I know that opinions can vary but I really need some help. When I got my D5600 it had two kit lenes, the AF-P Nikor 18-55 3.5-5.G with VR & the AF-P Nikor 70-300 4.5-6.3 G ED without VR. I have had very pleasant experiences with the 18-55.
The 70-300 has been a disaster from day one. Perhaps its the lack of VR and my technique but the results have always been soft or blurry shots across the zoom range.
I just sent it back to Nikon for service and upon it's return I was advised it was within factory specs.
I'm not prepared to frustrate myself anymore trying to use something that I cant get to work. Hence the request for opinions...
I want to get a zoom in the 300 range or perhaps even 200 to replace it. A friend in the photography business is singing the praises of a recent Tamron release but its somewhere in the neighborhood of $800-$900. After my experiences with the $150 range Nikor (that is apparently within factory spec,) I don't want to go dirt cheap but $800-$900 is way out of my range. Any suggestions on a mid range (say $300-$500) zoom that performs well? The operant issue here is performs well. This Nikor has me a bit gun shy and I really want a glass with a good reputation for sharpness.
Thanks for taking the time to read this long post but my frustration level is kinda high