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Big TC

More help required - zoom lenses

Hello fellow enthusiastic photographers.

I'm about to purchase a Nikon D5000 for an amazing price (I haven't discovered the catch yet) and have been investigating a 70-300 macro zoom lens to go with it.

As funds are a bit tight for the lens, I'm going for a Sigma. I don't really understand the descriptions, but what is the difference between a Super DG Macro lens, as opposed to a DG Macro lens? Aprt from the obvious £50 price difference. The DG has 13 lens elements, whereas the Super DG has 14, and minimum apeture of 22 against the DG's 32.

So, will I  notice £50-worth of a difference between the lenses?
Matt

IIRC, DG are digital-compliant, rather than designed for digital DC models, and our EX DG 105mm Macro is very good. I don't know what Super denotes, as their top models used to be 'EX'.

Even the two pages on the Sigma site aren't forthcoming with any negligible differences, but state they're new lenses, so reviews should be coming right about now.
Boxer6

The zoom I have for my Nikon (D80) is a 70-300mm Tamron, with macro capability. It's not as good for macro as my Sigma 105mm, but saves carrying two lenses which is why I got it. I had a Nikkor 70-300mm originally, but sold it to finance the other two.

The D5000 is a cracking camera, though - you'll have hours of fun with it, I reckon!
DetmoldDick

I can not find anything that comes described as "super DG". maybe it's different here.  IT may refer to the APO model (the price difference would be about right). This lens has superior glass and coatings aimed at reducing abberations, haze and flare.

I doubt that you would notice much difference unless you enlarge your pictures greatly or are a pixel spotter.
Then again 50 quid is almost neither here nor there in camera terms and I would not take the risk and would dig a little deeper into my pockets.

If your pockets are really deep I would go for the stabilised version. At the 300mm end you will really notice the difference. I bought a VR lens and now hardly ever use anything else.....hands aren't as steady as they used to be.
That reminds me, I must put a few of my pics from my honeymoon up on here.
Matt

DetmoldDick wrote:

That reminds me, I must put a few of my pics from my honeymoon up on here.


Keep them clean

Congratulations, too.  
Big TC

DetmoldDick wrote:
That reminds me, I must put a few of my pics from my honeymoon up on here.


Struggling to think why you may have needed a telephoto lens, with Macro capability, on your honeymoon! Love to see the pics!

Thanks for the advice, btw!
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Just a quick thing....

Please make sure that the lens is compatible with your camera. The consumer level and more professional Nikon models differ in that the consumer ones have a focus motor in the lens whereas the higher end models have a focus motor in the camera body. If in doubt ask a dealer.

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