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Old 09-21-2017, 11:24 PM   #7
Noct Foamer
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The best 300mm zoom is the latest Nikon 70-300mm AF-P. They run $200 new. Looks like it is fully compatible with D3300.

This sound like the best bargain. It is a sharp lens.

The Sigma is interesting and has received fairly good reviews too. However, I did read that it flares a little easy when strong direct light hits it--not the best thing for a lens used to photo choo-choos. On the plus side it will work to photo wildlife too.

Another option is a used Nikon 300mm f4 AFS, for around $500. Excellent sharpness and is a fast f4. Downsides are no VR so I would mostly only use it on a tripod. Also won't zoom. I'm looking for a used 300mm f4 AFP and TC-1.4III myself, but those will run well over $1,000. The Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR is another outstanding lens, and I see them used on ebay for $700-800. Add a TC-14e at some point and you get to 280mm f5.6. To further complicate things, Tamron is coming out with a 100-400mm VC f6.3. All in all, you best value is probably the Nikon 70-300mm f6.3 AFP. If you want a step up from that, it's the Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR. I nearly bought one last spring to replace my Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR, but finally decided I just don't shoot zoom lenses enough to warrant it.

Kent in SD

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