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AF Zoom-Nikkor Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens

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Old Monday 7th January 2008, 16:47   #1
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AF Zoom-Nikkor Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens

Culd anyone tell me if this lens would work on autofocus witha D40x. thanks
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Old Monday 7th January 2008, 17:33   #2
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Culd anyone tell me if this lens would work on autofocus witha D40x. thanks
I dont think this is an AF-S lens (ie has got its own focussing motor) so no it wont.
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Old Monday 7th January 2008, 17:37   #3
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Culd anyone tell me if this lens would work on autofocus witha D40x. thanks
http://www.nikonians.org/cgi-bin/dcf...m=DCForumID201

I believe it will work but only as a manual focus since the D40 does not have an AF motor drive... Look at the rear of the lens -- if it has a slotted head screw for the AF drive - it'll be a manual focus lens on the D40/D40X
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Old Monday 7th January 2008, 17:56   #4
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you want the AF-s f4.5-5.6 70-300 to auto focus with the d40x
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Old Tuesday 8th January 2008, 14:37   #5
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AF Zoom-Nikkor Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens

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I have this lense and I can confirm it does auto focus in Aperture Mode on both my D70s & D200.

Infact for the money, it is an excellent lense, I use it as my second lense and is pretty sharp upto 250mm.

Great for landscape photos also.
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Old Tuesday 15th January 2008, 01:11   #6
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The 70-300 VR is a silent wave motor lens, but the old AF lenses are not. I use the VR lens on my D40, D80 and new D300.
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The 70-300 VR is a silent wave motor lens, but the old AF lenses are not. I use the VR lens on my D40, D80 and new D300.
How are you finding it on your D80? I have a Sigma 70-300mm DG lens I use on my D80 and, while it's not bad, I'm looking at the Nikon VR 70-300 to replace it basically because of the VR feature. I'd like the 80-400 VR but at nearly a grand it's too expensive at the moment.
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Old Tuesday 15th January 2008, 23:14   #8
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How are you finding it on your D80? I have a Sigma 70-300mm DG lens I use on my D80 and, while it's not bad, I'm looking at the Nikon VR 70-300 to replace it basically because of the VR feature. I'd like the 80-400 VR but at nearly a grand it's too expensive at the moment.
You know, it's a mixed bag with the 70-300 VR. Some days I love it, and some days I think it's soft and swear I'll get rid of it. Last weekend I took several images in Miami at Fairchild Botanical Gardens using my D300 and that lens. I loved it. The images were sharp and contrasty, so maybe when I don't like it, it's my fault or technique. In other words, I'm very happy with it now, but next week I might be saving for a 70-200 f2.8 and a 300 f4 prime.

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I forgot to mention the D80. It works wonderfully on it. Early on I tried panning at Pelicans and Gulls at the beach for practice. I want to learn to become a better bird photographer like many I see in these galleries. I used the D80 and this VR lens, but had many horrible results. I couldn't get a sharp picture for the life of me. I tried and tried. It turns out, as usual, it was my technique, not the lens and VR. I knew that the VR couldn't help subject blur but it wasn't even helping my hands vibrating. The problem was that you have to be careful with the VR. It takes a half to one second for the VR to engage. As you're panning, you must have luck and must start the VR a little before finally pressing the full shutter release. I'm having better luck now, and the VR does help a lot.
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Thanks Craig. I am seriously considering one of those lenses.
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Thanks Craig. I am seriously considering one of those lenses.
When I get to England this May, you can try mine.
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Just add a thought on the 70-300 VR zoom lens.

This was the first lens that I used for birding. For me, I found the lens to be too short. I'm currently using a 500 mm lens sometimes with a 1.4 and 2 teleconverters. This works much better for the kind of birding I do.

Having just said that, I find the lens to be excellent to to photograph my kids' sports. The size, weight, aperature, zoom range, vibration reduction, and rapid focus are fantastic for hand held use following rapid action all over the playing field in bright sunlight.
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