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    Nikon D90??

    I'm looking to upgrade my Pentax *ist DS with a Nikon D90. Firstly, is a Nikon D90 worth the money or is it just a more expensive version of the D80? Secondly, I have two sigma lenses, an 18-50mm and a 55-200mm. Will these fit onto a D90. If they don't fit onto the D90 is an 18-200mm lens any good?

    I mainly use my camera to take photos of my daughter, family gatherings and landscapes. I'm more of a wannabe photographer than anything near the real deal, however, I did use to work for a portraiture studio and all the photogs there were raving about the D80 & 90. Would the D90 really be the best avenue for me to go down or a Canon?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Kiwi; 12-06-2008 at 03:37 AM.

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    the body itself is pretty much the same but thats where it ends. most importantly, it's a completely differnet sensor to the d80. it is actually the same sensor thats in a d300. its an outstanding tool.

    you're pentax mount lens' will not work on the d90. it comes with a pretty good 18-105VR kit lens to which you can add a 70-300VR lens later if you want more range. the nikon 18-200VR is versatile but the image quality from it is comprimised a little from that flexibility.

    if you are in sydney, check out cameras.net.au.
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    Thanks. I had actually heard that the image quality was compromised in the 18-200mm -what does that actually mean? Will the images be blurry etc?

    Also, with a larger lens, does it take the camera longer to focus?

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    no, not blurry. its just not as sharp as other lens'. its still a very good lens and most people would be, and are, very happy with it. the 16-85VR is a better lens for example, but it doesnt have the range so its not as convenient.

    the 18-200 is an "af-s" lens so it focusses very quickly. sometimes the focal length can slow a lens focus down in long range lens; but in this case, its not much of an issue.
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    I had a look at www.cameras.net.au (thanks for that) and they have the 18-105mm kit plus the 70-300mm lens for around what I was looking to spend. However, looking at www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au they have the kit also for a similar price but have a sigma or tamron 70-300mm lens for a third of the price of the Nikkor 70-300mm. Does the Nikon take the sigma and/or tamron lenses - as I just followed the 'Nikon Mount' link (if that makes sense) that was on the site.

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    yes, the tamron and sigma both come in nikon mount. the advantages of the nikon over the other 2 lens' are:

    1. vibration reduction, this is really a "must have" for this long focal length.
    2. af-s, (fast AF speed),
    3. better optical quality.

    it comes down to your budget really. if you can afford it, the nikon 70-300 is a great tele.
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    Actually looking at the dcw website they have a Nikkor AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED for $759 and a Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6G for $199 - do you know the difference between these two?

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    the 70-300G is a piece of shit. lol
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    a cheaper option is the d90 with the 18-55VR and 55-200VR. http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/prod5415.htm
    whats your final budget and what sort of things do you like to shoot ?
    Last edited by Rooz; 12-06-2008 at 04:33 AM.
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    Well that settles that one then )

    Thanks for your help - I think I'm pretty settled on the D90 with 18-105 & 70-300mm lenses now.

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