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Old Mar 17, 2005, 7:06 AM   #1
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A few nights ago, a friend of mine came over with his Nikon D70 and the Nikon 75-300mm (non-ED) lens for me to play. I noticed that with good lighting outdoors the lens was fine but with less lighting available indoors, I was not able to get a clean / sharp / focused shoot between 200mm-300mm. Of course, there's ISO, shutter speed and aperture but this is coming from someone new to SLRs and manual photography therefore I was using the D70 in Full Auto (I will be taking a photography course later this spring / summer).

After this experience, I decided that my gear would consist of:
Nikon D70 with Nikon AF-S DX 18-70mm lens kit
Nikon AF 80-400mm VR lens
Nikon AF 50mm F1.8D

After discussing this little experience with a coworker, he suggest that I seriously look at the Minolta 7D because of the AS feature.

My question to Nikon D70 owners. If I get the 80-400mm VR lens, would I really need Vibration Reduction for anything else? What would be the benefit of owning the Minolta 7D for focal lengths less then 80mm? Even if I decide to get the Sigma 18-125mm DC lens with the Nikon D70 to use as a general walk-around / travel lens, would it benefit from any type of VR / AS at that focal length?
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