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mtclimber Apr 19, 2006 11:37 AM


Be sure to use and to your advantage. You can find less expensive prices. I purchased my Tamron 18-200mm XR Di II lens on E-Bay delivered with a Tamron Circular Polarizer and a Tamron Skylight filter for $289.00.

You can usually find some bargains at or other used camera/lens departments at and

Third party lens makers such as Tamron, Tokina,and Sigma usually produce lenses for all the lens mounts that they believe they can sell. However, you might not always find lenses for the Pentax or KM mounts. But for sure the Canon and Nikon mounts are almost always included.


TedM Apr 19, 2006 12:03 PM

Thanks, MT... yes, is a pretty good site for such services.

I have another question about lenses but I think I'll ask in the appropriate forum.

Thanks again for your great help!

TedM Apr 19, 2006 10:50 PM

Well, I took the plunge! :)

I purchased a Nikon D50 with a 28-80 mm lens all for about $599.99. Hopefully, I didn't get too robbed! ;)

I bought it from Wolf Camera...and purchased a year of protection..which INCLUDES dropping, throwing it against the wall in frustration, etc. :) The only thing NOT covered is FIRE and THEFT.

Also included in the purchase are 18 classes... which I REALLY need. :)

Just thought I'd share. :)

mtclimber Apr 20, 2006 12:54 AM

Congratulations, Ted! I am sure that you will thoroughly enjoy your Nikon D-50. The classes were a great idea, and the very best way to get a running start in learing your new camera.

Considering what you received, the pice was fair. So you got a good deal.


audioedge Apr 20, 2006 3:24 AM

that lens might be a frustrating focal length on a dSLR tho (44-128 equiv). Not wide enough for wide stuff and not enough tele for when needed...

TedM Apr 20, 2006 9:19 AM

So should I have gone with the 18 to 55 mm lens kit? It was $100 more.

audioedge Apr 20, 2006 9:40 AM

really depends on what you plan to do with the camera... the wider angle the 18-55 kit gives is nice for panos and scenic shots...

zoom lens obviously for wildlife or picking out distance stuff, or playing with dof... macro lens for zooming in close

i have a 28-70 f2.8 lens and i rarely use it, in fact its on ebay for sale right now - lol

TedM Apr 20, 2006 9:57 AM

Well, this will sound dumb, but I'm really not sure what I'll use it for. :)

I'd like to play around with depth of view... and just experiment.

I really didn't understand why the 18 to 55 was $100 more... is the wide angle of 18 that much more preferred over 28?

They did have a two-lens kit for about $900 that has a 18 to 55 AND a 55 to 200 mm lens.

But that's about $300 more... just not sure if I want to spend that much.

It's quite overwhelming. :)

audioedge Apr 20, 2006 10:24 AM

when dealing with focal lengths on a dSLR you have to multiply by (approx) 1.6... so 18mm becomes 28mm... and the 28 becomes 44... you will notice a massive difference in the fov of those focal lengths..

i got my d50 for £350 (approx $625)with the 18-55 kit... they are doing some strange combo deals from wherever your buying it

anyway, im sure you will enjoy your new d50 whatever lens is on it :)

TedM Apr 20, 2006 8:11 PM

Well, after playing around with my D50, I came up with the following pictures. :)

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