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Old May 8, 2006, 4:48 PM   #1
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I just got a Nikon D70s and bought the Nikkor 70-300mm lens, which I love. However, I'd like to complement it with something that will allow closer shots--people, nearby scenery, etc.

The problem is, I don't want to break the bank. The options I've seen lately are:

Nikon 18-55mm
Sigma 28-70mm
Nikon 18-70mm

With the Sigma lens, I'd lose the first 10 mm, whereas the first Nikon, I lose the 15mm from 55mm to the 70mm that is part of the telephoto lens I already have. The Nikon 18-70mm, however, is much more expensive than the other two, and I'd like to find a viable alternative.

Do you think the 18-28mm I get are more or less important than the 55mm-70mm that I would lose? Or, is there another lens that I'm missing that could solve this connundrum? If you could direct me anywhere, I'd be very grateful.


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Old May 8, 2006, 5:54 PM   #2
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For myself I'd prefer to keep the 18mm this is a moderate wide angle. It's useful in confined spaces such as shots indoors or where you just can't move far enough back to get the subject in the frame.

The 55-70 range can also be useful at times but probably less so and there are alternatives such as using the 70-300 lens, moving a bit closer or cropping the resulting photograph.

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Old May 8, 2006, 7:25 PM   #3
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I agree. I doubt that you'll miss the 55-70 range....it is such a small range, and it is often just as easy to move a few feet closer. However, it is often harder to move back to capture more of a scene, especially when indoors. The difference between 18 and 28 is much more noticeable than the difference between 55 and 70.
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Old May 13, 2006, 11:44 PM   #4
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I did not use the 18-55 kit lens much. After 10 months with my D50 I just started playing with itand really love the lens. It is light, very sharp, smooth focusing. The 18-55 (27-80) is just right for general purpose.

Nikon D50 was a break trough which shake the DSLR world. It was not because of the superb body but also the superb 18-55 lens.

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Old May 14, 2006, 1:31 AM   #5
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Just picked up the 18-55 Nikon Nikkor for $102
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