I have Nikon D3400 camera and I want to buy a 70-300mm lens to take pictures of the moon. I have four options based on my limited budget:

  1. Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens
  2. Sigma 70-300mm 4-5.6 DG Lens
  3. Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens
  4. Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED Telephoto Lens

Please help and advice.

closed as off-topic by Philip Kendall, Olivier, scottbb, Michael C, inkista Oct 9 '17 at 22:18

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  • Flagged as off-topic (product recommendation). If you solely want to take moon picture, why a zoom? Why not a mirror lens (catadioptric lens)? – Olivier Oct 8 '17 at 17:54

At 300mm the moon is still only going to fill a small portion of the frame. You'll be able to see that it's the moon, but you'll also have a lot of empty space around it and not much detail. Ideally, if you want to fill most of the frame, you want somewhere in excess of 1000mm for a crop sensor camera.

It might be worth having a look at some of the 90-100mm aperture Maksutov Cassegrain telescopes - I used to have a Meade 90mm scope with a 1000mm focal length that was also usable (with a suitable adapter and T ring) as a manual focus f11 camera lens - it worked well for moon photos, or as a long mirror lens for wildlife (though adding an improvised lens hood helped with the contrast for daytime use). Celestron's old nexstar 4 and current 4SE scopes also do well for lunar photos, and other brands like Orion and Skywatcher also do similar scopes. Also, worth checking the used market - you can often make significant savings over buying new that way.

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