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Old Aug 23, 2010, 4:14 PM   #1
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ok i'm contemplating getting a nikon dslr depending on specs etc of the d400 when it appears to replace my pentax k-7

so was looking at the lenses available and am struggling with what i would have thought to be the easiest one to chose

i would want a fast normal zoom in and around the 18-50mm range constant f2.8 and vibration reduction - but the only lens i can see lacks the VR

that would leave me getting a sigma lens - which i admit i use a sigma on my pentax but only because there have been some quality control issues with the pentax DA*16-50mm's autofocus motor

sure its maybe not critical on most things at these focal lengths but in low light condidtions it can help get the shot

so does such a lens exist and just not stocked where i'm searching in the right place or does nikon not do such a lens? ironically i wanted to switch to nikon for better telephoto lens choice but seems if i'm gonna struggle with the other end of the spectrum now
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Old Aug 23, 2010, 4:39 PM   #2
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Sigma has the 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM, the 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM, and the 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM, and Tamron has the SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF). None of which is aprticularly good (or as good as the unstabilized counterparts) and the one that isn't bad, and is inexpensive, isn't particularly fast.

Nikon doesn't have any stabilized, large aperture, standard zooms of its own.

Canon has the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS, which is very good, but it's $1,060.

You might be better off sticking with Pentax for this. Both Sigma and Tamron make alternatives to the Pentax 16-50/2.8.
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well the 24-70, but that is a wallet full
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from what i saw the 24-70 wasn't stablized either and that more a ff lens anyway and since i'm more of a wild life kinda guy i like the extra effective focal length of aps-c
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You aren't going to find a 2.8 stabilized under a 70-200, the closet is the 16-35 f4 vr
and can you elaborate what you are looking for in this lens/ body combo. The "d400" is still a rumor, and i bet the d7000 (d90 replacement) will be out before a d400 so dont hold your breath.

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i basically jus want a fast lens for everyday use - and i have found that the stablisation can come in handy even at short focal lengths from time to time

and yeah i know the d400 is a rumour still but figure its coming sometime this year and i'm in no real rush and willing to wait for what i want
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well good luck on that one, your best bet for an all around lens would be the two i listed if you want to stay with nikkor
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There's the new AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, but I haven't seen any reviews for it.
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