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Old Jan 20, 2006, 1:23 PM   #1
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I intend to buy the Nikon D50, should I buy the kit lens or buy the body alone and buy another lens instead of the kit one. If so wich one ?

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Old Jan 20, 2006, 3:32 PM   #2
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There's a new (or at least new to me)web site, slrgear.com, thatspecializes inslr lenses. You may want to check them out to see what they suggest. FWIW


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Old Jan 21, 2006, 6:47 AM   #3
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Hi!

If you want NOT to change lenses, try a Tamron 18/200mm zoom lens, with Nikon mount.

With this lens, you will cover 99% all your photos, & your sensor will still clean, as you WILL NOT NEED to change lenses.

My 2.5cent advise!

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Old Jan 21, 2006, 7:35 AM   #4
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It depend on what you want to do with your D50. I got my D50 with the kit lens (they wont sell the body without kit lens).

I bought Nikkor VR 80-400 for birding. Very happy with the lens. I also bought Micro-Nikkor 60mm for macro photography. I use it to photograph insects and quite happy with the lens.

The kit lens is good but I have no use for 18-55 mm lens. I use it as paper weight!

The picture was taken with the D50 with Nikkor VR 80-400 handheld, no tripod.
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Old Jan 21, 2006, 7:49 AM   #5
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Bravo Ruchai!

Lovely photo...however...as I already wrote...to keep the "Sensor" clean...my advise is to acquire the 18/200mm Tamron or Sigma or Tokina, as the newer same lens from Nikon be 100% sure with the "Newer" VR-2 will cost at least twice or more that the "Compatible"...brands WITH NO VR stabilizer! For better "Stabilizing"...matter...a Monopod will be cheaper & much efective that the VR-2...of course...I agree LESS easy to carry!

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Old Jan 21, 2006, 8:41 AM   #6
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Thanks for your kind words about my picture, Alex. But I think he will have to know what he will use the camera for. These DSLRs are so versatile that they can be use for many things. If I do not take macro I would have glued the 80-400 VR to the D50.
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Old Jan 21, 2006, 11:00 AM   #7
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Thanks for your kind words about my picture, Alex. But I think he will have to know what he will use the camera for. These DSLRs are so versatile that they can be use for many things. If I do not take macro I would have glued the 80-400 VR to the D50.
Sure you have some points there, but don't forget that it's not just the VR2 technology that makes the price. I really never used the Tamron lens (read some reviews as I wanted to get one once), but I think that there'll be quite a difference in the quality if the glass and build as well. My guess would be that VR2 technology justifies an additional $150-200?
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Hi Dee-ehn!

Maybe...but I'm NOT 100% sure that Tamron is so bad...of course, owning an a 100% matched/originally Nikkor zoom lens; is better...+ improved VR, but not yet was released, for sure will be released together with the new D-200...so we all soon will be able to read reviews on this lens.

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Hi Dee-ehn!

Maybe...but I'm NOT 100% sure that Tamron is so bad...of course, owning an a 100% matched/originally Nikkor zoom lens; is better...+ improved VR, but not yet was released, for sure will be released together with the new D-200...so we all soon will be able to read reviews on this lens.

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Well... the Tamron isn't that bad a lens, considering the price. It's just that spending a reasonable amount of money on something you don't want is a waste of money. The same goes for spending more money than needed of course.

I do own the 18-200VRII btw.. I just had it for a few days, but I'm still in love with it
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Hi Dee-ehn!

Seriously...,the 18/200 Nikon with VR-2 was issued to the market..., it's new for me...! how much cost in US money? & among the same lens Tamron or Sigma or Tokina...how much money you must add?.

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