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Old Feb 24, 2007, 12:41 PM   #1
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The D80 kits mostly available here feature a 18-70 Nikkor,a 18-135 Nikkor respectively; equally priced, roughly.

I consider buying a kit out of these, and am particularly fond of the WA works. But not that well equipped, moneywise, to be able to afford a dedicated WA lens of Nikon's.

Thus, the question: Are the two lenses in question equal on the WA side?

And - and this might out myself as an ignorant dumbie - what about converters (WA)? Are they a no-no in just every thinkable respect? Or do exist some "to be taken serious" out there?

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Old Feb 24, 2007, 1:44 PM   #2
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The focal length of your kit lens is a very personal choice. I would prefer the Nikkor 18-135mm lens myself. Yes, there are inexpensive/poor quality convertor lenses, but if you really like quality wide angle shots without a lot of image curvature,, take a look at the highly rated Tokina or Nikor 12-24mm lenses.

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Old Feb 24, 2007, 8:34 PM   #3
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Welcome.

Steps on deciding what to buy . . .

1) What do you want to do (shoot)?

2) What is your budget?

3) What equiptment will best accomplish the above?

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ps. Most people select the body first, then the lens(es). I recommend the other way around . . .

pps. for most people, resources ARE an issue & building their system takes time. This is not a bad thing. The best way to know what you want/ need is learned through experience with the equipment you('ll) have.

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Old Feb 25, 2007, 8:01 AM   #4
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fastglass wrote:
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[size="3"]Welcome.

Steps on deciding what to buy . . .

1)* What do you want to do (shoot)?

2)* What is your budget?

3)* What equiptment will best accomplish the above?
As I wrote, the kits are priced alike... Certainly, the 18-135 is bulkier&heavier; but if, in the WA area, it were exactly the same as the 18-70 - well, then why not take "more" for the buck (Euro resp.)? But if someone said that the WA performance of the 18-135 was inferior to the other, I would certainly not hesitate to take the kit with 18-70.
It is just that the longer focal ranges aren't that important to me, since I haven't got my tripod with me all the time.

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Old Feb 25, 2007, 9:57 AM   #5
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Both of the lenses (the 18-70mm and the 18-135mm) are equally good in the full wide angle, or the 18mm range. I have shot with both of the lenses and both are excellent. My thought was that with the 135mm focal length it might be a bit more useful/utilitarian to have a bit more reach at the 135mm end of the lens.

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Old Feb 25, 2007, 1:12 PM   #6
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Here's Thom Hogan's review of the 18-135, at some point he compared it with the 18-70.
http://bythom.com/18135lens.htm

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