View Full Version : Nikon camera users help

03-15-2010, 09:53 PM
I have a d50(my wife has the d50) and was looking into the 300mm lenses. Is the VR worth the extra $$ looks like i can get an AF for $150 and the new version is almost $600.00 we have the 18 to 55mm plus the 55 to 200mm without the VR. anyhelp would be appreciated. Shhhhh its for her Bday...;)


03-15-2010, 10:16 PM
I don't think the D50 has the VR option so it would be a waste of money. D40's don't just the D60 that Z and I and a few others have. But look into it. Does your current lense have a VR setting?

03-16-2010, 07:03 AM
no i do not believe so.

03-16-2010, 07:51 AM
Yeah I think you are better off with the regular 70-300 not the one with the VR option.

03-16-2010, 08:39 AM
Sled, you just saved me some "new boat toys" :D


03-16-2010, 10:41 AM
I'm suggesting a new Inland Surf board for your hard work :)

03-16-2010, 10:45 AM
those are nice...... I rode one and liked it.

03-16-2010, 10:49 AM
You just need a sponsor for the college fund for all those kids and then you can spend a little money on yourself :)

03-16-2010, 10:53 AM
Amen, i am competing with kane for most kids in the moombie:D except he just got a bigger boat. maybe that means he have more kids:p

College funds:rolleyes::?

03-16-2010, 11:03 AM
No more kiddies here. Got a Suburbanfull already. They'd have to ride in the boat on the trailer.

As for college fund, as I told my eldest daughter: "Honey, you are going to attend the finest college in the land to which you receive a scholarship."

03-16-2010, 08:26 PM
That's funny.

03-17-2010, 11:43 AM

Just went through you lake house pics again Great Job and very well done. You want to come to NY to check out my leaning tower on the lake. LOL

Mabey I need Mike Holmes, to "make it right"

ian ashton
03-17-2010, 11:56 AM
The best advice I can offer a Nikon user; buy a Canon ;)


I shoot with a Canon XTi, and my dad has a Nikon D70. Most of the action shots on here and my Facebook are actually from his D70.

03-17-2010, 04:32 PM
What the difference between the imported lens and the USA lens. both look the same and same price , must be a warranty issue can anyone confirm.

03-17-2010, 10:48 PM
Thanks, that what I thought. Anytime your travels to fingerlakes region in NY . iI'll give a ride and a tour.:D

03-17-2010, 11:08 PM
I will definately keep that in mind :)

03-19-2010, 10:10 AM
I don't think so. Try searching google for more feedbacks.

which is this refering to. The camera warranty or the colleg funding??

03-19-2010, 10:15 AM
I was watching him last night. He's about a post away from getting banned. I think he's a spammer in stealth mode.

03-19-2010, 10:58 AM
i am a nikkon guy i have the d5000 i only buy vr lenses deff. worth it imo

03-19-2010, 11:03 AM
Adam, Thanks, I have the D50 and not looking into upgrading the camera just adding a lense to the arsenal.

03-19-2010, 09:30 PM
which is this refering to. The camera warranty or the colleg funding??

Now that's funny

I still think the VR lenses won't work on your camera, maybe some one else can chime in on this one.

03-19-2010, 09:49 PM
i agree, VR is out.
i would need to buy a new camera to utilize VR technology, now that would not save me boat toys

03-19-2010, 10:12 PM
Gotta keep up on the boat toys :D

03-20-2010, 07:45 AM
Ed, VR = vibration reduction on nikon, Canon has IS = image stabilization.

I did the dark room thing once.:(

Now its so easy to uplaod pictures in any sizes to sams club , shutterfly etc and they will print it for you. It does just fine and really in expensive. still have a local shop that will process negatives if needed, though;)

03-20-2010, 10:03 PM
Ed, VR = vibration reduction on nikon, Canon has IS = image stabilization.

I did the dark room thing once.:(

Now its so easy to uplaod pictures in any sizes to sams club , shutterfly etc and they will print it for you. It does just fine and really in expensive. still have a local shop that will process negatives if needed, though;)

Like your the only one :D

03-25-2010, 02:20 PM
I have D60 and have VR lenses... I can tell a difference on wake shots with VR compared the previous non VR i Had. Do you REALLY need a 300m?
I have tried some.. useless off the tripod beyond 200.. I have been shooting wake shots on my 18-55 a lot actually..

give me a shout if you still have questions.. i see this is an older message.

03-25-2010, 02:46 PM
this will be the third lens to the portfolio of lenses. 18-55 55-200 and now a 70-300. so hopefully it should fill the void. closeups for the kids boarding and skiing are priceless at that range.

03-25-2010, 04:00 PM
I had a 70-300 when I first got D60 Found I rarely used past 200
I got the Nikon 55-200 VR.. Great lens..

Look at the Tamron's as well.. I've had a few of them..

03-25-2010, 05:25 PM
Brad, which 55-200 do you have. there is one that is affordable but slow, and one that is expensive but supposed to be awsum.

Z has been using the 70-300 with real good results. I find my 18-55 is not enough for good action shots on the lake, and is too slow as well.

03-25-2010, 09:50 PM
As far as I know only Nikon or Nikor lenses have the VR technology. It is not available in aftermarket lenses.

03-25-2010, 11:33 PM
Do you really need a 300?
Well with my old Nikon N6006 we were trying to capture pictures of Deer, birds and other animals (yeah and girls on the beach) and you can sneak up on them much easier with a longer range lens (ok what this means is you don't have to get so close to take the shot and hence you don't scare them away). So with us it did not stop at a 70-300 it went so far as I have a 600mm mirror lens. And because it is totally a manual lens I am pretty sure that I can get it to work on the new D60 too. But keep in mind you really have to have a tripod for this puppy.
The point is yes you always can use a longer range lens and the shots of the kids on the skis from the 300 are awesome. However, the problem becomes can you justify the cost for it! Only you can answer that one.

03-25-2010, 11:44 PM
Intersting thread guys.

I shoot with a Cannon at the moment, having made the switch from Nikon

Both are great companies but I found the Cannon more user friendly in full control modes.

As for the lense question, I'd second Ed's suggestion on the Sigma lenses. They have been winning quite a few serious photographers over. I shoot mostly with Primes and just picked up a 50mm 1.2 lense that is amazing quality. Damn thing can just about shoot in darkness with no flash.

I know sigma is making lenses for both backs. Worth a look.

@ Exile

03-26-2010, 06:49 AM
yeah of all the lens we have for both cameras we have 3 different brands. Nikon, Sigma and another one (starts with a T? and I am not going to dig it out right now) and they have all been great. but with the Ritz and Wolf camera stores gone and only walmart and bestbuys left you don't have the expertise and the selection as easily available as you once did so currently all new lens for the new camera are Nikon (Best Buy).

03-26-2010, 07:29 AM
So Sigma has a Version of VR that is supported by the camera? Hmmm, is the AF motor supported as well?

03-26-2010, 09:47 AM
Here is a pic shot with a nikon 70-300m (my sister inlaw) Non VR lens of our lake house (yellow in the middle) from accross the lake at ..60 miles....

Brad, the park across from the south outlet launch canal


03-26-2010, 11:15 AM
You asked about which lens I have.. It is the $200 55-200 VR NOT the $1500 model (70-200.. My Bro in law has one..)
One tip I was given for Wake Photos from some seasoned photogs was to Focus on a rider at their given rope length.. Turn off AF and shoot. If you don't move lens much, you should be able to maintain focus. That keeps the AF sensors from slowing down photos. WOrks good for me. I do find that if I depend on AF for action shots, it lags.
One issue with D40/D60 is they use focus motor in lens, not camera..

Other option is set the focus mode (cant remember the setting) but such that you can focus before action shot, hold shutter halfway and release when ready.

Sigma still makes a good lens. I considered when I got this lens. They make a NICE 18-200MM with Stabilzation for about $400.. That will cover JUST about all you need!

03-26-2010, 12:06 PM
Nice photo, would love to have that c-dory

03-26-2010, 09:59 PM
Heck the new good ones will even make lunch for you :)