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Old Jul 14, 2004, 12:51 PM   #1
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which lense should I choose for my nwe D70 dSLR? I am willing to spend up to USD 5000 to get a good quality tele lense.
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Old Jul 14, 2004, 10:43 PM   #2
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70-200/2.8G VR.

Or if there was an accidental extra zero in your quoted budget, http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=66
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Old Jul 15, 2004, 6:45 AM   #3
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No question - the 70/200 F2.8 VR Nikon lens. I couple that with the TC14E adaptor which makes a brilliant combination for motor racing photography. Remember that in effect it is a 100/300 lens anyway in digital terms, so with the adaptor it turns into 140/420, losing only one stop down from F2.8.

http://www.bythom.com/70200VRlens.htmis the review to read authoritatively - I found that thanks to Onyx. The bokeh is outstanding, the quality of the lens top notch, and it was designed for the camera. You won't be disappointed I assure you
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Old Jul 16, 2004, 12:15 AM   #4
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yeah it was definetly an extra zero :lol:

I intened to get either kit lense 18-70 mm or tamron 28-75mm/f2.8 + a longer telezoom.

how about Sigma 70-200/2.8 HSM?

how makes the best value 70-200 zooms, sigma, tokina,nikon or tamron?
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Old Jul 16, 2004, 10:07 AM   #5
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here are the ratings from photozone:





Tele zooms f/2.8 -210mm
Optical Quality

Minolta AF 2.8 70-200m APO SSM G
4.20 (2) = very-good

Minolta AF 2.8 80-200m APO G
4.19 (4) = very-good

Canon EF 2.8 80-200mm L
4.07 (5) = very-good

Canon EF 2.8 70-200mm USM L
4.07 (3) = very-good

Canon EF 2.8 70-200mm USM L IS
4.02 (3) = very-good


Sigma AF 2.8 70-200mm EX (HSM)
4.02 (5) = very-good

Nikkor AF-S 2.8 80-200mm IF ED D
3.98 (4) = very-good

Nikkor AF 2.8 80-200mm IF ED D
3.90 (3) = very-good

Pentax SMC-FA 2.8 80-200mm ED (IF)
3.87 (5) = very-good

Nikkor AF-S 2.8 70-200mm ED-IF VR D
3.67 (2) = good

Tokina AF 2.8 80-200mm AT-X Pro
3.36 (4) = good

Tamron AF 2.8 70-210mm LD
3.35 (4) = good

Generic AF 2.8-4 70-210mm
2.97 (3) = average





Tele zooms -210mm
Optical Quality

Canon EF 4.0 70-200mm USM L
4.17 (3) = very-good

Micro-Nikkor AF 4.5-5.6 70-180mm ED
3.87 (4) = very-good

Carl-Zeiss T* AF 3.5-4.5 70-200mm N
3.63 (2) = good

Canon EF 3.5-4.5 70-210mm USM
3.12 (4) = average

Minolta AF 4.0 70-210mm
3.09 (2) = average

Minolta AF 4.5-5.6 70-210mm
2.96 (4) = average

Nikkor AF 4.0-5.6 70-210mm D
2.95 (5) = average

Pentax SMC-FA 4.0-5.6 70-200mm
2.85 (5) = average

Canon EF 4.5-5.6 80-200mm USM
2.77 (3) = average

Nikkor AF 4.5-5.6 80-200mm D
2.72 (3) = sub-average

Nikkor AF 4.5-5.6 75-240mm D
2.54 (4) = sub-average

Canon EF 4.5-5.6 55-200mm USM
2.35 (3) = sub-average

Tamron AF 4.5-5.6 80-210mm
2.10 (5) = poor

make your choice....:|
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Old Jul 16, 2004, 1:23 PM   #6
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Frankly, despite the reviews, I am terribly disappointed with the kit lens supplied with the camera. It feels, and is, plastic, built down to a price, and despite all the good reports (and perhaps it is me) but I can't get to like it. If the lens hood is reversed on the lens for storage, and you get it out quickly, you can't zoom. The zoom ring is covered by the hood. I have now ordered the 17/55 F2.8, which, while expensive, should do the trick. I have to say that I take better pictures with my Olympus 5060 (27/110) than the D70 with the kit lens. Focus is so critical I find with the Nikon, whereas with the Oly I can point and press using aperture priority to my hearts content. Also, be careful as to what setting you use for focus - spot, weighted and so on. It is critical and depends where you are and what you are photographing.

I reitierate that I am more than delighted with the camera, and with every camera there is a learning curve, and the results I have with the 70/200 VRIFED 2.8 are beyond belief. I have the new Canon i9950 printer(european version of the i9900) and even at A3 it has to be seen to be believed, including using the TC14E adaptor.



In the end you will make your own decision, but I am a firm believer that each lens is made by a manufacturer for their cameras. Again, if you are not going to do any enlargements, quite frankly the human eye is hardly going to notice. But if you are enlarging to A3, as I am, then the difference will be very noticable
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Old Jul 17, 2004, 12:03 AM   #7
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On a budget like 5000UsD, there should be no doubt:

the 70/200 F2.8 VR Nikon lens

is THE lens in that zoom range.


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Old Aug 6, 2004, 12:38 AM   #8
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Am I understanding the Photozone rating correctly. The Nikkor AF-S 2.8 70-200mm ED-IF VR D
3.67 (2) = good is this the same lens that is $1700. that Klaus recommends in the post above this one?



Am planning on getting a D-70 a good telephoto and macro. The 1700 is a bit offputting but I figure this will last forever (I hope). However if the above Photozone rating is for thesame lensand rates as 'good' that seems lacking.



Confused :sad:
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Old Aug 6, 2004, 1:21 AM   #9
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Well, don't be confused. :?

I have had several Nikon telezoom throughout the years

70-200mm

70-300mm

70-200mm

80-200 mm

and the 70-200mm VR IF ED SWM

which is far the best NIKONtelezoomlens I ever tried. This is said from my personal experiences and not from a test I've read on the net. That's all!

If you use the net to decide (and not your own try-out), you will have to take a stand anyway and trust someone else. This is why Ialways recommend, that people goes to a trusted store and try the lensif possible. This way you will minimize your risk of being disspointed.





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Old Aug 6, 2004, 3:09 PM   #10
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The store here didn't have one, I tried. The D-70 was so much more comfortable to handle than the Rebel but they also didn't have a D-100 for me to test. They did have the 80-300 lens and it was super cheap (duh - should have been a dead give away).

Thanks for responding.

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