Nikon Telephoto

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Nikon Telephoto

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I'm in the market for a new lens for railfanning. I've found that I generally prefer the way telephoto shots come out compositionally, and as such have been shooting with a Nikkor 55-200 F4-5.6 G ED lens on my D7000 a lot lately. Unfortunately I'm not too happy with how this lens takes pictures; the shots seem to come out pretty soft overall (both in focus and color). I also shoot with a Sigma 18-50 F2.8 EX Macro HSM and a Nikkor 50 F1.8 D, both of which I am very happy with the picture quality (especially the prime lens), but again I do prefer the telephoto shots.

Any suggestions from the Nikon shooters on here for a better telephoto lens to add to my collection that won't break the bank (college student - no money!)? I've been looking on KEH and have found a few lenses that sound promising and are very reasonably priced, but I don't want to waste time and money on something that won't boost my image quality. I try to only buy bodies that have a built in AF motor to keep options wide for lenses and I don't mind if a lens isn't very well suited to video since I usually use my 50 for that, but if its suited well for video that's a nice plus.

This is an example of the kind of lenses I've been looking at, but I'm concerned it is just the same quality as the 55-200 I already have but just with a different zoom range:
https://www.keh.com/shop/nikon-nikkor-7 ... -55-1.html

Thanks for any advice you folks can give!

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Re: Nikon Telephoto

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Well, Telephoto lenses are more expensive overall, What Focal Length are you hoping for?

(Please get a lens hood...)
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Re: Nikon Telephoto

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The 55-200 is a kit lens so that explains why it isn't the sharpest. The 70-300 AF-P lens from KEH will not auto focus on your D7000.

I used a 70-300 AFS type G VR DX lens when I shot with Nikon's. It's a good lens & it will work on a D7000. Best read up on few lens reviews.

I have bought used from KEH & MPB.com. Both are good, but MPB usually gets my money.

Hope this helps.

Edit.... As Talk says, get a lens hood & use it.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/used/449 ... 56EALw_wcB

https://www.mpb.com/en-us/used-equipmen ... -if-ed-vr/
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Re: Nikon Telephoto

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Thanks for the feedback on that lens! I'm looking for a little longer on the zoon range for cheaper lenses; up to 200 or 300 mm. I unfortunately don't currently use a lens hood because my 55-200 is very well used and the hood doesn't snap into place anymore so it just works it's way off.

I did buy my body from KEH and had a great experience, I'll check out MBP too.

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Re: Nikon Telephoto

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Found this nice Nikon lens compatibility chart. You may find it useful.

https://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/compa ... y-lens.htm
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