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Old Apr 21, 2004, 6:44 PM   #1
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Default How good are any of these lenses?

Down the road I would like to get a Nikon D70, either to replace or supplement my Minolta Z1. I have two Nikon N60 bodies still (one mine, one was my mom's and is now mine) with three lenses. I've hardly used either N60 since getting the Z1 and will likely be trading or selling one shortly, also getting rid of one or two lenses at the same time. So I would need lenses that would work both with the N60 and the D70, which I'm thinking shouldn't be too big a problem (though the 1.5 factor on the D70 is something to consider).
Basically, I'm on a pretty limited budget and wanted to know if any of the lenses I'm considering are a step up from what I have now, or if I should just keep what I have and wait for more $$$ to get another class of lens. I like flexible zooms due to the amount of racing pics I take.
My current lenses:
Quantaray (I believe that's Sigma?) 28-80/3.5-5.6 (came with my N60)
Quantaray 28-200/3.8-5.6 (came with my mom's N60, seems to have AF issues)
Sigma 100-300/4.5-6.7

And the lenses I am pondering, and need feedback on in regards to picture/overall quality, etc.:
Nikkor 50/1.8
Nikkor 70-300/4-5.6 G
Nikkor 28-100/3.5-5.6 G
Nikkor 28-80/3.3-5.6 G
Sigma 70-300/4-5.6 DL
Sigma 70-300/4-5.6 APO
Sigma 28-70/2.8-4
Tamron 75-300/4-5.6 LD
Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 LD

I realize none of these are professional lenses, but are any of them good or at least a step up from what I currently have? I followed a couple of links last night to lens ratings, but those were more the ones out of my price range. The Sigma 28-70 looked intriguing due to the 2.8 and low price ($109 at BH) but I don't know how good it is.
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 7:15 PM   #2
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Remeber this, you will get what you pay for. in my experiences buying lenses. Now there are some cheaper priced lenses out there that are excellant lenses, and some are junk..It all depends on want quality you are expecting. I will make a suggestion f2.8 is a must for any low light condituions.. and we all experience them at some point...I have always used nikon lenses but have come across one that i like and use often A Tamron SP AF ER DI f2.8 28-75 Macro $319 through B&H.. Good Luck
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Old Apr 22, 2004, 3:59 PM   #3
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The Nikkor 70-300G is a good performer. It doesn't have the super-duper glass like the D lens, and the AF isn't lightning fast, but it has served me well. It doesn't have the aperture ring but who needs that anyway. I don't have the 28-100, I have the Nikkor 28-105 and it's worth the upgrade. The glass is awesome, it is not too heavy, and the macro mode is unbeatable. The range makes it a good walkaround lens, then flip a switch and I can take pictures an inch and a half away from the lens.
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Old Apr 23, 2004, 7:30 AM   #4
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Just to support LT, the Nikon 28-105 has been described as the "Swiss army knife" of lenses. It's not got quite as good contrast as some of Nikons other offerings, but well worth the money.

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Old Apr 24, 2004, 12:38 AM   #5
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If I was you, I would not touch any of those mentioned lenses. Try at least to get the Tamron SP AF ER DI f2.8 28-75 Macro like Mr Cowby suggested. Save your money to get a few decent lenses if you don't want to spend time to sell them later.

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Old Apr 28, 2004, 2:05 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. As I've tossed about different scenarios and done more reading, one thing that concerns me with either the Tamron 28-75 or Nikkor 28-105 is they become 42- lenses on the D70. I don't use the wide angle part of my current lenses a whole lot, but I do some. As such, I'm beginning to think the D70 with the 18-70 lens, augmented by a 70-300 lens, might be a good solution for me. Another solution is to get either the 28-75 or 28-105 in place of the 18-70 and add something like a 17-35 or 12-24, but there's the added expense on top of a $1000 camera which takes care of much of my budget already (can't wait to write it off next year on the taxes! ). From what I've read the kit lens seems to get favorable reviews, though I'm not sure with it being DX if it would work with a film camera, especially one as old as the N60. I may just trade in the N60s and get a N80 to use as backup to the D70.
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Old Apr 28, 2004, 6:24 PM   #7
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Murphyc, do you live in the USA? How can you write off your camera purchases on your taxes?

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You can write off the camera on US taxes if you use it for your business. The IRS will require you to show your use of the camera in the business if they audit you.
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Before making any plunge on a $1000 camera plus lenses, I will definitely consult with the family accountant about business writeoffs and what not. But from what I've read and been told on here, from friends and others, I can count a camera as a business writeoff since that's mainly what I use the camera for.
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Well, I've been doing quite a bit of reading about the various brands of 70-300 lenses over at dpreview (won't let me register, but I can at least read messages) and reaction seems to be mixed, especially to the Tamron. Some say it's the exact same lens as the Nikon 70-300 ED for much less, others say it has serious CA issues. The Sigma APO Macro Super II seems to generally get good reviews, but I've been reading more the last couple days about slow focusing--not good when doing sports (though I tend to pre-focus, then switch to MF). I think a 18-70 kit lens and 70-300 combo would serve me best when I eventually get my D70, then probably pick up a 50/1.8 down the road for times when I need a fast lens like that.
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