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Old Apr 6, 2006, 8:30 AM   #1
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Cameta auctions has the following two lens packages for the D50:

1)Tamron Autofocus 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical Autofocus zoom lens & Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD 1:2 Macro Autofocus Zoom Lens

Nikon 18-55mm DX f/3.5-5.6 AF-S Zoom lens & Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 AF Zoom Lens

Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8-4 DG zoom lens & Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro

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4) Nikon 18-55mm DX f/3.5-5.6 AF-S Zoom lens & Nikon 55-200mm AF-S DX Zoom Lens

Am I giving up alot with the less focal length of #4, also it does not appear the lenses has a macro mode.

Aftermarket prices on all these lens indicate they are all about the same price.

Assuming the prices are equal, which would you take?

Any info would be appreciated.
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Old Apr 6, 2006, 3:56 PM   #2
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I recently made a purchase with Cameta and went with #2. #4 cost a little more when I was shopping, but the 55-200 lens is supposedly better. I wouldn't pick #1 or #3 since the wide side is not wide at all.

The package I got was #2 with just the Nikon bag, not the one with extra battery and cleaning kit. I got it for $680. I then went to adorama and bought the 50mm 1.8, monopad (I already have a tripod) and 1Gig Ultra 2.

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Old Apr 6, 2006, 4:05 PM   #3
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1. no real knowledge but you do get a macro option which may be useful

2. the Nikon 18-55 kit lens is often reported as being better than expected for a kit lens, i have used it and like it. I have used the 70-300G on an old film camera and agains, considering it is a budget lens, i thought the results were nice and clean. it will probably work better on a digital body.

3. No idea, but the 70-300 is inferior to the APO version which costs about £80 more.

4. this was the kit that i bought and i was happy with it. Both lenses are surprisingly light, it is a good travel set. you are right, you will not get a dedicated macro feature. i mainly kept my 55-200 on the body all the time and have some nice shots that I am more than happy with. Some report it not being too fast to focus, but i have caught loads of birds mid air with mine.

I have just sold my 55-200 and bought the Sigma 70-300 APO macro, simply because i want greater reach for wildlife and the macro - but i miss the light and compact 55-200.

Strictly based on the packages that you list, I had your 4th choice andwould be happy to recommend it BUT if macro is very important to you, then you may want to take another option.
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Old Apr 7, 2006, 2:59 PM   #4
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hi all

I didn't get mine from the company you mention cuz i'm in england but i bought the d50 with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens and i am very happy with the kit lenses i too will be looking for a bigger lens but hopefully i wont have to sell the 55-200mm lens luckily i have got 2 other point and shoot cameras to ged rid so has to fund the big lens.

I now take my d50 everywhere i go well obviously not everywhere but ya know what i mean. i luv it i just cant get over the speed of the thing.

Like norm smith said a lot of people say the lenses arn't fast but i have nothing else to compare them to apart from my dimage a2 and my panny fz20 and boy this d50 is fast. Here is a pic taken with the d50 and the 55-2200mm lens again like norm smith this lens is my main lenseven indoors it performs quite well the 18-55 lens pefroms very well indoors.
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