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  1. #21
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    Turkey is one of my favorite countries. Have been there several times (on business) but did get to spend a day walking the bazaar in Izmir. "I shall return". Always wanted to take the Orient Express line through the former Yugoslavia. Alas, more time than money.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
    Ha! See, I can change...


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  2. #22
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    As an update:

    While the Vivitars (and manual lenses in general) work very well on modern DSLRs, I am finding the manual focusing, and extra weight, to be a little tedious. And for everyday shooting I do miss VR. Using the 18-105 VR in essentially the same range (i.e. 28-90) nets similar image quality, although not quite the same color and contrast, nor the f/2.8 advantage. However, tweeked in NX2 (using NEF) I can approximate those 28-90 qualities.

    I still recommend this lens for the beginner, and as a tripod lens, as it seems to instill experimenting with manual controls in general. If you are a "tweeker" this is your lens. If you like to point-and-shoot quickly...maybe not. I will still use this lens from time-to-time for close-ups and product shots, but for everyday shooting... AF and VR! Yes we are spoiled.

    For ~$76, for an f/2.8-3.5 lens, this is a fine addition to the collection. I still love using it, just not as my everyday lens.
    Last edited by D70FAN; 08-18-2013 at 08:16 PM.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
    Ha! See, I can change...


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  3. #23
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    The current consumer stuff really spoils us for quality D70. Amazing image quality available for not many $, it's nice to live in the 21st century
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

  4. #24
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    Indeed. For those of us who are hand-stability challenged, IS, VR, VC, etc. as well as being able to use much higher ISO, are a real step forward. I was getting tired of carrying a tripod or monopod everywhere for low-light shots.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
    Ha! See, I can change...


    http://d70fan.smugmug.com/

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