Well, finally I have it: My new Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm zoom lens and so far I like it a lot.
300mm is very nice, but remember that my D300s is a crop camera, which means that you can multiply your focal length with 1.5. So this means that this lens will act as a 105mm-450mm lens. Now, that is pretty cool. If you want to know the how and why of a crop camera, please read this article about the crop factor. This article explains it better than I can do and as many will known, I am dead lazy :-).
Using this lens with my tele converter 2x, it would be it all to 210mm-900mm… but then I think you will need a lot of light and even with the VR (Vibration Control) of this lens, it will be impossible to make pictures without tripod. A nice challenge, maybe even impracticable, but still I will play with it for sure.
As already said, this lens has “Vibrator Control” which makes possible to make pictures on 300mm without tripod. I own a zoom lens alike without VR, it was extremely hard to make sharp pictures on 300mm withpit tripod. Possible, but very hard. I have just a few pictures made this way I consider good (my “famous” lion picture is own of those).
As I was asked by “the ladies” (Sanne, Marissa and Marion) to make some portraits of them, I asked around what be a good lens for this. Of course I can use my Nikkor 105 macro for this. But I was told that the Nikkor 50mm would be very nice for this. This is (just as the 105mm macro) a lens with a fixed focal length (a so called “prime lens”). When I looked at the price of this lens, I was happily surprised. Specially second hand (the 70-300 is bought new) the prices are very acceptable. So this morning I also ordered a second hand Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8.
So what next? Oh, enough to dream about. But first thing I would like to have a “wide angle” lens. A nice lens suggested was the Nikkor 12-24mm. But new bought this is a more expensive lens, but I saw some nice second hand prices. I don’t mind to buy this kind of things second hand. Until now I have very good experiences with that.
(This article is also posted on my photo site Photography is the skill to steal a moment from time… )