D70 fixed vs. zoom quality?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Bob Martin, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. Bob Martin

    Bob Martin Guest

    Aside from low light considerations, is there any advantage in using
    fixed focal length AFD lenses with a D70 in place of the zoom it is
    supplied with (which I have heard is excellent).

    IOW, given the D-70's resolution, would you see any evdience in print
    of the sharper image a fixed lens would typically produce on a film

    Rather than cost, I am primarily concerned about the probability of
    dust admitted to the CCD with frequent lens changes.

    Bob Martin, Jun 18, 2004
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  2. Hi Bob,

    A fixed focal length lens is normally fast, and sharp, whichever Nikon one
    you choose. With third party lenses, I'd do a solid check of online reviews
    to see what it's quality is like.

    A fixed focal will be far superior - but having said that, Nikon make a
    17-55/2.8 and 80-200/2.8 lenses that cover a few prime lens ranges. Glass
    like this isn't cheap!

    I'd stick with the kit 18-70 lens, so how you go, you can then work out
    which lenses you might like. If you can, hire a lens when you can to work
    out if it is the goods or not.

    Good luck!

    Surfworx Photography, Jun 18, 2004
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    Phil Cole Guest

    I've heard that prime wide angle lenses tend to be sharper on digital
    (or more to the point, a sharp wide zoom on film, such as the 20-35
    f/2.8 is not sharp on digital, whereas a sharp prime, such as the 20mm
    f/2.8 is sharp on both film and digital)

    Whether or not this is actually the case i can't say, but a friend who
    has consistantly experienced this anecdotally with a fuji s2 seems to
    think this is the case.

    Given the field of view difference with the D70, i think you'd have
    trouble getting a few primes that cover wide, normal and short tele for
    anywhere near the cost of the 18-70 lens - given that, and the problems
    of dust when changing lenses, I'd say just stick with the 18-70.

    Phil Cole, Jun 18, 2004
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    kosh Guest

    I have also seen some very good reviews of what I used to refer to as the
    "Nikon give-away crap lens" however the Popular Photography review showed
    that they stood up quite well..... I just miss the days of an actual lens

    kosh, Jun 21, 2004
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