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Deafjeff
14-11-2013, 06:54 PM
Hi we have a Nikon 55-200mm and we are toying with an idea to get a 55-300mm lens for DLP this weekend.. Would it make a huge different with zooming etc?

We wanted to get much of the castle as possible as well as all of the Christmas decorations etc.

keith
14-11-2013, 08:10 PM
Hi we have a Nikon 55-200mm and we are toying with an idea to get a 55-300mm lens for DLP this weekend.. Would it make a huge different with zooming etc?

We wanted to get much of the castle as possible as well as all of the Christmas decorations etc.

well yes on the one hand, 300 is significantly more than 200 and will get you a lot "closer" but you'll lose image quality because the larger the difference between the low and high (55 and 200 v 55 and 300) the chances are, the lower quality lens you'll get unless you pay a lot more money.

Personally I think 200 is a really nice compromise length. That nikon 55-200 is well made, it doesnt try too hard (like say 18-200) and as a result it's decent enough quality.

Dont forget you can always crop your images if you want to enlarge say the castle anyway.

Obviously your call but I wouldn't spend a bundle going from 200 to 300 personally

Deafjeff
14-11-2013, 09:25 PM
That is so helpful thank you so much

Tony G
14-11-2013, 09:33 PM
I bought my 300mm (Lumix micro thirds) lens to shoot the shuttle launch. One of the reasons I considered it was because its a 100-300mm lens, and the reviews all said it was amazingly clear at the telephoto end, as long as the aperture was stepped back by at least one.

Now, I'd really like to go back to Canon as I far preferred the software but it's this lens that keeps me from selling up.

Deafjeff
14-11-2013, 09:35 PM
Thanks Tony, I will give the crop a go, we only got iPhoto software so maybe we need to invest a good photo editing software....

Tony G
14-11-2013, 09:47 PM
iPhoto's not the worst thing in the world for basic editing. I'm hardly a power user, but I do have Photoshop and it's awesome - the newer versions are far easier to learn than the originals too, especially as there an a number of online tutorials to help you get to grips with it.

These days, I use it so rarely that I've forgotten most of it's features! Sadly, I'm more adept at Excel right now. :(

Britchick
14-11-2013, 10:05 PM
I bought my 300mm (Lumix micro thirds) lens to shoot the shuttle launch. One of the reasons I considered it was because its a 100-300mm lens, and the reviews all said it was amazingly clear at the telephoto end, as long as the aperture was stepped back by at least one.

Now, I'd really like to go back to Canon as I far preferred the software but it's this lens that keeps me from selling up.

And I have some canon lenses that keep me with them! lol don't do much photograph at the moment, should really make an effort

Deafjeff
14-11-2013, 10:12 PM
I feel the same..... got Nikon D3000 and 18-55 and 55-200 and hardly used them properly...