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    Hi all, this is my first post on dps.

    I recently purchased a Nikon d3100 with 18-55 afs vr lens and I have taken a lot of pictures with it. I have a vacation upcoming to Kerala ( venice in India) and I am looking for a good but cheap telephoto lens.

    I came across the Nikon 70-300 af lens, is that a good buy? I realize that my camera does not have a built in focus motor, but still, can I take good pics with the mentioned lens?

    Please advice...

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
    Wrong place for your post

    Originally posted by bittoo View Post
    Hi all, this is my first post on dps.

    I recently purchased a Nikon d3100 with 18-55 afs vr lens and I have taken a lot of pictures with it. I have a vacation upcoming to Kerala ( venice in India) and I am looking for a good but cheap telephoto lens.

    I came across the Nikon 70-300 af lens, is that a good buy? I realize that my camera does not have a built in focus motor, but still, can I take good pics with the mentioned lens?

    Please advice...

    Thanks in advance
    You need to post in another thread, this is for Macro & Close-up Photography
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    • #3
      This is not the right section for this thread, but still ...

      along with the 18-55, 70-300 AF VR lens will be a very good addition IMO
      the 55-70mm missing is not much actually, a step forward or back will cover that range

      70-300 VR is a wonderful lens, and is fast for action too .. only very low light might require a f2.8 lens .. else u have the entire range covered from 18mm (wide) to 300mm,

      U could also get the 70-300G for about 150USD but that will not autofocus .. so go for the VR lens
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      • #4
        Just be sure if you buy a Nikon/Nikkor lens you choose a af-s lens as the D3100 has no Auto focus motor.
        Off Ebay you can get a decent second hand 55-300 af-s vr for about 180 in the UK
        Check out Amazon as well they have some pretty nifty deals.
        Make sure what ever you buy it comes with a lens hood and buy a polarizing filter and some ND filters.
        good luck
        Last edited by mottyboy; 12-09-2012, 06:51 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by chetankjain View Post
          This is not the right section for this thread, but still ...

          along with the 18-55, 70-300 AF VR lens will be a very good addition IMO
          the 55-70mm missing is not much actually, a step forward or back will cover that range

          70-300 VR is a wonderful lens, and is fast for action too .. only very low light might require a f2.8 lens .. else u have the entire range covered from 18mm (wide) to 300mm,

          U could also get the 70-300G for about 150USD but that will not autofocus .. so go for the VR lens
          Yes I agree with you Chetan, But I think 70-300 AF will not auto focus on D3100 and need AF-S lens for it. And I think Bitto is talking about 70-330 AF and not AF-S.

          Am I right Bitto.
          Last edited by gouthamn; 12-10-2012, 03:17 PM.
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