A&P Best telephoto + macro lens for a d70

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  1. mrburner

    mrburner Ron Paul 2008

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    i've reached the limits of just having the 18-70 lens and i've found myself in many situations where i could have used a macro lens and/or a telephoto lens

    best one i can get for < $500

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    Tomash Active Member

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    70-200mm f/2.8 VR and a set of extension tubes.
     
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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    mrburner Ron Paul 2008

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    maybe a little bit less expensive,,,i'm seeing those for about $1500-1800 on froogle
     
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    natelam New Member

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    Add a Canon 500D filter to that and you're set.
     
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    I am very pleased with the Sigma APO II super 70-300 it also has MACRO, its fairly sharp and fast enough, great results consdering its price-range...
     
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    mrburner Ron Paul 2008

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    yeah, i was looking at both


    Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Zoom Macro Super II Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D

    and

    Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Macro Super II Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D

    i've heard better things about the APO
     
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    Oh, I didn't notice the price range. :o
     
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    hsubaru New Member

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    For a macro, $500 will buy you either the 60mm f/2.8 Micro or the 105mm f/2.8 Micro (I think also the VR version that just came out) and still leave you with some change.

    Save money for the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. It's worth every penny.
     
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    the tamron 28-75 has "macro" capabilities but I wouldn't consider it to be a true macro lens. but the 70-200mm f/2.8 is just a sweet lens.
     
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    mrburner Ron Paul 2008

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    i may eventually go for the 70-200, but it probably won't be for awhile...i have run into a number of situations where a macro lens would come in very handy and a number of situations where a telephoto would come in very handy

    i figured since sigma has those 2 cameras that have both macro/telephoto functionality, nikon might have some options as well

    after this i will likely be getting a wide angle and then looking into a really nice telephoto (but that won't be for awhile)
     
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    I don't think those Sigmas really focus down to 1:1, but rather, they just let you focus to under a foot, which isn't really "macro." Having extensively used the 105 non-VR, I'd honestly say go for the 60mm f/2.8. It focuses a bit faster, lets you use faster shutter speeds, and focuses closer. Not to say the 105 is no good, it's actually very good, but the 60 is just more versatile.

    I just picked up the Tokina 12-24mm f/4 for my cameras, and for the money, it's absolutely amazing.
     
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    .chris You drown before the water lets you in. OT Supporter

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    i hear nothing but good things about the 18-200 VR
     
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    pelf The Juice Was Worth The Squeeze

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    I just picked up an 18-200 VR last weekend for 800$. It was used but in absolutely new condition. I am in love with this thing! Huge step up from the 18-70mm.
     
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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    I've been waiting for mine for 2 months :mad:
     
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    pelf The Juice Was Worth The Squeeze

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    So glad I didnt get on a ridiculous wait list or anything. Check craigslist. Thats where I found mine and I got it from another "pro-photographer" who tookk very very nice care of his stuff.
     
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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    wow, you got friggin lucky, I talked to amazon and they said that they will have them next friday. :x:
     
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    18-200?
     
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    thinking of selling my kit and 70-300 to purchase one.
     
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    mrburner Ron Paul 2008

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    wow, the 18-200 vr for $775ish looks incredibly tempting...reading more into it
     

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