Nikon Nikkor AF 70-300 f/4-5.6 ED or not ED


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I've got a Nikon D50 and now I am faced with the inevitable task of adding more lenses. Now when I look at Nikon's web site they show 2 lenses - the AF 70-300 f/4-5.6 and Nikon Nikkor AF 70-300 f/4-5.6ED. But they differ greatly in price. Question is the ED worth the extra money? Any other telephotos in this bracket that I should be looking at. Also looking at wide angle lenses. Any suggestions.
Many thanks


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Neither - the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG is as good as the ED and saves you £100 or so. The non-ED G lens is, frankly, pants.

As for wide-angles, you have 5 choices:

Sigma 10-20mm - £300 or so
Sigma 12-24mm - £400 or so
Tokina 12-24mm - £280 or so
Tamron 11-18mm - £300 or so
Nikkor 12-24mm - £600 or so

The Nikkor is the best, but the Tokina is very, very close. Assuming you have the 18-55mm kit lens though, the Sigma 10-20mm gives you a bit more and less overlap.


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If you can stretch your budget to about £350, you should be able to bag a second hand Sigma 70-200mm f2.8. I have one and it's very sharp, has very fast focusing and offers the option of adding one of Sigma's 1.4x or 2x teleconverters to give you up to 280mm (f4) or 400mm (f5.6) respectively. Having had the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG, it's a good lens, but not one you'd probably hang onto for long ... with the relatively small maximum aperture it's not great in low light. If you can afford the better lens now, I'd take the opportunity.

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