Excellent for portrets

Started Jan 30, 2012 | User reviews
cloudnine New Member • Posts: 6
Excellent for portrets
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Pretty sharp for portraits. Compact for the focal distance 300mm. Even though, it becomes softer at longer zoom distances. Very soft beyond 200mm. I've pushed myself to use this lens not once. Nevertheless, I've found that the combination of Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm + Sigma (macro)105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM + Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF is much more useful and flexible for me.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Telephoto zoom lens • Nikon F (FX) • 2161
Announced: Aug 9, 2006
cloudnine's score
3.5
Average community score
4.4
DSLR depreciation rules New Member • Posts: 1
Re: Excellent for portrets
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The comparison of a $400 telephoto zoom to "a combination of Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm + Sigma (macro)105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM + Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF" is a bit absurd.

Of course a set of 3 lenses, including a $1,000+ telephoto prime and an $800 macro prime is going to be higher quality and more versatile than a single, entry level tele zoom.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7 Nikon D70 Nikon D200 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF +1 more
brightcolours Forum Pro • Posts: 15,883
Ok, I tried to make sense of it, but I failed.
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cloudnine wrote:

Pretty sharp for portraits.

Any lens can be pretty sharp for portraits. What sets a lens apart for portraits is the ability to separate the subject from the background, and/or the smoothness of bokeh.

Compact for the focal distance 300mm. Even though, it becomes softer at longer zoom distances.

That does not sound good, softness for a lens one buys for its 300mm.

Very soft beyond 200mm.

That sounds bad.

I've pushed myself to use this lens not once.

And did you succeed to not use this lens at all?

Nevertheless, I've found that the combination of Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm + Sigma (macro)105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM + Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF is much more useful and flexible for me.

Try a Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, it is not that soft in the long end.

So, you found this lens to be soft at the long end, and not very useful for you. Yet you score it highly??

Johannes Zander Regular Member • Posts: 406
Re: Excellent for portrets
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Excellent Review! You may now move on to cloud ten.

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Nikon 1 V1 Nikon D4S Nikon Z6 Nikon Z50 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF +21 more
calinskie New Member • Posts: 1
Re: Excellent for portrets

Hello bless day, i am planning to upgrade my lens for my nikon d3000, i just want to ask if this (IMPORTED) Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6 G Lens 70-300 f4-5.6 (Black) compatible with my nikon d3000.

Hope to hear from you soon... thank you

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