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John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
 

Lens for the Nikon D70


I ordered my first DSLR yesterday from Adorama--the Nikon D70. This kit comes with the 18-70mm AF-S DX f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED zoom Nikkor lens. I'm not sure what to expect from this lens, but I know I will have to add another, possibly a 70-300 or 55-200.

My question: Can I trust lens made by Tamron or Sigma, or should I pay more for the Nikon product?

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John


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8/21/2005 1:04:01 PM

 
Karma Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  You must always judge a lens by that lens only, never a name. There are terrible, awful Sigmas and Tamrons and EXCELLENT Sigmas and Tamrons. If you bought the Sigma 2.8 EX 70-200 you cannot go wrong. It's the best lens in my kit and I love it. If you want it to go to 300mm you can add a 1.4 TC. It's also much cheaper than it's brand name counterpart lenses. Don't buy cheap glass. It will just give you a heartache. But don't discount third party glass. That lens will knock your socks off! :-)

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8/21/2005 5:48:09 PM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  thanks Karma. I asked my course instructor here at BP (Kerry Drager) and he said about the same thing, only much less specific. I appreciate your input. I'll check out the Sigma 2.8 EX 70-200. Many of the lenses have a range of 3.5 to 5.6, or so, and I was concerned about not being able to open up wide enough to capture good shallow DOF. I agree, a 2.8 lens is the answer.
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8/21/2005 7:43:39 PM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  When you decide on the focal length of the lens you want read reviews on the different brands. Try to find reviews that have been based on bench tests as well as testimonials. Lenses are almost as subjective as photography itself.

I have some images in my gallery taken this summer with the 18-70mm lens that comes with the D70 if you want to looksee, and on the last 2 pages of my gallery are images with a couple of other lenses I own, however, I think it's difficult to tell how good a lens is from web sites.


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8/21/2005 8:03:28 PM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Thanks Sharon, your photos make me even more excited about my new camera (yet to arrive). Your 'Morning Reflections" remind me of photos I've taken here with one big exception: Mine don't have mountains in the background.
I appreciate you taking time to answer my question.
John


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8/22/2005 5:19:43 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Your kit lens is actually quite excellent. Nikkor makes mostly great lenses if you have the bank acct to buy a few. LOL
I agree with the other respondents; Tamron makes some lousy lenses and some really good ones.
I shoot a D-70 also, but can't bring myself to put on a different name other than Nikon. It has to say Nikon on the top and the bottom! LOL
Is my image quality THAT much better than a top quality lens from Tamron? I doubt it. ;)

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8/22/2005 9:07:05 AM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Pete, thanks for your input to my question. I, like you, have always been "brand concious," preferring the top names in products, so I fully understand where you're coming from. I'll read reviews and testimonials before making a decision. I'll likely end up with Nikon lenses.
Thanks
John


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8/22/2005 12:10:11 PM

 
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