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Single Focal Length vs. Zoom

Mon 11-Feb-02 12:32 PM

I have a question that probably belongs somewhere else in these discussion boards, but I'm going to ask it here, since it seems relevant to this discussion. I got a N65 with at 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D lens about a month ago, and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. Compared to my old point and shoot, this thing is a dream. I am thinking of picking up another lens or two in the future, but before I go out and spend hundreds on lenses I may or may not need, I wanted to know one thing. Would it be better for me to grab a telephoto zoom lens (like the 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED), or a single focal length lens (like a 105mm Micro Nikkor)? I know this is really user-dependent, being that some people really love their primes, and some really like their zooms, but what are the virtues/vices of the primes and zooms? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!