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vivitar 100-400mm series 1 f 4.5-6.7 bang for a buck???

Soumyadip Ghosh , Mar 02, 2005; 01:34 p.m.

in the $150-$225 price range which of the following lens is the best buy for wildlife photography (specially mountains). (lenses will be used with Nikon F75)

1. vivitar 100-400mm series 1

2. vivitar 70-300mm series 1

3. tamron, sigma , nikon (ED) 70-300mm

please advice. 11*4 will be the prints (in most cases)


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Vivek . , Mar 02, 2005; 01:40 p.m.

I think, an used 28-300 Tamron would be the best bong for the buck.

11x4 sounds like an interesting print format out of a 35mm film frame.

Arnab Pratim Das , Mar 02, 2005; 01:54 p.m.

You make curious typos too, Vivek.


Vivek . , Mar 02, 2005; 01:57 p.m.

Oh, my! Did I, Arnab?

Arnab Pratim Das , Mar 02, 2005; 01:58 p.m.

"best bong for the buck"

Perhaps not ;-)

Vivek . , Mar 02, 2005; 02:36 p.m.

My key board is acting up. Doused by too much coffee vapors, I suppose.

Soumyadip, what I meant say (considering your application, the choices and the price range) is that the 28-300mm Tamron zoom is worth considering as a good all around lens for the price.

Now let me double check before pushing the post button...

O.K. all clear :)

Bob Atkins , Mar 02, 2005; 03:44 p.m.

I'd go for the Nikon 70-300 ED. It has a good reputation and is better than most 300mm zooms.

I wouldn't get either Vivitar lens.

BTW I don't think mountains are normally classified as "wildlife"!

angelo smaldo , Mar 04, 2005; 05:04 a.m.

if you want photograph mountain maybe is better a wide angle;-)

btw, the vivitar 100 400 if i m not wrong is done by cosina (you can find soligor, phoenix, cosina 100 400) all the same

is the worst optically in the range of that focal lenght

the best in mtf test is the sigma 70 300 Macro II (or 75 300 i dont remeber exacly)better then nikon same range lens

the right price of a 100 400 vivar (cosina)is less then 100 USD;-) if you find it for 50 buy it ;-)

Petre Petrov , Mar 13, 2005; 01:00 p.m.

By far the best in the 70-300 range (and this price bracket) is the now almost extinct Sigma APO 75-300mm f4.5-5.6. Note: not 70-300, and not f4. If you ever find this lens, grab it. I have it in Pentax mount and consider these the best $60 I ever spent. It is a bulky, somewhat akward-looking, metal-barrel lens with rotating front element. I suspect that it is identical in optical formula with the Nikon 75-300mm, also a great performer, but more expensive. Here's the Sigma, offered on eBay right now, in Canon mount: (link)

Yakim Peled , Mar 16, 2005; 07:50 a.m.

If your budget is very tight than the Sigma 70-300 APO II is optically the best of all x-300 cheap zooms.

Happy shooting ,

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