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Old Jul 10, 2004, 7:23 PM   #1
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what is the difference between AF lense and MF lense?



I am getting a D70 dSLR. I have been looking for a lense that will match the quality of Nikon D70. I have been looking at following lenses from different manufactures.

which one should I buy? I like to photograph people, buildings and landscapes. I also would like the ability to zoom in.

What is the difference between the Dx format (Nikon 17-70 mm comes with D70 kit) and Nikorr "regular" lenses. Are Dx better suited for Digital SLRs?



Tamron 28-75/2,8

AF-S 28-70 f/2.8D IF-ED Silent Wave

Nikon 50/1,4D

Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70/3,5-4,5G IF-ED (comes with kit
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Old Jul 10, 2004, 7:52 PM   #2
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I have the Tamron my self and a the Nikon 24-75 3.5 and i use the Tamron much more because its 2.8 and half the price. Nikon is very good glass and I have been a big fan for a long time But the price is hard to justify when these cheaper lenses are just as good.. go with the Tamron SP AF 28-75 f/2.8 XR DI LD Model A09 excellant lens, and with the teleconverter it makes it 300mm .. I am very happy with it .. B&H under $400.. Dale... oops forgot I use it on the Nikon D-100 and the Nikon D-2H
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Old Jul 11, 2004, 4:07 PM   #3
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but the Dx has wider angle at 17-70 mm (tamron starts at 24mm)

I wish to have a wider angle (and fast) lense, which one would you recommend?
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I will just about guarantee the kit lens is not f2.8.. f2.8 means speed, and DOF, if you don't need that, and need it to be wider go for it.. But if you ever attemp low light shots especially action, f2.8 is a must no way around it .. I have a Nikon AF-S 28-85mm 3.5-4.5G and wide open it is just two slow and has a harder time focusing than the tamron in marginal lighting conditions

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"No one lens will do it all ,but if you need wide, go for the 18-70. but do not expect it to shoot speed unless you are in natural light (sunshine)

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Now you can always put on a teloconverter and you will double and triple it depending on the power converter you use , but S Nikon lenses will only auto focus with nikon converters $400-$600 something to think about.. Good luck Dale
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what is the difference between AF lense and MF lense?
AF= Auto Focus and MF = Manual Focus
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What is the difference between the Dx format (Nikon 17-70 mm comes with D70 kit) and Nikorr "regular" lenses. Are Dx better suited for Digital SLRs?
DX lenses are lenses designed tyo be used on a DSLR body (i.e., D1, D1h, D1h, D100, D2h and D70). There are some restrictions (e.g., angle of incidence) that are more imporatnt to DX lensesthan to non-DX lenses. So, generally speaking, a DX lens may produce better results that a non-DX can.

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Tamron 28-75/2,8
AF-S 28-70 f/2.8D IF-ED Silent Wave
Nikon 50/1,4D
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70/3,5-4,5G IF-ED
The AF-S 28-75 is a much better, more heavier andmuch more expensive than the Tamron 28-75. The kit lens 18-70 is very good to excellent lens for its price. I would suggest to get the kit lens if you do landscape frequently. This is because the 28-75 and 18-70 are equivalent to (in terms of angle of view) 27-105 and 42-112.5 on a DSLR body, respectively. If you don't need the 1.4 large aperture, buy the 50mm F1.8 for about $100 from B&H. The 1.8 is as good as the 1.4 and is smaller and lighter.

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The 28-70 AF-S uses Nikon's silent wave motor (SWM) to make autofocus VERY fast. It's a wonderful lens to work with, nice focal length range, but on my D100 the focal length changes to 42-105, which no longer covers the 28mm that I get on my F100. Its f/2.8 constant aperture gives a very nice bokeh, meaning the soft appearance of blurred background/foreground. It's big and heavy but all that goes into quality. When I shoot against strong backlighting, there is some lack of contrast due to glare - if I shoot with flash and stop down the lens I correct a bit of it, but not completely. Full-time manual focus override allows you to manually adjust focus after the camera has already autofocused by just turning the focus ring, no need to toggle the AF/MF switch. But the best feature of this lens is the SWM that makes AF so fast. The 28-70 was my first pro lens, and it has paid for itself already in great portraits, many, many, many weddings, and some landscapes :|
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Old Jul 12, 2004, 2:02 AM   #7
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thank you for the great advices. I have come down to the kit lens 18-70mm and the tamron 28-75mm. the Dx lense offers more angle of course but the Tamron has f2.8. which one should I go for to get best image quality, sharpness etc...? I only intend to buy one lense for the Nikon D70.....

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ps. are there any other zoom lense recommendations for D70 (USD 400-500 range)?
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The 18-70DX (kit lens) is quite a deal when you get it in the D70 kit. The quality is excellent as well. Start with this one and buy another lens later...then you'll know if you want a 2.8 or 1.8F or a longer zoom maybe.

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Old Jul 12, 2004, 3:28 PM   #9
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I have decided to buy kit lense. it seems better suited for digitall SLR. should I also get a USD 100 nikon 50mm/f1.8 as well? will this prime lense produce better images @ 75mm than the kit lense?
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Old Jul 28, 2004, 2:19 AM   #10
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My 50 1.8 has much sharper pix than my kit. Also, if you can afford the AF-S, GET IT. You'll love the speed of the focus and the constant aperture.
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