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Old Dec 29, 2006, 10:06 AM   #1
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My wife enjoys photography. She mostly takes outdoor action shots of our sons racing ATV cross country events. She has a Nikon N65 and several digital cameras Kodak, & Panasonic Lumix). She is currently using the Lumix, but we feel the need to step up to a DSLR. It has been our experience that we have too many compromises with the digital cameras as opposed to her N65. I really like the Nikon and will probably choose the D50 or D70.

My first question is, will the lens on the N65 work on a D50 (D70)?

The N65 lens is a: Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.3-5.6 G.

My second question is:
In addition to the N65 lens, I would like to purchase another lens with more zoom capabilities. She has need to be able to zoom in on the racing action with fast moving subjects. Keep in mind, these are all outdoor shots generally with plenty of sunshine. The Lumix has plenty of zoom capabilities, so what would be a good compromise lens for a D50? Her cameras are used in extreme conditions and most are posted to our web site and/or printed as poster for our own enjoyment. It doesn't have to be top of the line, just a good solid lens that gets good results.

She is not a professional photographer, and has no desire to be. She just enjoys taking actions shots of her "boys" and friends.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Old Jan 2, 2007, 8:41 PM   #2
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1) Yes. The AF lens you already have will work just fine.

2) The 70-300AF "G" series lens is a STEAL. $125 to $150 depending on whether you want "gray market" or USA warranty.
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I would suggest getting the 18-55 kit lens rather than using the old 28-80 - it is a more useful range (about the equivalent to the 28-80).

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Old Jan 3, 2007, 5:41 AM   #4
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I would suggest getting the 18-55 kit lens rather than using the old 28-80 - it is a more useful range (about the equivalent to the 28-80).

Keith.
...And a better lens. The 28-80 is generally regarded as one of the worst kit lenses Nikon has ever producec.
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Old Jan 5, 2007, 6:47 AM   #5
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Better that you use the 28-80mm you already have and when you get close to its limitations, get a better quality lens. The 18-55mm is a mediocre lens as well so buying it instead of the 28-80mm wouldn't be such a spectacular idea.
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