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D5000 zoom lens

Cynthia Gillespie , May 20, 2010; 02:48 p.m.

I purchased the Nikon D5000 with the following lenses.... Nikon - Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom Lens and the 18-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 DX Nikkor lens With 3x zoom. AF-S ... I am looking for more zoom power. I am looking to shoot from 6 - 10ft to capture a bird or detail of a butterfly etc... suggestions please.

Thank you very much for your time and efforts,


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Wouter Willemse , May 20, 2010; 02:59 p.m.

Dear Cynthia,
The types of lenses you'd be looking for to do that are heavy and expensive. Capturing details of a butterfly from 10 ft will be in need of an incredibly expensive lens.
So, first, what would be your budget?

Maxime Gousse , May 20, 2010; 03:37 p.m.

I used to own a Nikon 70-300 VR lens. Sold it. Got the Sigma 150-500 OS HSM. Never looked back.

Cynthia Gillespie , May 20, 2010; 07:43 p.m.

hummm Okay maybe not a butterfly but at least a bird with nice clarity and definition.
About 500. - 700.00 I was thinking? Nikon - 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Telephoto Lens ?

Thank you all for your in put and experience !!!!

Alvin Yap , May 21, 2010; 05:34 a.m.

Here's an example taken using a 300/4 AF-S plus TC14EII (this gives 420mm), on a dx crop camera at the closest focusing distance.
Butterfly On Flower
For insects, I've gotten much closer using a macro lens and it works fairly well so long as you don't scare the critter off. Birds I can't say as I only shoot them when I get the opportunity. To pull out alot of detail you;d probably want the longest lens you can afford, and a good solid tripod, perhaps even a gimbal?


Wouter Willemse , May 21, 2010; 11:01 a.m.

Cynthia, the lens you quote is a very nice lens, and in fact within your budget in my view the only serious contender (the rest is simply more expensive or not as good). However, the difference between 200mm you have now versus 300mm is not enormous, so maybe it is a good plan to first try one in a store to see if it delivers what you hope for; else you can better pocket the money and keep saving for a more substantial solution.

roman margulis , May 21, 2010; 11:17 a.m.

I have Nikon D5000 also and would like to know if auto focus will work with Nikon 70mm - 300mm f/4-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR.

Shun Cheung , May 21, 2010; 11:24 a.m.

I have Nikon D5000 also and would like to know if auto focus will work with Nikon 70mm - 300mm f/4-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR.

The D5000 will auto focus with all Nikon AF-S lenses. AF-S means there is a silent-wave auto focus motor inside the lens. I think that lens would be a good choice for the OP's needs. Anything longer will be hard to handle and you are talking about using a tripod; that may be good for birds but certainly not butterflies.

John Tran , May 21, 2010; 12:59 p.m.

shoot from 6 - 10ft to capture a bird or detail of a butterfly

If they are flying, that's tough. If they stand still get the longest lens that you can afford, there's no need for zooming, a prime lens is better. How long you can go is up to your bank account

Cynthia Gillespie , May 21, 2010; 01:18 p.m.

I am talking about objects that are still... not flying. A bird in a tree, butterfly on a plant... I would like to stay between 500 - 700.00

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