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Old May 17, 2005, 2:46 AM   #1
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I'm planning to get the D70s soon (dumping my Olympus P&S C765), and saw a Sigma lens package in the store consisting of:

Sigma 18-50 F3.5-5.6and Sigma 55-200F4.0-5.6

For the price of $479.98 (Canadian), which is around the range of the Nikon kit lens.

I've read a few reviews and they've gotten pretty decent reviews. I take pics mainly of downtown scenes (Toronto) and the occasional indoor social gatherings.

My question is...are these lenstoo slow for any good typical indoor shots, or upping the ISO will be enough to compensate for this?

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Old May 17, 2005, 7:11 AM   #2
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Sigma make some very good lenses. If you've read good reviews of these lenses then you should get good results from them. They are only slightly slower than the Nikon kit lens so should be nearly as good indoors. Increasing the ISO does increase the noise but it's certainly OK up to 400 and higher depending on the use you want to put it to.
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Old May 23, 2005, 7:16 PM   #3
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I hope u didnt get the sigma's. while sigma makes great lenses u are comparing the entry level third party lense to a ED glass nikon!! i dont see why u wouldnt get the kit lense.
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Old May 24, 2005, 1:00 AM   #4
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the consumer line of sigma's is vastly different than their EX line.. personally i would only consider their EX line of lenses.. their consumer line suffers from poor quality control and cheap build.. the only exceptions to this seem to be their DC line of digital slr only, where their 18-125 is quite a nice little lens.. this lens (sigma dc 18-125) actually would be a very handy walk-around lens that boast respectable performance, but is it better than the kit lens, debatable, is it worth the price difference, no...

get the kit, and then see what your needs are.. then save up and buy a quality lens.. in the long run it is better than buying several cheap lenses and having to replace them when your skills improve.. when you are ready, here are a couple sigma's from their EX line to check into: 70-200 f2.8 EX HSM , 100-300 f4.0 EX HSM

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Old May 24, 2005, 2:02 AM   #5
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Phew..good thing I didn't buy anything yet..thanks for the feedback.

New plans..different from everyone's suggestions though. I'm eyeing the Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8D for the indoor stuff, and a Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 II APO Macro Super for my outdoor. I've seen pics of that Sigma in action and they look great.

I don't do much wide shots at all, so I figure this setup should be fine. What do you guys think?
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both of those lenses are sharp and should suit your needs quite well.. but for the extra 100 or so dollars, i would consider getting the kit lens anyways, its plenty sharp and really covers a handy zoom range for walking around..
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i agree with hards80
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You may not think you do "much wide stuff", butif buy a 50mm lens you'll wish you had the kit lens on indoors. 50mm will just frustrate you since it is nowhere near wide enough for indoor use. Remember it is 75mm equivalent in 35mm terms.
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Old May 26, 2005, 4:42 AM   #9
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The D70 kit lens is very good. The image quality is much better than the price suggests and in my opinion is just too good to pass up on. I have several Nikon AFS lenses and am used to good quality, and I can say I am more than pleased with the results from the 18-70 kit lens.
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I chose the Nikon 18-70 kit lens on advice from a professional photographer. I am glad I took his advice.
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