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Old Jul 4, 2007, 12:57 PM   #21
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I've re-thought what I can afford and what I can get and heres what I've come up with, curious your opinion. If the 30d or the d80 I'll get the Tam 17-50 f/2.8 and in either one the 50mm 1.8 and then for C the 70-300 Is USM and for N the 70-200 VR.
That's a significant change. We weren't talking about IS or VR before.

The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR goes for about $1,600 (US) as does the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.

Now you bring up the Canon 70-300 IS USM, of which there are two: the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM for about $1,100(US) and the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM for about half the price. Neither of them is comparable in price to the Nikon 70-200 VR.

Am I correct in assuming that you mistyped, and meant the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM?

If so, I think you've made a good choice whichever way you go.
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That's a significant change. We weren't talking about IS or VR before.
Yes it is, sorry hadn't had my coffee yet. I have made a big change after doing the math. I meant: Canon 70-200 F4 L which is about $800 here, or the Nikon 70-300 AFS 4.5-5.6 VR which is $670. The Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 AFS VR is $2000, the Canon 70-300 F4.5-5.6 DO IS USM is $1500 and the F4-5.6 ID USM is $800. I still will be going with the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, but if I go with either of the other higher lenses than I'm way over my budget and I still don't have other things I need. I probably won't be buying a zoom right away and maybe try and find something else. Thanks again for all your time and help.
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I went to handle the 2 cameras I had it narrowed down too, and also look at the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens. I found the D80 feels probably the best, but I made a mistake of handling the D200 again. The D80 and the D200 both feel better in my hands then the 30D, so now I'm more confused again. So as a rookie, I'm not sure which way to go? I can afford the D200 but then I could only afford (barely) the 18-135 or 18-70 and maybe the 70-300VR lenses. Or if I go with the D80 I could get the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and maybe the 70-300VR. When I tested the Tamron lens I found it quite noisy though. I will be shooting deer in my back yard fairly close and the noise from the lens will turn them away.The other option is to get either the 18-70 or 18-135 lens and then get the 80-200 f/2.8 for getting better long range shots. I don't know if Sigma offers any lens that is compatable to the Tamron that is quiter and as good optic wise? Any help would be apreciated, and thanks in advance.






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I found the D80 feels probably the best, but I made a mistake of handling the D200 again. The D80 and the D200 both feel better in my hands then the 30D, so now I'm more confused again.
I have heard the D80described as a D200 in a plastic body. I'm sure there are other differences, but you can compare the two at Nikon's website, and find out if there's some feature of the D200 that you want.

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When I tested the Tamron lens I found it quite noisy though. I will be shooting deer in my back yard fairly close and the noise from the lens will turn them away.The other option is to get either the 18-70 or 18-135 lens and then get the 80-200 f/2.8 for getting better long range shots. I don't know if Sigma offers any lens that is compatable to the Tamron that is quiter and as good optic wise?
The Tamron won an Editor's Choice from American PHOTO last year.The Sigma is a little cheaper, though.
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