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Susan Patton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/1/2004

Lens Recommendations

I am in the market for a medium range zoom lens for my Nikon D70, does anyone have any suggestions? I am prepared to spend up to $2,000. Also, how important is it to purchase a lens made specifically for digital SLRs? Any help is appreciated.

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2/23/2005 1:46:27 PM

Michael H. Cothran   Susan,
Assuming you are talking in the 70-200 range (which is what I would define as "medium range"), and also willing to spend up to $2000, you have a choice of ONE great lens for your D70: the 70-200/2.8 VR. You can spend a lot less money if you want (and end up with a mediocre quality lens), or invest wisely (since you have the money), and have the best there is.
Now, all this said, there is the consideration of weight. The 70-200/2.8 is not a wimpy lens, and not made for the weak-of-arm. Even though you can hand hold it with the Vibration Reduction apparatus, it is big & heavy, and would wear out your arm in a short period of time.
You would be wise to define your need for the lens first. If you plan on using it on a tripod most of the time, and can physically carry it to your destinations, then, as I said, you can't beat it.
But if you are "muscle" challenged, you may as well save your money, and just by a smaller, cheaper lens.
Michael H. Cothran

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2/24/2005 10:58:21 AM

Susan Patton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/1/2004
  Thank you Michael, I took note of the weight when I was looking at Nikon lenses. It may be a bit more than I want to carry around. One of the ones I had on my list was the Nikkor 80-400 VR. However, I was wondering if spending that much money on a lens with a maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6 was worth it. It's a big purchase for me and I want to get it right. I do appreciate your input.

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2/24/2005 3:03:59 PM

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