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Old 24th May 2005, 01:06   #1
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hi guys i need some help regarding camera lenses.
i have a NIKON D100 along with 3 decent lenses ( 2 regulars and one 70-300 zoom). i am planning to buy a good quality Telephoto lens priced around 15k (possibly a brand new NIKKOR) and a converter of around 3 to 5x capability.
please suggest place to buy in mumbai or pune.
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Old 24th May 2005, 01:12   #2
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Try this store in Dadar ..
Go to there site on the following url.
http://www.jjmehta.com/aboutus.html
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Old 24th May 2005, 09:07   #3
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i am planning to buy a good quality Telephoto lens priced around 15k (possibly a brand new NIKKOR)
Are sure about the budget? A Quality telephoto lenes is not possible in this price range.

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and a converter of around 3 to 5x capability.
Teleconverters exist only for 1.4x and 2.0x. May be u can buy two 2.0x put them in serial and use it. Also before buying them, check if ur existing lens will work with them. For ex that 70-300 will not work with them. Also the optical quality will degrade by their usage.
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70-300 is already a good range, beyond that only lens with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) makes any sense. Without OIS , you have to use tripod or something similar to reduce camera shake.
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Old 24th May 2005, 22:35   #5
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hey thanks gkrishn for the info ... one guy from mumbai told me that converters are available upto 8x range - even i was quite surprised to hear that...

one mistake on my side - i am looking for telephoto lens around 25-30k (not 15k..... got a 24-120 lens for same camera for about 18k )

and yes SMG, i am lookin out for lens with OIS or VR( thats what they call it for a nikkor lens).. and already have a tripod with me
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You may want to consider buying a compatible 500mm mirror lens as well as a 2x converter if a powerful telephoto is what you're looking for. You'll lose depth of field owing to the cheaper optics and the addition of a converter will only worsen image quality while bringing in a host of other gremlins.

But hey, you can probably find a 500mm mirror lens for around 5-7.5k, whch makes it a rather nice cheap high power lens to have as part of your arsenal.

Phoenix/Samyang and Vivitar are OK brands to look for.

Here's an example:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...516991292&rd=1

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one mistake on my side - i am looking for telephoto lens around 25-30k
A good telephoto lens from camera maker (Nikon in your case) would cost way above your mentioned price.

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Teleconverters exist only for 1.4x and 2.0x. May be u can buy two 2.0x put them in serial and use it. Also before buying them, check if ur existing lens will work with them. For ex that 70-300 will not work with them. Also the optical quality will degrade by their usage.
A 1.4X converter will cut down your opening by 1/2 stops. Example: A lens with maximum opening of f3.5 will be f5.6 and for using 2X converter, it'll be slightly less than f5.6. Not to mention the quality drop.

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70-300 is already a good range, beyond that only lens with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) makes any sense. Without OIS , you have to use tripod or something similar to reduce camera shake.
Lens having image stabilizer would be way expensive than 25-30k. A 70-200 IS lens cannot be cheaper than 90k unless second hand or badly used.

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You may want to consider buying a compatible 500mm mirror lens as well as a 2x converter if a powerful telephoto is what you're looking for.
A mirror lens or catadioptric lens will have only one opening. 500mm lens will have f8 and 1000mm will have f11. Quality cannot match with a regular lens. Only thing going for any mirror lens is it's price and weight.
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You might want to check this:

Nikon Zoom Telephoto AF VR Zoom Nikkor 70-200mm
f/2.8D G-AFS ED-IF Autofocus Lens (Vibration Reduction) - Black *Body

US Price: $1449.45

Description:

Silent Wave Motor for ultra-high-speed autofocusing and super-quiet operation
VR (Vibration Reducution) operation offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 3 stops faster.


The best lens in this range. Sharp! Fast! VR! Heavy, but not unacceptably so. Great flexibility. Becomes a Macro with extension tubes (get the Kenko's). The 1.4x tele-extender is as sharp at 300mm f4 as the Nikon 300mm f4 prime. Spanks the 80-400mm VR in every way except price. Cool looking hood. It really is one of the greats.


OR

This:

Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor Lens (vibration reduction) with hb-24 hood & cl-m1 soft case - USA with 5 Year U.S.A. Warranty

US Price: $1329

Description:

Result of VR (Vibration Reduction) is equivalent to using a shutter speed three f/stops faster

VR is automatically detected during panning operation. Two modes of VR: Image plane and Viewfinder

3 ED glass for high resolution and high contrast even at maximum apertures

Filter does not rotate during zooming

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Old 29th May 2005, 02:35   #9
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thanks for the info guys.. i have decided to wait for some time so that i could get the 80-400 VR lens from US

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