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Good lens for the price,
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Having bought the Nikon D3100 camera kit (with 18-55mm lens) (see my separate review), I needed a telephoto for wildlife photography. Previously I have been using a Panasonic FZ8 bridge camera (with a 1.7x teleconverter) but decided to move to a DSLR for greater lens flexibility , image quality and low light capability.
After agonising whether to buy the 55-200 mm Nikkor lens (on offer at 30% less), I opted for the "longer reach" lens. With the small DX sensor in the D3100, the lens behaves as an equivalent to an 83 -450 mm lens on a full frame or 35mm camera - an excellent option without going to specialised ( expensive) lenses .
After an initial disappointment as to the " reach" of the lens vs the Panasonic FZ8 kit ( whose zoom is an equivalent to 36-432mm on a 35mm/full frame camera - or a massive 734 mm with the converter giving surprisingly sharp photographs) , I have explored the capabilities of this Nikkor lens in more detail.
Zoom / Telephoto range - despite my comment above , this is a good range ( at least as good as the Panasonic without converter ) and , unlike the Panasonic ( with converter) , excellent focus through the whole range .The zoom is a standard twist and the focal lengths are marked on the lens barrel.
Aperture - The aperture is set by / in the camera - not on the lens . The possible limitation of maximum aperture of F4.5 - 5.6 is less of an issue with the in camera variable ISO ( with low noise on the D3100) and VR stabilisation.
NOTE - For professionals , the corresponding F2.8 Nikon zooms ( costing megabucks) would be first choice giving better depth of field control and allowing lower ISO / higher shutter speeds to be used
Autofocus - works well ( the lens motor is reasonably quiet) but will focus on a " nearest " object unless the primary autofocus set up is adjusted on the camera ( See manual and "Nikon D3100 for Dummies" - Julie Adair King) . Certain items totally fool the camera system totally, so manual focus ( DO change the setting on the lens from A to M!!) is possible. In manual focus the lens movement is very light ( care needed) and there is no way of setting for maximum depth of field by the old "hyperfocal distance" method - not likely to be an issue for most modern amateurs. The D3100 has no depth of field preview either .
VR - image stabilisation - with static objects it DOES allow a slower shutter speed to be used than the traditional "reciprocal focal length" rule ie at 300mm use a shutter speed of 1/300 second. I found the VR gave improved sharpness down to 1/50 second at 300mm - don't rely on it with moving objects however - increase the shutter speed. When the camera/lens is used on a tripod DO turn off the VR.
SUMMARY The lens is a reasonable compromise of compactness , robustness, functionality and price. It is designed for full auto mode although manual operations / override are possible
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2011 19:01:35 GMT
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2012 23:12:45 BDT
F. Lopez says:
Do you know if this lens would be compatible with a Nikon D70? Thanks...
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 15:23:00 BDT
Dr. I. Cox says:
Sorry I don't know the specifics of the D70.
Almost all Nikon lenses ( even the old ones off 35mm film) will "fit" even the mounts on the modern Nikon cameras BUT functionality may not be the same.
As a rule of thumb , if the D70 is a DX format camera , then this lens should work perfectly with all functions operating .
If it is a full format camera than the picture through the DX lens may not cover the whole of the sensor .
You may need an better expert than myself. Check out other Amazon reviews and see if any D70 users have posted a review
In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012 11:47:29 BDT
D. Griffith says:
Yes-it is compatible with D70-friend has a D60 and it works on that as well.
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