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Old Mar 23, 2006, 12:39 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a D50 and a 18 to 200VR...and I am totally blown away with that lens, so fast and accurate focusing.
Now I swore I would not do this but I have a lust for a 400mm lens and I would like a zoom with VR...
I have read that the 80 to 400 VR will not focus as fast as the 18 to 200 but I have read very little about the speed of the 80 to 400 Sigma lens.
It seems people are not disappointed in the IQ, but how about the focus speed of either or both lenses compared to the 18 to 200 VR or in some manner that I may be able to understand.
Or if there is a knowledge of a lens, in the not too distant future that may be faster.


Thanks for any help you may be able to provide.

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Old Mar 23, 2006, 9:24 PM   #2
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Hi Genece,

Nice to see you in this forum

I know you are a big fan of FZ series

I used to browse that forum a lot trying to decide to go for a FZ30, but I ended up buying a D50

Unfortunately I can not answer you question because I am struggling with my kit lens(18-55)

So if you want please tell me how do you feel after this upgrade


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Old Mar 23, 2006, 10:29 PM   #3
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Well I bought the camera with the 50mm 1.8 and am amazed of what that can do in almost no light.......then I got the 18 to 200VR as I said I am blown away with the super fast and accurate focus......and while I had no intention of trying to do the long mm of the FZ30 ( which I still think is the best bang for the buck wildlife camera made)...I find myself wanting the 80 to 400VR or OS....If and when I do that I will have some system, but is it worth the price of 5 FZ30's? I am sure the answer is no....but I should get some nice photos in Alaska. Even if one camera dies I am still well equipped.

And I just know if there is an upgrade to the D50 I will be in line.....Oh brother.
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Old Mar 24, 2006, 12:26 AM   #4
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I don't own either, but I have read that both the Sigma and the Nikon 80-400 are considered very slow-focusing lenses, as the Sigma lacks HSM and the Nikon lacks the AF-S on an already slow-focusing lens (telephotos tend to focus much more slowly than wide angles).

Compared to your 18-200 (AF-S) and your 50, you're likely to notice quite a difference.
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I don't have the 18-200, but the 80-400 is rarely off my D70. Sure, its slower than the 18-70, hunts a little in poor light, but I think it is well worth the dollars. For handheld wildlife, I don't think it can be beat.
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Thanks folks....My guess is I will get the Sigma but I am trying to talk myself out of it.
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I don't own either, but I have read that both the Sigma and the Nikon 80-400 are considered very slow-focusing lenses, as the Sigma lacks HSM and the Nikon lacks the AF-S on an already slow-focusing lens (telephotos tend to focus much more slowly than wide angles).

Compared to your 18-200 (AF-S) and your 50, you're likely to notice quite a difference.
I use Nikkor 80-400VR with my D50 for more than 8,000 shots. Great pictures with hand holding. But the focusing is very slow.

Last week while playing with D200 and 80-400VR at the Nikon dealer I was very impressed with the focusing speed of the combination. I bought the D200 and am now very happy as I use the 80-400VR most of the time. The combination is perfect for birding. No focusing speed problem any more. See my D200/80-400VR picture here.




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Old Mar 26, 2006, 6:01 AM   #8
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i am a current owner of the fz30 and i too would like to upgrade to the d50 as i am not at all satisfied with the results of the panny in low light conditions.

i was just wondering, what does 200mm translate to: 5x zoom?
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i am a current owner of the fz30 and i too would like to upgrade to the d50 as i am not at all satisfied with the results of the panny in low light conditions.

i was just wondering, what does 200mm translate to: 5x zoom?
5X zoom usually mean magnification between the widest to the longest tele is5 times.

200mm in DSLR lens is ~ 200x1.5 = 300mm 35mm film camera equivalent. I used to have the FZ20 which has longest tele at~ 420mm. which is equal to Nikkor lens of 280mm. For 200mm Nikkor lens it will be 300mm 35mm equivalent or about 70% of the tele of the FZ20.

Decide what kind of photographs you usually want to take and chose the right lenses for the need. To replace your FZ30 the 18-200VR should serve you well.

I did not regret when I switched from FZ20 to D50. The danger is that you might not stopped at the D50. I had it for 8 months and just got the D200 last week.

I think D50 is a very good DSLR and the price Nikon asked is reasonable. See my D50 photo with Micro-Nikkor 60mmhere:
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thank you ruchai for the quick reply.

having the fzs really makes one get used to havingultra zoom.

do you guys think that the d50 along with two nikkor lenses (18-55mm, 55-200mm) and with a 512MB SD is a good deal for 900$?
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