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gsusmaniac
10-05-2008, 05:56 PM
I am looking to get another lens.

I now have-
D40
18-55 Kit Lens
55-200 VR
SB-600

I am looking for something faster. I found a local guy selling "Nikon d70s Digital DSLR with sigma 2.8 lens and Battery Grip" for $475. Would it be worth buying this. He states they are in "Excellent" Condition.

I have $500 to use for the new lens, and I dont mind buying a used lens.

Would it be worth it to upgrade to the D70?

I just need a lot of help if anyone can offer some, which I know you all can!

K1W1
10-05-2008, 06:05 PM
I don't think that going from a D40 to a D70S is an upgrade.
Sure you get more bells and whistles but I don't believe that you will get better image quality. Read some of the D70S reviews on DCResource or DPReview and compare them with the D40 reviews on the same sites.

gsusmaniac
10-05-2008, 07:05 PM
So what lense would you recomend that I look for that I could pick up in the $500 dollar range? Used or New

Or should I say the money until I can get more and look into getting a better lens later on?

Visual Reality
10-05-2008, 07:11 PM
I'd keep the D40 and look at the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. The Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 is a good choice also. Faster AF, but not quite as sharp as the Tamron. Pick your poison.

TheWengler
10-05-2008, 07:13 PM
What are you going to use the lens for? What 2.8 Sigma is specifically included?

gsusmaniac
10-05-2008, 07:36 PM
Well as far as what I will be shooting...I shoot a lot of different things. But the main thing I want a faster lens for is weddings and receptions. I also like to shoot portraits and people.

Here is what he says in the rest of his add.

"It is exc condition and comes with a sigma 28-70 f2.8, battery grip, two batteries.
thanks "

mugsisme
10-05-2008, 07:39 PM
Are you looking for a low light lens for the wine shoot? I love my 18-50 Sigma lens. It stays on all the time except for when I need more zoom. I think that my images have been really sharp and over all I am very happy.

Some people think it is a little soft around the edges, but I didn't find that.

If you are willing to spend more than $500, see if you can find a used Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 lens. There are two versions. The new one is closer to $700 new. But I bet you can get the used one for closer to $500. the differences are not a lot, from what I saw on the dpreview forum a few months ago. (It was in the Nikon Lens section.) I have still been toying with the idea of that lens. I saw some really incredible pictures on flickr with it.

gsusmaniac
10-05-2008, 07:48 PM
I keep my 55-200 on most of the time, but find that 55 is not wide enough for a lot of things. That is why I was thinking that 24-70 was a good range. If I need more zoom I have the 55-200 in the bag.

K1W1
10-05-2008, 08:08 PM
16-85 VR Nikkor - $570.00 at B&H (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/545654-USA/Nikon_2178_16_85mm_f_3_5_5_6G_ED_VR.html)

gsusmaniac
10-05-2008, 08:37 PM
Here are a couple lenses I was looking at...

-Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens

-Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras

-Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Macro Lens for Nikon Digital SLR

-Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro DF Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF

K1W1-What makes that lense worth buying, just the VR? I have not spent much time learning about lenses, so I still have a lot to learn!

K1W1
10-05-2008, 09:58 PM
K1W1-What makes that lense worth buying, just the VR?

* It's both wider and longer than any of the other lenses you are looking at.
* It's an AF-S lens so it will work with the D40
* It's getting generally very good reviews for quality
* The VR is a bonus but gives you a bit more leeway in dim situations.
* It's generally in the price range.

Rooz
10-06-2008, 03:29 AM
Well as far as what I will be shooting...I shoot a lot of different things. But the main thing I want a faster lens for is weddings and receptions. I also like to shoot portraits and people.

Here is what he says in the rest of his add.

"It is exc condition and comes with a sigma 28-70 f2.8, battery grip, two batteries.
thanks "

so now its time you considered a couple of things. do you want to comprimise or not ? if the answer is comprimise, then go with the options you picked although i'd pick the 16-85VR as a "comprimise lens".

the alternative is NOT to comprimise. if you are lookign to do weddings and receptions REALLY well then the answer is simple. 50mm f1.4 afs. it will smoke any of the options you just put up. sure it aint wide, but hey...you cant have everything.

i understand you shoot alot of different things but thats what your kit lens is for.

on and btw: forget the d70s.

gsusmaniac
10-06-2008, 08:13 AM
Ooooo....When do they release that? It just says 2008 on there website! I cant even find it on B&H for pre-order


**edit- Found it on Adorama for Pre-Order...wonder how long till its released and if it will be a hard lens to get??

And why cant I have everything Rooz...thats just not fair!

gsusmaniac
10-06-2008, 02:21 PM
Ok...scratch the SB600 from my first post. I went ahead and ordered the SB-800 instead. I decided that the 800 would got with my D40 a little better.

Then I am going to hold out for the release of the 50mm AF-S.

So thanks for all the help. I realize that with the flash I wont necessarily need the faster lense in all situations. So the 50mm should be a blast and help me at weddings and receptions and my other lenses should cover most the things I need them for!

TheWengler
10-06-2008, 02:28 PM
Jeff's post says December.

aparmley
10-07-2008, 06:35 PM
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