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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Bloom
    Thanks.

    What do you folks think of the Tamron 75 to 300 4-5.6 zoom Tele Macro (1:3.9)? (The lower price alone makes me think it it not as good as the Sigma).

    Also, any thoughts about the SanDisk Ultra II sd card versus the regular speed SanDisk sd card, as it relates to the D50? Is it worth the price difference?

    Many thanks,
    Sandy
    Forget the Tamron 75-300, and take coldrains advice on the Sigma.

    Get the Ultra II. The D50 can use it when you decide to shoot in continuous mode, and downloads from the camera or a USB2.0HS card reader (I recommend the latter) will be quicker as well.
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    Thank you for these questions and answers...

    I'm a beginner and was wondering if it's worth it to pull for the D70s or even the D200. All of these quesitons and answers are helping me decide on the D50 just to get into the game.

    I have a quesiton... I searched for the Sigma 70-300 and found a 2 lens Sigma kit... both the 70-300 and 28-80... do you think this would be a good combination with the D50 (body only)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcapazzi
    I'm a beginner and was wondering if it's worth it to pull for the D70s or even the D200. All of these quesitons and answers are helping me decide on the D50 just to get into the game.

    I have a quesiton... I searched for the Sigma 70-300 and found a 2 lens Sigma kit... both the 70-300 and 28-80... do you think this would be a good combination with the D50 (body only)?
    If you really need the extra features on the D70 or D200, have at it. The D50 does perfectly fine if you don't *need* them.

    As for the lenses, I wouldn't do it. 28-80 isn't a good focal range (not enough of a wide end) for a DSLR unless you have a 2.8 lens in that range and like doing portraits. 28-80 translates to 42-120 on a Nikon DSLR. I plan to dump my 28-80 as soon as I can (mine was the same price as body only, so why not). I would go for the 18-55 or even better, the 18-70 lens. The 70-300 is the cheapo version, as opposed to the well-liked APO DG Macro version (though still not expensive), which is known to produce better results than the rest in its class.
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    Sigma 70 to 300 APO Zoom

    [QUOTE=George Riehm]Forget the Tamron 75-300, and take coldrains advice on the Sigma.

    I was just about to buy this lens on Coldrain's advice, but then I read and heard folks say the AF was slow at higher zoom lengths. My concern: Does this mean that the Sigma APO zoom will not work well for sports and other situations where I want to stop fast action?

    Regards,

    Sandy

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    [QUOTE=Sandy Bloom]
    Quote Originally Posted by George Riehm
    Forget the Tamron 75-300, and take coldrains advice on the Sigma.

    I was just about to buy this lens on Coldrain's advice, but then I read and heard folks say the AF was slow at higher zoom lengths. My concern: Does this mean that the Sigma APO zoom will not work well for sports and other situations where I want to stop fast action?

    Regards,

    Sandy
    If you are shooting sports in daylight the Sigma 70-300 will work fine. To be honest we are just choosing the lesser of evils with the Sigma 70-300 APO DG. It's a consumer lens that can produce good daylight images from about 70-250, but too slow for indoor sports. For sports (in general) you might want to look at the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8. Beyond that it can get really expensive.
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    It is up to you to choose which one you prefer, both are very nice cameras. The D50 will leave you with more financial room for nice lenses.

    I ordered the D50 one lens kit from "Dbuys" at $589.00 complete. They had the lowest price, five stars, and many positive reviews. On the phone, I found them to be rather rude when I asked lots of questions, including what was in the kit, whether this was not a gray market item, full USA Nikon warranty, etc.

    So, my question is, how can I tell if this is the real McCoy or a gray market item? When I will receive it in a few days, I will have ten days to return it. Do you guys have any experience with this outfit?

    Thanks,

    Sandy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Bloom
    So, my question is, how can I tell if this is the real McCoy or a gray market item? When I will receive it in a few days, I will have ten days to return it. Do you guys have any experience with this outfit?
    There should be a US warranty in the box. If it is not there, it is probably gray market.

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    [QUOTE=George Riehm]
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Bloom

    If you are shooting sports in daylight the Sigma 70-300 will work fine. To be honest we are just choosing the lesser of evils with the Sigma 70-300 APO DG. It's a consumer lens that can produce good daylight images from about 70-250, but too slow for indoor sports. For sports (in general) you might want to look at the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8. Beyond that it can get really expensive.
    I spoke to Sigma on the phone about the slow autofocus of the 70-300 APO lens. The gal suggested the 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 DG Macro (non APO). There are actually two of these, one says just DG and has "New" next to it on sigma USA's Home Page.

    Any opinion on these lenses compared to the 70 - 300 APO lens I've been obsessing about? The price of the two lenses above seem to range from 250 to 300 bucks. I'd be happy to pay this price for a better lens.

    Thanks again,

    Sandy

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    [QUOTE=Sandy Bloom][]

    I spoke to Sigma on the phone about the slow autofocus of the 70-300 APO lens. The gal suggested the 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 DG Macro (non APO). There are actually two of these, one says just DG and has "New" next to it on sigma USA's Home Page.

    Any opinion on these lenses compared to the 70 - 300 APO lens I've been obsessing about? The price of the two lenses above seem to range from 250 to 300 bucks. I'd be happy to pay this price for a better lens.

    Thanks again,

    Sandy[/QUOTE]


    Actually, I found out that the 28-300 Sigma DG Macro has a 1/4 life size macro versus the 1/2 life size macro of the 70-300 APO Sigma Macro. B&H Price of the 28-300 is 259.00, and 199.00 for the APO. Also, regarding people complaining about the slow autofocus of the Sigma 70-300 APO, B&H says it is in nanoseconds, not the 3 to 4 secs I have heard folks say. I'd really appreciate any opinions you guys have here. Thanks again,

    Sandy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Bloom
    [QUOTE=Sandy Bloom][]

    I spoke to Sigma on the phone about the slow autofocus of the 70-300 APO lens. The gal suggested the 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 DG Macro (non APO). There are actually two of these, one says just DG and has "New" next to it on sigma USA's Home Page.

    Any opinion on these lenses compared to the 70 - 300 APO lens I've been obsessing about? The price of the two lenses above seem to range from 250 to 300 bucks. I'd be happy to pay this price for a better lens.

    Thanks again,

    Sandy


    Actually, I found out that the 28-300 Sigma DG Macro has a 1/4 life size macro versus the 1/2 life size macro of the 70-300 APO Sigma Macro. B&H Price of the 28-300 is 259.00, and 199.00 for the APO. Also, regarding people complaining about the slow autofocus of the Sigma 70-300 APO, B&H says it is in nanoseconds, not the 3 to 4 secs I have heard folks say. I'd really appreciate any opinions you guys have here. Thanks again,

    Sandy
    Of all the lenses Sigma makes, and they do make some good ones, I believe that the 28-300 (new or old) is the absolute worst. A true waste of glass and plastic. I can barely stand to look at the MTF chart.

    If you want that 300mm top end, at a reasonable price, then stay with the 70-300 APO DG Macro. For under $200 it's as good as you are likely to find. Even under $400.

    In closing there is no camera or lens that I know of that can focus in nanoseconds, unless they are converting 200 milliseconds (0.2 seconds) to 20,000,000 nanoseconds just to sound fast. By the same token 3-4 seconds is the exception rather than the norm, caused by lack of contrast, or poor low light focus on the camera side.
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