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Advice: What's Best Budget wide-angle zoom/macro?


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Bcbflies Basic Member
Wed 07-Feb-01 08:45 PM

I'm a poor, struggling college student and want an AF Nikkor wide angle Zoom with macro capability. I currently use an FG, but will be moving to an N70 in 6 months or so. Thus, I'd like to go ahead and get an AF lens. Here's what I'm seeing:

35-70 3.3-4.5 - I see it for around $75 or less and Moose Petersen says it's a good lens....I just don't know about macro ability on it. (Is it much different than the "N" version?)

28-85 3.5-4.5 - I see this one for around $170. Sure, I'd like to have the wider angle lens, but if the 35-70 is good in macro mode, then I'd rather take the 100 bucks to put towards a 70-300 4-5.6D lens. Petersen isn't as keen on this one it seems.

Is there any other lens in this price/focal range that would be a better buy? Thanks for all your help.