoom covering that length, the Sigma 150-500mm OS is a good alternative (it's rather big and heavy though). The Nikkor 80-400mm VR is good to, but more expensive and with slower AF.

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    man-up and get a 200-400

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    Can't Man Up, I'm a 5ft 2in female

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    oppsss.....

    you can still get a 200-400, they are kinda of cute and black goes with anything. i use mine a ton, it is such a great lens.

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    I found a mint 500 f/4P a little over a year ago. For still life or slow moving subjects it is remarkable. On the D200 it is a 750mm. You WILL need a very sturdy tripod.
    Last edited by Foggylink; 6th February 2010 at 09:28.

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    Well if you hear of ones of these cute 200-400mm lenes going for a song let me know.

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Froggy View Post
    Well if you hear of ones of these cute 200-400mm lenes going for a song let me know.

    Kr

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    Nah... you don't want to buy it to cheaply. With the weight of that lens, you don't want to be burdened with the task of carrying around a lot of money anyway

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    yep, money is WAY overrated.

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    Get an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II. I had the older one and it worked well on my D300. I got rid of it when I sold the camera. It's light, small, and has a very useful range. Not "extreme", but handy. As Fultonpics noted, the 200-400mm is a great lens (just look at his pics in the 200-400 thread). But maybe overkill for a D200. Cheers.

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    Donít overlook the Tamron 18-250 highly acclaimed all-around lens that should meet most of your needs.

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    Re: Do I need a Telephoto Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    As Fultonpics noted, the 200-400mm is a great lens (just look at his pics in the 200-400 thread). But maybe overkill for a D200. Cheers.
    Matt, when it comes to lenses, there is no such thing as overkill
    I saw a guy once with a D40 and a 200mm f/2.0. When i asked him why, he showed me some of his photos. I had no more questions after that.

    One more vote for the 300mm f/4.0. I've used mine for a week now, and WOW... Get a used one, an old one (like I did), attach it to a TC (which I also did). It's sharp all the way, regardless of aperture and regardless of focal length, as long as you down go above or below 300mm

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