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Old Jan 8, 2005, 8:44 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I am looking at getting a Nikon 80 - 400 (f/4.5 - 5.6) VR, then i stumbled apon the Nikon 24- 120 (f/3.5 -5.6) VR. I am new to the world of Lens' and cant't seem to find out the differences in these lens, as im told they both zoom to 5x. could some one please explain the differences for me.

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Old Jan 8, 2005, 9:09 AM   #2
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Hey guys, I am looking at getting a Nikon 80 - 400 (f/4.5 - 5.6) VR, then i stumbled apon the Nikon 24- 120 (f/3.5 -5.6) VR. I am new to the world of Lens' and cant't seem to find out the differences in these lens, as im told they both zoom to 5x. could some one please explain the differences for me.

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Hi.

They both are 5x zoom, that's right. but they'll give you a very different zoom range.
The 5x just means that the highest focal lenght is 5 times higher than the lowest focal length. (120/24 = 5, and 400/80 is also 5)

But the 24-120 will give you a better wide angle at 24mm.
The 80-400 on the other hand will get you things very near which are actually far away, because of the 400mm.

Hope I could help you.
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Old Jan 9, 2005, 6:37 AM   #3
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Thanks, that does help



I have a Nikon D70, does the VR feature work with this camera? i read a few reviews and they all mention supporting cameras, but nonelist the D70?

Also does any one know of a site that explains the difference in lens size? ie. what exactly does the 80 - 400mm mean ? sory for the lame question i just want to make sure i get it 100% correct at the start



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here's a link where "focal lenght" is explained by one of our forum members Klaus_DK
http://www.hertz-ladiges.com/modules...owpage&pid=200
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Ok cool, so tell me is this correct, 35mm is what you see through your eyes? thats wide.



and the higher the focal lenght number ie towards 400mm the narrower the view?



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Old Jan 9, 2005, 9:42 AM   #6
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Ok cool, so tell me is this correct, 35mm is what you see through your eyes? thats wide.



and the higher the focal lenght number ie towards 400mm the narrower the view?



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that's right.
also take a look at this graphic:



This will give you an idea of how a 400mm lense sees things.
Also read this: http://www.hertz-ladiges.com/modules...howpage&pid=63

In general, Klaus' website is a great resource for learning about photography and editing!
(hope you don't mind the direct linking of your graphics here, Klaus. )
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