D-70 Lenses - 18-70mm vs 24-120mm

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Alan Wonsowski, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. I am considering the purchase of the Nikon D-70. The kit lens is the
    18-70mm. I am thinking about the 24-120mm lens instead (will cost
    about $170.00 more) because of the image stabilization and longer
    focal length. Are there any other advantages or disadvantages (other
    than cost) for each of these lenses? Thoughts, comments and opinions
    would be welcomed.

    Thanks,
    Alan
     
    Alan Wonsowski, Jan 6, 2005
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  2. Alan Wonsowski

    bmoag Guest

    If you have no interest or use for any kind of wide angle coverage then the
    24-120 lens is clearly superior.
    However the 24mm lens on a D70 will have the effective angle of view of
    about a 40mm lens or longer (allowing for a bit of cropping).
    I would not be happy with this as the widest angle lens I had available.
    The biggest usability problem with these small dSLR sensors is getting high
    quality wide angle lenses.
    Because the camera design is locked to the 35mm SLR form factor there is
    only a little room for fudging the size of the mirror box to allow for
    producing reasonably priced, but not necessarily very high quality,
    retrofocus lenses in the sub 24mm effective focal length range.
    The D70 kit lens may not be a world beater but the price makes up for its
    deficiencies.
     
    bmoag, Jan 6, 2005
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  3. Alan Wonsowski

    paul Guest


    Th 24-120 has an odd sized filter thread so not as compatible if you
    plan to get other lenses & attachments. As mentioned the wide angle is
    the toughest thing with DSLR's & you'd have to spend $1,000+ on a second
    wide angle in addition to this if you felt the need later versus the kit
    which is probably good enough. So it's a great all purpose lens but you
    might end up wanting a wide angle plus a telephoto & with the kit you'd
    only be missing the telephoto. At that point you could get a killer VR
    tele & have a really nice setup. If you'd be inclined to use a tripod on
    a future tele & not in need of wide angle, get the 24-120 & an
    affordable tele without VR & the same optics. Also the kit lens is super
    small if you hesitate to carry a bulky lens around the VR is
    substantially bulkier. I'm just getting into this but here's my notes on
    lens selection: http://www.edgehill.net/1/?SC=go.php&DIR=Misc/photography
     
    paul, Jan 6, 2005
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  4. The 24-120mm uses 72mm filters. The 18-70mm uses 67mm filters. Neither
    is typical for modern Nikkors, but I think more Nikkors use the former
    (28mm f/1.4, 105mm f/2, 135mm f/2, 180mm f/2.8, 24-85mm f/2.8~4) than
    the latter (24-85mm f/3.5~4.5, any others?).

    Across different systems, I own lenses requiring the following filter
    sizes:
    25.5mm, 28mm, 30.5mm, 37.5mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm,
    67mm, 72mm, 77mm and sort-of 82mm.
     
    Michael Benveniste, Jan 7, 2005
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  5. Alan Wonsowski

    Roger Guest

    I have the 24 - 70 which makes a very good multi purpose lens. OTOH I
    also have the 12 to 24 which I like as well, but use no where near as
    often. Both give very good quality images.

    Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
    (N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
    www.rogerhalstead.com
     
    Roger, Jan 16, 2005
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