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caveman017
11-23-2005, 06:26 PM
I was playing with a D50 at my local camera store and well... i took about 80 pictures and am in love.

I am in high school, and well money is always a concern.

I found on Buydig.com the camera and 18-55m lens kit for $650 shipped, and if i buy the epson printer for $150, then get the rebate, then sell the printer on ebay for about $90, net cost of the camera is about $560

Now sometime in the next few months, I plan on getting a zoom lens for outdoor pics and such. Ive been looking around, the guy at the shop said the "quantom" lens was good (i think the lenses are 70-300mm)

Anyways, my budget for that lens is about $150, so any reccomendations?

A few other questions - I was using my standard speed SanDisk 512MB SD card today... and I didnt notice any lag whatsoever when shooting... so do i really need a new card?

How does that setup look?

What mm lens filters does that 18-55mm use?

Should i get this kit instead? the 28mm to 80mm?
http://www2.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=NKD502880

Thanks

K1W1
11-23-2005, 10:49 PM
I'll help with some of your questions.

I'd go with the 18-55 lens personally. With crop factor it's still effectively about 27 - 80. The other lens is effectively 40 - 120 so there is a fairly big difference at the wide end. I guess you know what you are more likey to want to photograph but the 18-55 will allow you to experiment more and decide which direction you want to go in as your skills improve.

Your card is not an issue except size. The D50 has a fairly big internal buffer (32 MB?) so the write speed of a card is not an issue unless you plan on using contiuous shooting mode for more than 4 or 5 shots regularly. If you took 80 shots in a camera store that would be close to what you will get on you card using RAW mode so think how quickly you filled it up!

Whichever lens you end up with you will love this camera so you can't go wrong.

timmciglobal
11-24-2005, 08:35 AM
I'd skip the kit lens get the 18-70 lens from the D70, OR skip both, ask your parents for money (hey lenses are a good investment) and buy the 18-200 VR2 lens when it comes out.

Tim

timmciglobal
11-24-2005, 08:36 AM
Oh and "Quantom" was probably ritz camera quantaray lenses which are total crap.

Tim

caveman017
11-24-2005, 09:39 AM
Oh and "Quantom" was probably ritz camera quantaray lenses which are total crap.

Tim
yeah, quantaray sounds right.. Alright, I'll skip on it, I didnt like how long it took to focus and it seemed noiser then the cheaper nikon 70-300

What 70-300 lens should i get though? I really dont want to spend more then $150

Parents wont give me any more money for this, and well I'm already pushing my money limit getting a DSLR instead of a P&S DSLR Like (like the canon s2)

D70FAN
11-24-2005, 09:53 AM
yeah, quantaray sounds right.. Alright, I'll skip on it, I didnt like how long it took to focus and it seemed noiser then the cheaper nikon 70-300

What 70-300 lens should i get though? I really dont want to spend more then $150

Parents wont give me any more money for this, and well I'm already pushing my money limit getting a DSLR instead of a P&S DSLR Like (like the canon s2)

You might want to stretch that budget by about $50 and get the Sigma 70-300 APO. Make sure that the lens is an APO and not DL. This lens also has some macro capability, but at 1:2 is not a true macro which is 1:1. Here is the whole lens description:

Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO- M DG Nikon Mount.

I have the Nikkor 70-300 G and it is not worth the $50 savings.

caveman017
11-24-2005, 10:01 AM
One last question: When looking online, the 18-55 is a 3x zoom (55/18), yet the 70-300 is only 4x (300/70)

does this mean I'm not going to get that much more zoom out of it?

Blob
11-24-2005, 10:14 AM
I found a good buy on ebay. I got a 24-85mm 3.5-4.5G ED lens for 189.00, (it was 350.00 new at the time but now it is 250.00 after nikon rebate). I love it as a walk around lense for my D50. The lens was in perfect condition and performs beautifully. There are a lot of auctions for various lenses on ebay, if you're willing to risk purchasing from an unknown source you may save a lot of money and get quality glass.

I have also heard good things about KEH camera brokers. They offer used lenses from all manufacturers, maybe you can find a long lens in your price range there....

http://www.keh.com/shop/brand.cfm?sid=newused

Regards,

Bob

K1W1
11-24-2005, 05:56 PM
One last question: When looking online, the 18-55 is a 3x zoom (55/18), yet the 70-300 is only 4x (300/70)

does this mean I'm not going to get that much more zoom out of it?

The zoom is the ratio of the shortest to the longest distance. 18 over 55 or 70 over 300. You are confusing the zoom ratio with the focal length.
55 on the D50 is effectively 82 on a 35 mm camera.
300 on a D50 is effectively 450 on a 35 mm camera.
You should be comparing 55 with 300 not the internal zoom ratios of each lens.