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    Best lens for D50

    Hello! I have been over at the Panasonic side of this forum for a long time, due to owning an FZ20. I am seriously looking into getting the D50 soon and am just starting my research. I am tryin to find out all I can about the different lenses. I have read that the Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX lense is one of the best. Is this an everyday lens? Would I need to buy 3 different lenses, one for my indoor low light sports shots( Commercial wrestling, WWE), one for outdoor shots, and finally one for portraits? Or would the above lense cover this? As I said I am just starting out with the DSLR research and thank you for your help and understanding of my "newbie" questions!

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    Step 1) Go to the Lens forum
    Step 2) Read Rex's Lens Buyers Guide
    Step 3) Be enlightened.
    Step 4) Come back if you have further questions.

    EDIT: Here's a link

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    And no, the lens you mention is not one of the best, by far. It is just not one if the worst.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

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    Coldrain, thanks for the reply and info/opinion. I asked because Ken Rockwell seemed to like this lens quite a bit, called it one of the best lenses hes used. Balrog, thanks for the link, it was very insightful. I do have a couple ideas for lenses from that link, thanks! Any personal suggestions from other users would be great

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    jcon, that does not mean it is not a nice lens to have. For its price it is a good lens, that will not let you down.

    If you are looking for one of the best lenses for that range you are talking about a Nikkor AF-S f2.8 28-70mm IF-ED for instance, or a Nikkor AF-S DX f2.8 17-55mm. But that kind of glass will set you back a cool $2000 and $1500 or so respectivily.

    So, you could do worse than getting that D70s kit lens...
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

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    Thanks again coldrain! I appreciate your insight as I am just learning this all now! I guess I need to look alot harder at what my needs are. I am planning on getting the Nikon 50mm F/1.8 lens for sure, then after that I am not sure, A nice zoom would be nice, nothing too expensive as I need to budget myself in the early stages, a lens cmoparable to 10x zoom would be nice but am not sure what they would cost. Thanks again coldrain, much appreciated!

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    For a faster lens in a similar range as the Nikon 18-70 (for indoor low-light sports, or portraits) you could look at the Tamron 28-75/2.8 XR Di; it's very well regarded, and about $400, I think. The problem with it is that you lose the wide end; if that doesn't bother you, it's probably the best choice.
    The Sigma 24-70/2.8 is a bit wider; the Sigma 18-50/2.8 even more so, but you give up some reach.

    For one of the "10x zoom" types - you're lucky you're a Nikon user: you should check out the newly released Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 VR; it's on preorder for around $670 i think. Tamron and Sigma have similar lenses for cheaper ($400) but they're slower, and unstabilized. If you can't get that now, save up. "Budgeting" and buying lower-grade lenses always ends up being more expensive than just buying quality to begin with.
    Last edited by Balrog; 11-11-2005 at 01:59 PM.

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    That Nikkor 50mm f1.8 is a very good idea. For a lens with some reach you can look at the Sigma 18-125mm and 18-200mm, both are well thought of in their field, I think George Riehm has a 18-125 on his 70D and is happy with it.
    Not sure, but around 200 for the 18-125 and 400 for the 18-200.

    A bit more pricey will be the new Nikkor 18-200 VR one, that will come out in the end of december. It seems to be a nice lens though, image stabilization for about 700$.

    The 55-200 nikkor is kind of crap, so do not consider that one... it gets very soft in the corners especially at 200mm, loses contrast too at the longer end (at 55mm it is a very good lens...) and vignets quite strongly.

    Another idea may be that Nikkor 18-75 kit lens with a Sigma 70-300mm APO DG version... a big range of 18-300mm together, and not expensive... and a 1:2 macro mode to boot.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

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    Thank you both for the great suggestions. I have been eyeing the Sigma 18-200 and the yet to be released Nikkor 18-200, its a bit pricey for me to start with the Sigma has caught my eye from both sample images and reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcon
    Thank you both for the great suggestions. I have been eyeing the Sigma 18-200 and the yet to be released Nikkor 18-200, its a bit pricey for me to start with the Sigma has caught my eye from both sample images and reviews.
    A month ago, I would have said go for the Sigma. Now, I would advise you to save up the extra $270 for the Nikkor. Initial pictures are very (very) good, but we should probably wait for the reviews. It's darned tempting to pre-order and I will probably succumb before December.

    Even if the Nikkor (for some weird reason) turns out to be ho-hum, you will have an extra $270 to spend on something else.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
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    Ha! See, I can change...


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