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Final Choices for New D50 Lens-Opinions

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Vandyu, Jun 25, 2005.

  1. Vandyu


    May 14, 2005
    Richmond, VA
    Here is my shopping list and price comparisons for my lens. I'd like to buy locally and don't mind paying a few extra dollars to get it now and be able to return handily. Since I already have the D50 kit lens (DX 18-55mm), I'm looking for telephoto capability that is reasonable and might get me some animal closeups. Several of you guys have already weighed in and I've incorporated your recommendations. I really want to get into the stores today and start looking at them. So what do you think?



    Nikon USA
    Price : $ 129.95
    Zoom Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Autofocus Lens - Black

    Nikon USA Price : $ 304.95
    Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF Autofocus Lens

    Nikon USA Price : $ 309.95
    Mail-In Rebate: $ 50.00
    Price After Rebate: $ 259.95 Zoom Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6D ED Autofocus Lens

    Nikon USA 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
    Approx. Price $ 249.00


    Nikon USA 70-300mm F4-5.6 'G' Autofocus Zoom Lens $179.95

    Nikon USA 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF Nikkor Zoom $369.99

    Nikon USA 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED AF Zoom-Nikkor $339.99
    Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Approx. Price $249.00


    Nikon USA
    70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Zoom-Nikkor

    Nikon USA
    28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF Zoom-Nikkor

    70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED AF Zoom-Nikkor

    Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Approx. Price $249.00
  2. I would opt for the 70-300mm ED (not G) zoom. It will give you more reach at the long end than the 28-200mm, you won't end up with so much overlap with your kit kens and it is a good performer for the price.

    Good luck and let us know what you end up with. Also, post some shots when you get it.

  3. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    I would also go for the 70-300 ED lens.
  4. Definitely the 70-300 ED. In fact, I seriously regret giving mine to a new D70 owner. It is a fantastic lens and I used it as my first 'macro' lens last year. It is also the perfect travel lens.
  5. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    That is the one i have for sale :>))

    70-300 ED
  6. Vandyu


    May 14, 2005
    Richmond, VA
    Today, I went to Circuit City and three camera shops. My trip to CC was to redeem the 10% off coupon I forgot to take with me when I bought the D50. So, I'm in heaven. Not counting sales tax, I wound up paying $769.50 for my new D50 Kit :D 

    My salesman told me right after I left, someone bought the demo he had just put out. I think these are going to sell well.

    Next, on to Richmond Camera and two Ritz Cameras. The Ritz that had both the DX55-200 and 70-300ED last night sold the DX, so I could only look at the 70-300ED. I bought it and went to Ritz #2 and they had the DX55-200 and the 28-200. There I was with their D50 demo with one lens and my D50 with another, swapping back and forth.

    Impressions: If I hadn't already had the DX18-55, I would have purchased the 28-200. Really nice, lightweight lens with a wide range. However, when compared to the DX55-200, for whatever mathematical reason, the 28-200 did not have the same telephoto closeness at 200 as the 55-200, which is designed for digital cameras, whereas the 28-200 is not.

    Now, when you add the 70-300 into the mix, things become more complicated. It is the heaviest of the three. Zooms out farther so balance and wobble are more of a problem for me. I do like the extra telephoto capability, just not the weight. I really would like to buy what isn't available right now (naturally). That would be a DX70-300, which I think would be lighter. However, Nikon is probably holding this back for now, but it's a logical additional,IMHO, to the DX lineup.

    So, as I sit here, I have both the 70-300ED and the DX55-200 at home to try out. I assured Ritz I wasn't going on vacation just needing a few new lenses for the next 2 weeks :lol:

    The Ritz price was $4-5 higher on both lens than the local shop, Richmond Camera; but Richmond Camera offered the 28-200 for $70 less! Ritz is higher because of their locations in malls, I presume. The higher price for convenience.

    The choice at this point is: weight advantage DX55-200; telephoto advantage 70-300ED. Price difference: after $50 rebate good through 6/30 from Nikon, the 70-300 costs $40 more.
  7. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    My honest opinion Vandyu is that you use only the kitlens for some time before spending more money on a low cost telephoto.

    Having bought two lenses with my first DSLR, however I know that ain't gonna fly. You should realize though that the next lens you lust for will likely cost 5 to 10 times as much as the one you are about to buy, and will cover much less focal length range.

    You might discover favorite angles of view - that it, focal lengths, that you will prefer to use. For example, I like 24-35mm a lot, as well as 85-120mm, but it's a struggle for me to use 40-60mm effectively. So I would recommend buying the 'cheap' telephoto that gives you the widest range (well, without compromising too much on quality - I guess that means the 70-300 ED.) Then you will have a better opportunity to learn what expensive lens(es) you will ultimately want to get.

    Because if you are a latent bird shooter, 200mm won't do it for you.

    On the other hand :twisted: if the 55-200 really is a gem, you'll always wish you had it, and depending on how much easier it is to carry, you might be more likely to have it available for any given photo ...


    Ok, wait, I know: flip a coin!
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