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Volpone Registered since 02nd Nov 2005Wed 02-Nov-05 08:00 PM
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"Should I get the kit lens?"



          

My first post on Nikonians.org!

I decided to buy a Nikon D50. I don't own any Nikon lenses; because I'm getting more serious in my photography, I'm abandoning my limited investment in Minolta gear to switch to Nikon.

I can't decide whether I should get the D50 package with the 18-55mm kit lens. The D50 body by itself is about $120 cheaper, which I could use towards a better lens. Some reviews on the Web suggest going with a better lens, but because I'm not a professional (just an avid amateur), I don't know if it would make a difference for me.

Please tell me your opinions and experiences with the kit lens.

Dave

  

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ved50 Registered since 28th Oct 2005Wed 02-Nov-05 08:55 PM
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Boise, US
          

I bought the D50 with the kit lens (18-55mm) about 3 months back and I now start to feel the importance of a better lens. This lens is not an impressive one and I am seriously thinking to trade-in this for the 18-70mm lens that came with D70 kits. Be you a novice or experienced, when you start to feel that your pictures are not sharp as you might read in the reviews, you might doubt your camera settings and not the lens itself. I my opinion, the 18-70mm lens that came with D70, which is rated to be the best in class for the price. Moreover, you also get the advantage of 15mm more on the telephoto side which is best fit for most of the situations.

vedanth

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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Wed 02-Nov-05 10:45 PM
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eugene, US
          

The 18-70 is a much more versitle lens and if you shop around there are some D70 kits with the lens on close out, still out there for about the same as the D50 and lens and it has a $100 rebate on it.

ledmun

  

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Drewhound Registered since 01st Mar 2007Wed 02-Nov-05 10:45 PM
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I got the 18-70 with mine and it's a lovely lens, the quality is better and the extra reach is useful as well. I was going to go for a cheap longer lens but I'm going to hold off till I can buy better, it really is important to get good lenses. BTW, I'm strictly an amateur as well

One thing the 18-70 does have that the 18-55 doesn't is an auto/manual function, you can focus with auto but manually overide it by simply turning the focussing ring, it can be very useful

  

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nipprdog Registered since 29th Oct 2005Thu 03-Nov-05 12:44 AM
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>One thing the 18-70 does have that the 18-55 doesn't is an
>auto/manual function,

unless I'm missing something here, mine does.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/nippr/DSCN2418w.jpg

  

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Drewhound Registered since 01st Mar 2007Thu 03-Nov-05 01:21 AM
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I'm sorry, I phrased that badly. The two settings on the 18-70 are M and M/A. This means you can auto focus and then adjust the focus simply by turning the ring, with the 18-55 you'd need to move the auto/manual switch


  

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MINGZNIKONIAN Registered since 28th Oct 2005Thu 03-Nov-05 03:03 AM
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Regina, CA
          

Ever since I got the 50mm f1.8, I hardly use the kit lens, it just doesn't perform as well, IMO...

Consider the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8!!

MINGZCAN

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avm247 Moderator Awarded for high skills in documentary architecture and aviation photography Charter MemberThu 03-Nov-05 04:58 AM
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#7. "RE: Should I get the kit lens?"
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Rancho Cordova, US
          

Dave,

Welcome to Nikonians!

Personally, if you can afford it, I think you'll like the 18-70 lens better, it is equiv. to a 27-105mm lens in 35mm format and by all accounts I have read, is an excellent lens.

Here are some reviews for you to read:
18-55: http://www.bythom.com/1855lens.htm
18-70: http://www.bythom.com/1870lens.htm

Anthony

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Volpone Registered since 02nd Nov 2005Thu 03-Nov-05 01:28 PM
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#8. "RE: Should I get the kit lens?"
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Thank you for the advice. I decided to get the D50 body and a better lens.

Then I learned that a local store opened a new branch and has a great deal: spend over $1,000 and get $200 off! Suddenly, the D70 kit costs about the same as a D50+improved lens, so I'm going to go with the D70 instead.

If anyone is from the Rochester, NY area, check out Rowe Photo in Greece for this deal. It is good until the end of next week.

Thanks again,
Dave

  

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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Thu 03-Nov-05 01:32 PM
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eugene, US
          

Very good choice and you will not regret the upgrade.

The D50 is stripped of some very nice features that you will miss as you grow with digital.

ledmun

  

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