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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:12 pm 
Hey all,

So here's what's going on. I'm a college student on a fairly strict budget. My good friend tinkers around with his Canon 30D and has four lenses (and i dont know all about their stats, but here's the gist of them):

- 28-135mm (stock)
- 20mm fixed something
- 50mm f1.4 something
- 70-200mm f2.8 L Series

I've been lucky enough to play around with his camera pretty often and it's gotten me in to photography. I've searched around, and I really love the feel of the Nikon D80.

From different reviews I've read/watched, I know Nikon's new 18-200mm VR lens is one of the most sought after combinations with the D80 on the market (another friend has that lens, and it is SWEET!).

Because I cant afford to blow $1700 (US) right now, I'm considering getting the D80 with the stock Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX Zoom (one of the stock lenses).

Along with that, I'd like to get a fixed 50mm lens. There are several to chose from:
- AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ($120-ish US)
- Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AF D ($300-ish US)

Is spending 3x as much for the f1.4 worth it? I dunno...

And i'm also looking for a good telephoto zoom lens less than $1000... any good suggestions?


Sorry this is long, but I appreciate your time and thanks for reading!

-DB
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:20 pm 
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Hello Thestig2010, and welcome to the friendly Camera Labs forum!
Going for the Nikon D80? Very good decision!
As to lenses I'd suggest the combo 18-70mm kit, 70-300mmVR plus 50mm/f1.8.
(You'd need/love VR for anything longer than 50mm!)
You'll be very happy with this combo!

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I'll second that recommendation. Nice call Thomas.

Zorro 8)

P.S. Anyone want to buy a barely used Nikkor 18-135mm lens?

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Hi thestig2010, I'll third that recommendation!

PS - Zorro, I don't mind private sales between members of Cameralabs, but we can't have adverts on the forum pages as some parties may consider us liable as the publisher. I should put a disclaimer in the forum signup for future reference. Sorry, that's just legal stuff for you. Besides, I bet you'd get much more response from eBay!


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No worries Gordon. I was actually just having a laugh, it's not really for sale.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 1:02 pm 
Yes
The 18-70mm and 70-300mm combo is definately wiser if you don't mind changing lenses.


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Hi thestig2010,

I hope you don't mind but I've moved this topic into the Nikon forum. As I understand it your preamble about the Canon 30D was just an introduction into your desired capability from a D80 so I think you may get the best response in this forum.

Good luck.

Bob.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:24 pm 
I would say pickup up the body alone, and get the Nikkor 18-70mm and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. All for about $1400 but on amazon.com you could get it for about $1250! With the extra cash you could maybe get a speedlight like the SB-600 whic h would be great because you could use the Nikon CLS(Creative Lighting System).


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:14 pm 
Thanks for moving the thread!

I appreciate the advice!

I'm wondering if anyone has used the Nikon 70-300mm VR in practice and how well it performs..? I've read some reviews on kenrockwell.com, as well as some other sites.


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