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Old Oct 3, 2006, 2:10 AM   #1
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I'm going to purchase the D70s as my first DSLR and now I'm trying to decide if I should go with a kit or just the body and purchase the lens separately.

I borrowed a film SLR with a 28-80 and 70-300 lens and seem to be switching the lenses off and on. I'll be taking photos of my daughter and nature. I love shallow DOF photos of people. I also discovered that I like the ability of the 70-300 for distant shots of nature (ie. elk, deer, geese, etc). I'm going to set up a portrait studio in my home to practice taking portraits. I'm having a hard time deciding which lens(s) to purchase for my needs. I would like to start out with 2 lenses that aren't too expensive (approx. $300-$350 US max for both). What would you suggest?

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Old Oct 3, 2006, 12:59 PM   #2
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Your budget doesn't leave too much flexibility, But I would suggest picking up the Kit D70 lens (The 18-70mm) And then buying either a nikon or sigma 70-300mm lens

That will put you just under your budget I think, Also the sigma 70-300mm has a macro function just in case you wanted that (1:2 i think)
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Old Oct 4, 2006, 11:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for your suggestion. Is there a large difference in the Nikon 28-80 and the 18-70 kit lenses?

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Thanks for your suggestion. Is there a large difference in the Nikon 28-80 and the 18-70 kit lenses?

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the 28-80 kit lens was released with some of the recent film bodies, and is generally considered a pretty poor performer. The 18-70 on the other hand is designed for digital and generally considered one of the better Kit lenses available.
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Would give the Sigma 70 300 a miss if I were you fine up to 200mm very soft thereafter. The 18 70 Nikon even though marketed as a kit lens is outstanding I use one with a D200 and produce pin sharp 30" x 20" prints
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Old Oct 5, 2006, 2:12 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input. I'll probably go with the 18-70 kit lens and purchase the Nikor 70-300 lens separately.

I've also noticed the Nikon 18-55 lens coming with the D70s, is this a good performing lens?
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Thanks for the input. I'll probably go with the 18-70 kit lens and purchase the Nikor 70-300 lens separately.

I've also noticed the Nikon 18-55 lens coming with the D70s, is this a good performing lens?
It's a solid performer. It won't win any awards, but is fast focusing, small and lightweight. I find the zoom range to be a bit limiting. It does offer a lot of bang for the buck.
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