I recently purchased a new Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Zoom Lens from eBay. I know the 28-300 covers a larger range but when I want to go wide, 28 isn’t usually wide enough on my d300 so I would end up carrying another lens regardless. Not to mention its almost half the price. I have read lots of great reviews on the lens describing it as sharp, fast to focus, and having very good VR. I agree on all points and see no use in repeating what everyone else says about the lens. I’ll just share a few photos I have taken with it…
Before I bought this lens, I rented a copy from lensrentals.com and took it to the NASCAR race at Darlington. Since the Darlington race is run at night, an f/2.8 or even f/4 lens would have been better, but I was still able to produce some fairly sharp photos of the action.
The photo below was shot during practice so the light was still very good. 300mm, ISO 200, f/8.0, and 1/1000s.
When the sun started setting the aperture had to open up and the ISO started climbing. This was at 180mm, ISO 900, f5.6, and 1/400s.
Below is a 100% crop of the same image. As you can see, sharpness is quite good, especially for a $500 lens.
As it got later in the evening, shooting conditions got worse, but at 300mm, ISO 2500, f/5.6, and 1/400s, I am still happy with the results for what I spent on this lens.
Sorry lensrentals.com, but unless I have a specific need, I will not be renting the 70-200 f/2.8 as often as I have been. Now if I can just find a $500 400-600mm zoom…