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Help! I'm an amateur!

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Jon H, Jul 3, 2005.

  1. Jon H

    Jon H

    Jun 25, 2005
    Stockton, CA
    Hello all. I am a new owner of the D70, my new best friend. I got it mainly because I wanted to get back into photography and also for when I travel. I have a question that you all might be able to help me with. I am thinking about getting a zoom lens and am thinking about the 70-300mm f4-5.6 G and also the 70-300mm f4-5.6D ED. I think the first one retails for about $200 and the second is twice the price for $400. I've heard that the ED has a better quality glass than the G but I'm wondering since I'm am amateur if this is really that big of a difference. But I want a lens that I can keep and use for a long long time. (I'm a poor college student, btw.) I welcome any and all comments/advice on other possible lenses that would be good as well. FYI I mostly do landscapes, nature, and portraits. Also any advice on any other subject would be great. Thank you all.
    - Jon
  2. dbirdsong

    dbirdsong Guest

    The ED lens is a great lens, but if you don't want to spend that kind of money consider the Sigma 70-300 Super APO Marco instead.
    I bought the "G" lens and returned it and bought the Sigma instead and it was a pretty good lens. I have since upgraded to a faster lens, but that lens served me well/
  3. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
  4. fks


    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi jon-

    i found this on techbargains:

    Onecall has the nikon Digital SLR Zoom 300 Bag and 70-300mm f/4-5.6 G Lens Kit with D70 extended warranty for $149.88, $14.91 shipping. Tax in WA, WV


  5. Nikon or aftermarket?

    I started with a couple tokinas
    well after a couple years I bought Nikon ED lens
    and then got into the AFs lens

    just on Thursday another $1200 for a 17-55mm AFs :eek: 

    Nikon has a certain quality that shows

    depends on where you go with photography.......

    a couple hundred buxs for a lens... and have great quality

    or several thousand on several lens to make a living?

    go with Nikon
  6. Vandyu


    May 14, 2005
    Richmond, VA
    That looks like a nice starter kit. I just bought the Nikon 28-200, which I like so far. Still trying out the Nikon 70-300ED.

    Can someone tell me if I should just use the 28-200 as a walk around lens and use my kit lens, 18-55, for wide angle needs. Then, wait on the 70-300 until I see if Nikon is going to redesign a 70-300 for the DX series? Right now, my 70-300 purchase qualifies for the $50 rebate, making it $289.

    I was told by a Ritz Camera clerk, where I bought both lenses, that the digital lenses will perform better than the film lenses. I tried the 55-200 but didn't care for it that much.

    Will try to get myself signed up with a host service so I can show my work. So far, everything is on automatic. I know, I've got to start challenging myself. I love my D50. But, that lens lust stuff is becoming a problem and I haven't gotten anywhere near four figures yet :roll:
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