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Old May 10, 2005, 11:00 AM   #1
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Want to get the new D70s and I want to get a general all purpose lens that I can try to use 80% of the time.

I want to do some outdoor groups, landscape, portraits, animals, etc.

There is an awesome Canon lens (EF 17-85) that fits the bill perfectly. Anything on the Nikon side?

If not, I was thinking about getting the kits lens (18-70) and then adding a 70-300 plus the 50mm 1.8.

I don't want to spend more than $600 on the lenses combined.

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Old May 10, 2005, 11:06 AM   #2
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also, what about the 18-55 + the 55-200 combo? Cheap, only $450 for both...
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Old May 10, 2005, 2:53 PM   #3
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I know this topic has been hammered around before but I couldn't find my specific question answered. I just found "what's a good Nikon lens."

Thanks for any help/advice. =)
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Old May 10, 2005, 11:53 PM   #4
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i am told that the 18-70 is a bit soft at the wide end other than that it is a great lens and definitely great VFM. it's MTF numbers are better than the 18-35 and even the 17-35 so that would be a good place to start.

i think your choice of a 18-70 with 70-300/ED and a 50/1.8 is a great start.

the 70-300/ED should have less distortion than the 55-200 on a D70 but i would ask about sharpness and CA. anyone?

next step up from the above combo will cost you 3 times as much. 17-55 and 80-200.
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I have to say that for years I carried the 24/120 as an all round lens, but it becomes 36/180 in digital terms. If wide angle isn't that important to you it would serve well, but personally I would miss the facility especially for indoor and landscape. I do wish that Nikon would address this problem and bring us a 16/80 to replace it. The 50mm 1.8 will be highly specific and I would hold back on that until you see if you need it, but the kit lens will do nicely to be going on with and the 70/300 too at the price. I know nothing of the new 55/200 but it seems to overlap the kit lens somewhat and the 70/300 will be more useful with sport in mind.
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Old May 11, 2005, 2:57 AM   #6
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Thanks, good advice. I do find it odd that Nikon has such a small "lower field" group. Shouldn't there be another choice besides the 18-70? Oh well...it will work out for the time being.

So I will check out the kit lens (18-70) + the 70-300 + 50 1.8 (cause it's cheap and might be fun to use).

Sound good? =)
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I am probably ordering from bhphoto and they have many different versions of the 70-200...anybody know the differences? They range in price from $129-$309

Help. =)

ALso, what's the deal with "imported" vs. "USA"?
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Good sense to buy from B&H - Steve's own preferred dealer too. As regards the lens differences, just click on "info" and then "features" and you will see. The expensive one of the three has macro and ED glass, giving better quality. Of the cheaper two, click on "imported" and it will show you that in the event of a warranty problem you'll have to post the lens to the country of origing. On this I would say that in over 20 years of using Nikons I have never had a lens problem, and I have lenses here almost that old. And don't knock the 18/70 either, it is a damned good lens at the price, much better by all accounts than the Canon equivalent.

Best of luck with your purchase.
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Thanks sensei. =) Sounds good...off to buy!

This D70s just needs to come out already...
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sorry to hammer this point again but CameraSensei you said in another post that the 70-300 is only $129? That's the lower quality one right? The NON "ed" version? Will I notice the difference? I'm guessing it isn't worth the extra $175. =)
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