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Old Mar 7, 2005, 2:15 PM   #1
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I want to comlementent my 18-70 that came with my D70 and start to build my Nikon lens collections ina reasonable manner. I had a Dimage 7i and loved having a big zoom range. on my old manual focus minolta I had a 28-105 and a 70-210. I did find myself switching len ses a bit much.

I am thinming of buying a lens now and then add maybe another one over the next 2 years.

I travel a bunch and shoot architecture and a lots of people. I like to blow my images up to 20x30. Thus, for travelling 1 lens would be an advantage.

2 main ideas here... get a telezoom (80-200 or 70-300) and always have to carry 2 lenses or get the 28-200 and be able to have a nice universal lens? For the couple rare occasions when I want to use a wide angle I could carry the 18-70.

i like to stick to Nikon lenses so I am looking at the:

Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED ($300)
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED (or G) ($150-$300)
Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED ($800)

Of course for low lite situations a 2.8 would be nice... but thats a heavy lens. For that weight I could get a 80-400 :-)

From past use, I dont think I NEED that far telephoto (300mm or 400mm) too much, but that could change.

I would have bought this one (Nikkor 70-210mm f/4-5.6D), but prices on ebay are crazy!

So, between the 3 lenses, I wonder about a couple points:
-AF speed
-image quality
-what do I give up for using a lens with such a big range (28-200)

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Old Mar 8, 2005, 3:00 PM   #2
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All of the lens listed in the sub $300 will be slow focuser

In the low end range (sub $300) Sigma has probably better offerings than Nikon.

They are coming with a new series of DG (Lense for Digital Camera) lenses and they will have a 18-200 that will at least cover the wide angle. I expect this lens to be an excellent alternative to the Nikon 28-200. Go to this link and look at the what's new section: http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/

They will also have DG version of their excellent 70-200 F2.8 and 120-300 F2.8 EX lens.

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Old Mar 9, 2005, 12:29 PM   #3
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Guess I'll just tack on a question.

How good is the Sigma 70-300mm lens? Compared to the Nikon ED or G of the same, which one would be the better buy?

(I have the Nikon D70 with the kit lens.)
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Old Mar 9, 2005, 1:58 PM   #4
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That specific sigma lens seems to be the best buy on the low end 70-300 zoom lens.


There is a alot of different sigma 70-300 lens. That one is the one to get and it should cost you around $200 usd.

I have the Nikon 70-300G...but i would get the Sigma with what i know now.
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Old Mar 21, 2005, 1:51 PM   #5
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I decided against the 70-300, saving my $ for a a 70-200/2.8 + teleconverter or a 200-400.

So for now I got the Nikkor 28-200. Its a pretty small lens andfocusses pretty fast when in the 'limit' mode.

Havent had time to fully compare image quality with the kit lens, but on first glance looks pretty nice.
Its quite usefull to have a "allround" lens to tote around.

One caveat is that you cannot override the autofocus with the manual focus ring like one can do in the kit lens. One needs to put the lens into manual focus mode... bummer. this is a great feature to have when the focus hunts around a bit too long, such as in dark rooms.
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