Which lens should i go for???

rananishantrananishant Posts: 3Member
edited March 2013 in Gear Reviews
I am planning to buy a zoom lens for my D7000. I'm on a tight budget and confused between two lenses. Nikkor 70-300mm,f 4.5-5.6 ED VR 2 and Tamron AF70-300, f4-5.6 Di LD Macro. looking at my budget Tamron suits me. But I'm worried for picture quality. Please help me out.
Nikon D7000/ Nikon D5200 (Planning)/ Nikkor 50mm f 1.8/ Nikkor 18-105mm f 3.5-3.6 kit/ Tamaron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di VC USD.

Comments

  • mikepmikep Posts: 280Member
    buy the one you want, if money is a problem, then save up for longer. thats what i would do
  • MikeGunterMikeGunter Posts: 543Member
    Hi,

    The Nikkor is for either DX or FX and gets high quality marks for an inexpensive lens - it's the one I have. The Tamron, not so much.

    My best.

    Mike
  • TaoTeJaredTaoTeJared Posts: 1,306Member
    Nikkor hands down. Look for refurbished ones - those prices are much lower.
    D800, D300, D50(ir converted), FujiX100, Canon G11, Olympus TG2. Nikon lenses - 24mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8, (5 in all)50mm, 60mm, 85mm 1.8, 105vr, 105 f2.5, 180mm 2.8, 70-200vr1, 24-120vr f4. Tokina 12-24mm, 16-28mm, 28-70mm (angenieux design), 300mm f2.8. Sigma 15mm fisheye. Voigtlander R2 (olive) & R2a, Voigt 35mm 2.5, Zeiss 50mm f/2, Leica 90mm f/4. I know I missed something...
  • sevencrossingsevencrossing Posts: 2,800Member
    edited September 2013
    . But I'm worried for picture quality. .
    Picture quality. (IQ) is not the only thing to look at when buying new lens
    Speed and accuracy of focusing are important, Tameron's may be a tad slower to focus
    build quality on a Tameron may not be up to Nikon's
    and if you are likely to change lenses in the future, look at second values
    many old Nikon leneses sell on e bay for more than they cost new


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  • GodlessGodless Posts: 113Member
    Why not consider the newer Tamron 70-300 Di VC USD instead? Cheaper than the Nikkor and you get the money´s worth as they´re equally soft in the long end. With the Nikkor 70-300 VR you pay too much for too little IMO.
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 5,932Moderator
    I have the 70-300VR and find it too soft after 240 or so. If I could, I'd swap it for a 150-500 Sigma or similar.
    Always learning.
  • adamzadamz Posts: 842Moderator
    comparing the two lenses go for NIkon, up to 200mm is excellent, above that it's only fair but remember that the biggest thing in photography is to have joy with taking the snaps.
  • mk2popmk2pop Posts: 80Member
    i have the tamron and i think its pretty good for the price, i bought it so i dont have to carry my 100-300 f4 all the time, ive used it for Motorsports in the past and the focus speed is not an issue, birds in flight can be tricky

    this shows the focus tracking is decent.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/70133489@N02/7880165662/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/70133489@N02/7880155722/in/photostream

    the macro mode is pretty useful aswell. sharp enough?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/70133489@N02/7583275554/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/70133489@N02/7583304938/in/photostream
    D300 | D90 | D40 | F65 x2 | F75 | 10-24mm | 18-200mm | 35mm f1.8 | 50mm 1.4d | 40mm Micro | 70-300mm Tamron | 100-300mm f4 Sigma |1.4x Sigma tc | Sb400 | Sb900 x2

    Awaiting a DX D400
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,365Moderator
    @ mk2pop

    Beautiful racing shots...smoking tires is always good....! Nice panning technique.
    Msmoto, mod
  • mk2popmk2pop Posts: 80Member
    Thanks Msmoto, cant wait till the season starts again.
    D300 | D90 | D40 | F65 x2 | F75 | 10-24mm | 18-200mm | 35mm f1.8 | 50mm 1.4d | 40mm Micro | 70-300mm Tamron | 100-300mm f4 Sigma |1.4x Sigma tc | Sb400 | Sb900 x2

    Awaiting a DX D400
  • BesoBeso Posts: 462Member
    My suggestion is always to buy the best glass you can afford, even if it means delaying the purchase for awhile. Rarely does anybody complain about their high quality lenses but plenty complain about those lenses with noticeable shortcoming that are reflected in the images.
    Occasionally a decent image ...
  • rananishantrananishant Posts: 3Member
    Thank you all for feedback. I have purchased Tamron 70-300mm, f4-5.6 Di VC USD. Its better in terms of softness at its longer end and the VC is much better then Nikons VR. Thank you again for helping.
    Nikon D7000/ Nikon D5200 (Planning)/ Nikkor 50mm f 1.8/ Nikkor 18-105mm f 3.5-3.6 kit/ Tamaron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di VC USD.
  • Parke1953Parke1953 Posts: 455Member
    rananishant I have been saving for some time now so I can get the 80-400mm and as some have said buy the best glass you can afford,that to me is save for however long it takes. I still need about 7 or 800 $ more so I am thinking about what I might be able to give up. Maybe food (how long can one live on body fat). I have cut back on a lot of things and is not really that hard and have saved over $2000. Good luck.
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