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Old May 17, 2005, 9:18 AM   #1
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I know the 18-55 and the 55-200 are not out yet but are there any clues on how they will perform? I really didn't need the 300mm zoom so I would rather have the better quality 200mm.

Any idea which is going to be the kit lens on the d70s? I know the d50 gets the 18-55.

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Old May 17, 2005, 2:02 PM   #2
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The 18/55 (new lens) is stated by Nikon as being "ideally suited for the D50" so I guess it is going to be slightly lower down the scale than the 18/70 standard lens on the D70S. Since the lenses are not yet released there is no data available, but expect a similar performance to the 18/70 I guess. Anyway, the 18/70 is a much more useful lens to carry, giving portaiture possibilities which the shorter lens won't. I certainly feel that the 18/55 will feature as the standard lens on the F50 on cost grounds. The new 55/200 zoom has interesting possibilites but probably won't take a teleconverter like it's twin brothers above, so making it longer won't be an option.

I cannot understand why you feel that a 300mm isn't necessary if you are hoping to take sports shots. You'll find you'll need it. Otherwise get your sponsors to dig deep and buy the 70/200 F2.8 VRIFED which is a king amongst zooms. I have it and wouldn't part with itat any price.Oh, and add in a TC 14E while you are at it since it isn't your money your're spending! If they can go to the 200mm F2.0 AFS-VR at $4,000 so much the better!

You can spend all the rest of your life looking at equipment, but it is the person behind the camera that counts. Stick with the 18/70 kit lens and the 70/300 or else look at the Sigma lenses which will give you a good range too. They do an 18/50, an 18/125 (which looks useful)and a 55/200. The first and the last cost just $259 the pair at the other end of the scale.
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ok, i'm done i'm done...no more questions Sensei! =)

Going with the 70s, 18-70 + 70-200 =)

Ok, i lied, one last question: you think they are going to come out with a 70-300mm DX version like they did for the 55-200?
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Unfortunately my crystal ball is cloudy at the moment and my direct line to Nikon Japan is busy, but DX is obviously the way to go. Film photographyhas, in four short years, become very much the minority even amongst professionals. I am a motor racing photographer and at the Le Mans 24 race last year I don't think I saw a film camera in the press room anywhere.All I see is Canon/Nikon digital (plenty of D2X's I reckon this year I expect).I see you are getting the 70/200 (unless that is a misprint) which is F2.8 throughout andwhich is truly magnificent, and later on to complement that you should look at the 17/55 F2.8. Best of luck with your photography.
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Yeah a friend of mine is going to sell me the 70-200 for pretty cheap (still hurts, though). =)

I was thinking that I would hold off on the 70-300 until they make a DX version like they did with the 55-200. Make sense or if the DX just a marketing ploy? I read some online articles about it, I think from Ken Rockwell, and people go back and forth.

Any feelings on it?
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I am at a loss here. If you are buying the 70/200 F2.8 all you need is the TC14 E and you then have a lens that will give you 280mm at F3.5. Go to the TC 17 E or the TC 20 E and you have either 1.7X or 2X the focal length, with admittedly loss of two stopson the TC 20 E.The choice is clear at about $300/400 for the adapter depending on your choice. Go cheaper and buy the Kenko for about $120 and you won't have made a bad purchase either. A 70/300 will just be a complete waste of time. A no brainer as you say.
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Hmmm...wise words. I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

I just need my darn d70s to arrive...
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