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Old Jun 13, 2007, 5:21 AM   #1
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Which of these would be best ?

Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8


I`m still wondering which body i would buy between a D80 and a D40x , i think only the Nikkor will work on the D40 ? right ?
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Old Jun 13, 2007, 10:29 AM   #2
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I don't think the Tamron has a built in focus motor, although I could be wrong.
Why not just buy the D80 and not worry about those limitations if you can afford it.

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Old Jun 13, 2007, 2:19 PM   #3
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The Nikkor 18-70 is an excellent walk around lens.

It is not like a kit lens, the image quality is very very good.

I am using it on a D70S and I would not trade it for the 18-135.
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Old Jun 13, 2007, 3:59 PM   #4
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I would definitely go with the D80. I upgraded to it from the D50 and think it's a fantastic camera. For what really isn't an enormous price difference, you get a lot more camera. As for the lens issue, I have the 18-70...which of course was the kit lens of the D70. It is indded a high quality piece of glass for the price, and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it.
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Old Jun 13, 2007, 6:36 PM   #5
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I have both, and I keep the 17-50 on my camera all the time. They are both very good but the Tamron is so much better in low light.
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Old Jun 14, 2007, 9:16 AM   #6
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I was just wondering. How many cameras are you currently using? I saw your post in the canon forum, and i think i saw you using pentax gear as well. Don't get me wrong i love the idea of having more setups. I was just wondering.
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 5:06 AM   #7
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PhotoFusion2 wrote:
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The Nikkor 18-70 is an excellent walk around lens.

It is not like a kit lens, the image quality is very very good.

I am using it on a D70S and I would not trade it for the 18-135.

I have to give some disagreement here, as I use D70s with 18-135mm lens DX. That lens is pretty alright and gives sharp pictures, and yes though you have your opinion on it, and is respected. But I think the value of the 18-135mm lens is much more than the 18-70mm.

Get the D80 with the kit lens to begin with, and built from there, is my suggestion.

The Tamron lens is another different range of lens. That was built to be challenge the 17-55mm DX. Was said to be a good challenge and for the price is a very good lens as well. But for something to start with, the 18-135mm is definately not a bad start.

Many who cant afford the 18-200mm VR aims for the 18-135mm, or otherwise the 55-200mm VR which is more affordable.

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