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Old 18-01-2010, 17:18   #1 (permalink)
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I am new to photography - I have a Nikon D80 with 18-135 lense am now looking to get new lense as this one is no longer suiting my needs. I am looking to do more wildlife photography and the lense I am using just isn't getting on close enough. Went to Jessops today and he showed me the Nikon 70-300mm VR and Tamron 18-270mm VR. What would be the pros and cons of both - I had a Tamron 70-300 previously but didn't get on with it due to camera shake is the new one better?

If anyone could help a very confused lense buyer I would appreciate it.
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Old 18-01-2010, 17:44   #2 (permalink)
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The Tamron 18-270 is a really good general purpose lens. The 70-300 is better suited to your wildlife shots as it is a bit longer and has a lower zoom ratio which ought to improve quality a bit. The Nikkor 70-300vr gets good press as does the Sigma 70-300 APO which is cheaper and does not have stabilization.

You mention that previously you got camera shake when using long lenses. bear in mind that vr, although a very useful tool, does not work with moving subjects. Wildlife photographers got good shots before stabilization was invented so the answer to your camera shake is not technology, but improving your shooting technique. Stabilization is hyped up big time by all of the makers, but I think it is best used for static subjects in low light.
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A 70-300 will cover most subjects, I have one of these and it is really is a good lens.......but if I was buying again a 80-400 would suit me better....
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300mm's a reasonable reach and I reckon you'll get some pretty good shots

I aim for smaller birds and have now progressed to a Sigma 150-500mm OS (and here I'd not entirely agree with Graham as the stabilisation works fine on moving subjects if set correctly) with occasional addition of a 1.4x Teleconverter. Ultimately I'll probably splash out on a prime lens (something like the Canon 400mm f/5.6) in order to achieve that little bit more sharpness (though I'm more than happy with the Sigma at present)
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