But then, in times where reporting from sickening conflicts with marauding and completely demented freedom-fighters-terrorists I must introduce a cheap lens you can put on a cheaper camera, like a D200 or something from Cannon or Sony.
Reporting from such countries like Egypt, Saudistan, Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya and not to mention Syria you will 100 % come across of one of these "security-confiscation-dump-heads”. He can take your camera, just make sure you get the card out before he satisfies his obsession with “security” by confiscating your camera. The quality which i coming out with the lens is stunning.
Actually don’t like to use “rubber lenses” too much compromising and too little quality and then this: Last weekend a friend have had a 16-300. He used it for taking shots from parachuters as we were still hanging in the air. Yes, 16-300 and then not even Nikon: a Tamron... Tamron is a supplier for Nikon...
Still, I was not convinced. Testing on a new D810i, then on a older D800 and then with my Rottweiler cameras which I use when out in the fields in rain and mess, an old D200 a D80. Ok, the weight is nice, not too heavy, approximately the same as my beloved 2.8 : 180... Autofocus fast enough. Just check the spec via the link below, Tamron does not give a lens for free, so I don't advertise for free. Even as a non rubber-lens (zoom-lens) user, I found the lens really easy to handle.
What convinced me later was as I looked at the images on the laptop. This lens is certainly better as Nikons 70-300 for the DX cameras. So I checked out prices. Here in France they sales octopus, called Amazon, offers them already for bit more then € 500. So I called my pro dealer in Frankfurt, Germany. He was confused to have such request, but after exchanging some jokes he came up with a similar price.
Here are the specs : http://www.tamron.eu/lenses/16-300mm-f35-63-di-ii-vc-pzd/