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syluok Registered since 08th Apr 2006Wed 24-May-06 08:38 PM
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I have a D50 with the kit lens (18-55mm f3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX).I also have an older Nikon AF 28-70mm 3.5-4.5D. Which lens combined with my D50 will produce the better quality images? Apart from the small difference in range, is there anything of significance that the kit lens has over the older lens or visa versa? I have taken images with both but remained undecided.

  

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MillerRS Registered since 06th May 2006Wed 24-May-06 09:52 PM
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The 28-70 is a great midrange zoom lens. Its auto focus isn’t the greatest and its a pretty old lens. The 55mm is probably superior just because it has silent wave AF technology, so it has a really fast AF. There isnt much of a zoom difference either, if you use the 18-55, you have better wide angle coverage. If you use the 28-70 you get a better zoom…but not that different. Both are great lens, but the 55 is probably better for today's digital world.

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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Wed 24-May-06 10:29 PM
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I think that the only way to trully know is to shoot with both.

I used to have the 28-70 for film. Good lens.

So if you can run some tests on a good tripod and report back,

ledmun

  

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Apotome Registered since 27th Jan 2006Wed 24-May-06 11:19 PM
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>I have a D50 with the kit lens (18-55mm f3.5-5.6G ED AF-S
>DX).I also have an older Nikon AF 28-70mm 3.5-4.5D.

I bought the 28-70mm for a steal off that big auction site. I got it in lieu of the 18-55mm. Call me stuck-up but I just couldn't stomach paying any money at all for a plastic mount lens. (Nikon what were you thinking?)

So far I'm really happy with the older lens. The AF is a bit slow, but the range isn't half bad. Given it all to do over again I'd probably go with the 28-105mm but that's another story.

> Which
>lens combined with my D50 will produce the better quality
>images? Apart from the small difference in range, is there
>anything of significance that the kit lens has over the
>older lens or visa versa? I have taken images with both but
>remained undecided.

Are you thinking of keeping only one and selling the other? If so, then I'd shoot some more test images and see what comes of it. You might want to shoot both lenses at both ends of their respective ranges and of course shoot some interiors and exteriors to compare.

But, if selling one isn't really necessary you might want to keep the 18-55 around as a "wide angle" lens. The 28mm end of the older lens is a bit limiting, depending on your type of subjects.

Good luck with your decision, and enjoy your D50 with whatever decision you make!

All the best,
Allan

  

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