Hi there! Have lurked here for a few days learning lots, and decided it was time to jump on in.
I have my D70 and lens kit winging its way to me as we speak. My dilemma is concerning which lens to add to the kit lens. The two contenders are: a used Nikkor 70-210mm f4-5.4D as recommended by quite a few people, inc. Rockwell on his site....or the new Sigma 55-200mm DC lens.
I have found plenty of reviews on the Nikkor and, with the odd exception, it seems to be quite popular.
I have found little or no reviews on the Sigma lens, attributable I think to it being new.
Are there users here who use these lenses on the D70? How do you find them? Which would you plump for?
Any advice on this decision would be greatfully received!
Hi Glen, I really don't think that you need another lens right now. The kit lens is the equivalent of a 27-105mm in 35mm film which should cover more than 90% of most people's photographic needs. It also is quite small and a very good performer. Stick with it and shoot thousands of pictures. Enjoy your new camera !
Hi Glen You are the one to decide whether or not you need an extra lens, and I can give some advice on the Sigma 55-200 as I have one myself. I think it is a very nice lens for the price, it weighs just a little more than the kit lens and is only just slightly longer except with the hood on. It is capable of taking sharp pictures with good colors, but it does not have as fast focusing as the kit lens, but I don't consider it slowfocusing, though. I have no experience with the Nikon lens. You can see some examples of what I have achieved with the Sigma here: http://www.foto-basen.dk/?page=24&mode=myphotos&cat=all Best wishes Henrik Denmark
Hi Glen. Sorry about that, I have an auto log in, so of course it works when I try! Well, I'll try to lead you, here we go: Start at: www.fotobasen.dk Click on "Fotografliste" Click on "J" Find "Henrik Jensen" in the list Click on "Se billeder" You can choose between 8, 16, 24 or 32 pics shown at the lower right Then you should be able to see my pictures. Not all pics are with my D70/Sigma combination, but this is stated underneath the chosen pic what was used shooting the picture. You can click on the picture chosen to see a larger picture. I am aware of that some of the pictures are not tack sharp, but that is not an lens issue. I have shot lots of pictures not shown at this site with the Sigma lens which are sharp. I see some others recommend 2.8 lenses both zoom and prime, and it is true that they will work better, but we are talking prices 4- 8 times the price of the Sigma. I paid 169 EURO for the Sigma in Germany, my guess is you can get it for the same in dollars. Anyway, if money is no problem I would surely go for a 70-200 2.8 Nikon VR or a 80-400 Nikon VR.
I receommend a used in mint condition 80-200mm f2.8D with tripod collar. You will be pleased and will enjoy it lifetiem. I see too many people bought f3.5 lens and later on upgraded to f2.8, a huge waste of money. You can get it for around $550 on eBay. If you have a bigger budget, buy a 50mm f1.8D which cost $99 new. The fixed focal length lenses are always better than zoom lenses. So you may want to consider that option as well. They are cheaper. You will just have to carry more lenses to cover the range.
Do not buy a lot of lenses at a time, buy a few best and slowly add to your lens collection.
Also, do not buy the DX lenses (comes with your D70). The DX lenses do not work on film bodies and it is not clear it is the future direction Nikon will go.
All photographer have made mistakes in choosing lenses and you will too. So the best advice is, add as slowly as you can to make less mistakes. Hope this helps.
I have read pretty good things about the 70-210mm Nikkor on many of the review sites, and even people like Rockwell think quite highly of it (while at the same time negating the 70-300G and D lenses as possibly not as good). http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/7021056.htm
Like I say, I have no first hand experience...just writing from the information I can gather from others.
I have indeed read nothing but good things about the f2.8. If I could afford one right now I would certainly get it. As it is I am looking to get something in the interim. I know many will say to simply save up for the better lens...but as I'm learning as I go, I'm willing to take the hit.