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Log Jun 3, 2006 7:49 PM

my friend is selling their sigma 24-70mm F3.5-5.6for $140... should i buy it (hes only had for 2 months) or just get the kit lens for my D50 which cost just about the same... any feelings... i just want a wider lens b/c im getting the 70-300 apo macro from sigma and thats not too wide... comments?


edit: or should i consider the sigma 28-70mm F2.8-4 DG

sorry just a newbie trying to get started...

bassithound Jun 4, 2006 5:07 AM

His price is higher than a new lens shipped from a reputable mail order dealer such as or If you are talking the nikkor 18-55 it is far superior than the other two. I purchased my D50 with the Tamron 70-300 and Nikkor 28-80. I have since purchased the Tamron 18-200, and find I am using that almost exclusively. The Sigma version is also recommended by many. You might want to consider the 18-200, and if you really need the reach, save up for the 135-400 or 170-500. I find I only use the 70-300 when I want to go 300mm for nature shots. The 18-200 handles most nature situations, and does a nice job a the wide end for landscapes, with plenty of room for portraits in between. It is very compact compared to the 70-300. The 18-200 also focuses faster than the 70-300 kit lens.

Dave in NJ

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