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Old Dec 22, 2003, 9:56 PM   #1
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Getting ready to purchase a D100 or the new D70. I need some help in buying lenses. I'm used to a zoom lens on a film camera (nikkor 28-200). Would that be suitable for a DSLR. How about that Sigma 28-3000, or any 28-3000.

I would like some specific suggestions to help me get started and would like to have some breadth from wide angle to tele. Thanks for your help.
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Old Dec 22, 2003, 10:47 PM   #2
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Hi Red,
I have the D100 and have a 28-105 and a Sigma 70-300 which is a little weighty, not too bad though. IMHO, I think the 28-300 would be a good all around lens, I'd just find a light weight one though.
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Old Dec 23, 2003, 7:35 AM   #3
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Red, Like Chrisr I use the Nikon AF 28-105. With the 1.5 crop imposed by the CCD that "equates" to about 40-160. It's a nice enough lens and the focal length range is ok for me, but not very wide angle. It does have the advantage of a good macro facility though.

My other telephoto lens is the AF-S 70-200 VR and I'm very please with that, but again far from wide angle.

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Old Dec 23, 2003, 11:34 AM   #4
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Red,

How much money are you willing to spend, and how many lenses are you willing to get? And there is always the question of how much does amazing quality matter? The usual rule (but not always true) is that the more you spend the better you get. The other rule (not always true) is shorter the zoom (the less range it covers) the better it is. Its just generally harder to make big zooms than smaller ones. There are some exceptions (like the Sigma 50-500) but in general it seems to be true.

So if you really care about high quality pictures and are willing to spend the money, you might consider getting two lenses. One that covers the wide angle and one that covers the telephoto. After the 1.5x crop factor of those cameras, you might consider something with a wide end wider than 28. That becomes 42mm on those cameras. Not that wide, really.

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Old Jan 15, 2004, 8:58 AM   #5
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Default I have a Sigma 28~300 CHZ

That's the lens that stays on my camera most of the time and I've been very satisfied with it. For the price it works well and covers a huge range. I will say that I experienced an odd problem with it. The first one I had would generate an abberation in the image when stopped down to smaller apertures - pretty much anything over about an f/9 or so. It would create a washed out hot spot in the center of the image. I returned it to Sigma and they decided it was unrepairable and sent me a replacement. Oddly, I've had the replacement do it a few times as well, but only rarely and not nearly as badly, so I've hung onto it. Anyone else experienced this?
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Old Jan 17, 2004, 8:57 AM   #6
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The new Tamron 17-35 2.8 will cover the wide side. There's $500 spent. Either the 28-105 Nikkor or 28-200 Nikkor for the middle. About $300 for either. A lens some people rave about is the $100 70-300 G Nikkor. Has virtually the same specs as the pricier ED lens in the same length. How can you go wrong for $100? Also for a $100, the Nikkor 500mm 1.8, a great lens. You don't need a ton of money to get started with decent lenses.
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Old Jan 27, 2004, 5:57 PM   #7
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Did you see what Rutz Camera is advertising for a package deal?
Nikon - D100 Digital SLR Camera w/Sigma Two-Lens Kit - for $1729.95
Sigma 28-80mm Autofocus Lens
Sigma 70-300mm Autofocus Lens
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Old Jan 27, 2004, 11:24 PM   #8
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It's about a month later and here's what I bought. The Tamron 2.8 17-35, Nikkors 28-200, 70-300 G, 1.8 50, 28-105. After reading so many favorable reviews, I have the VR 24-120 on order, which will probably push aside the excellent 28-105. I will sell any extra on ebay. Probably will keep the 50 and 70-300 because they are only $100 apiece. How can you go wrong at that price?
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You'll be very happy with the 24-120 - it's been my "go to" lens for years (I have the pre-VR version). Make sure you pick up the sun shade for it also to help with lens flare.

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It's about a month later and here's what I bought. The Tamron 2.8 17-35, Nikkors 28-200, 70-300 G, 1.8 50, 28-105. After reading so many favorable reviews, I have the VR 24-120 on order, which will probably push aside the excellent 28-105. I will sell any extra on ebay. Probably will keep the 50 and 70-300 because they are only $100 apiece. How can you go wrong at that price?
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Old Jan 29, 2004, 11:32 PM   #10
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Getting ready to purchase a D100 or the new D70. I need some help in buying lenses. I'm used to a zoom lens on a film camera (nikkor 28-200). Would that be suitable for a DSLR. How about that Sigma 28-3000, or any 28-3000.
I would recommend the following: (1) The new AFS 18-70G with the D70, and (2) the Nikon 70-300G if $$$ is tight or the Sigma 70-200 F2.8. In this way, you have a continuous coverage from 28-105mm (by the 18-70) and 105-450mm (by the 70-300G) or 105-300mm (by the Sigma 70-200). Don't go with the 28-200 or 28-300 versions unless you wish to travel light because their optical quality is considerably worse then AFS 18-70G for sure. In fact, the 28-200 Nikkor only gives you 42-300 on D100 and D70. Thus, you do not have wide angle at all.

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