Nikon D70 'purchase configuration'

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Sitara Lal, May 2, 2004.

  1. Sitara Lal

    Sitara Lal Guest


    I'd like to buy a Nikon D70 and would appreciate some comments on whether I
    should get a body only and buy the lens separately or buy the kit.

    Someone at a local camera store (Ritz) told me that the lens supplied with
    the kit 18-70DX is not all that great. Is that true?

    Also, I was thinking of getting one or more of the following Nikkor lenses
    and would appreciate any comments on them:

    18-35 f3.5-4.5 DIF
    28-105 f3.5-4.5 DIF
    70-300 f4-5.6 DAF

    I shoot mostly landscapes and candid portraits in markets / cities etc.

    Thanks very much

    Sitara Lal, May 2, 2004
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  2. Sitara Lal

    n.t. Guest

    The 18-70 is a very good quality lens and you can buy it with the camera in
    kit form (as you stated)for less than half the price it would cost to buy it
    seperately. You should then suppliment your kit with something like the 70-
    300 as well for your candid shots. If then you get serious and want to shoot
    some spectacular street portraits you would get the 80-200 2.8. Which some
    might say is the best bit of glass ever made by Nikon.
    n.t., May 2, 2004
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  3. I've heard that comment, yes. (although I've also heard that it's
    not a particularly bad lens).

    I normally advice getting the camera body only, and get a set of
    lenses better customized to the intended use.

    I'd definitely suggest that you get the 70-300mm ED (emphasis on
    the ED, as opposed to the regular one). If you need more aperture,
    you might want to look at the f/2.8 lenses that get to 200mm (given
    that the digital Nikons have a 1.5X multiplicative factor for the
    focal length, 200mm is not all that bad -- it's equivalent to a
    300mm on a regular camera; of course, the 300mm is equivalent to
    a 450mm at the same aperture ratio). I think they have a 80-200mm
    zoom, and also a fixed-length 200mm, both at f/2.8.

    Speaking of which, have you considered fixed focal length? Given
    the high resolution of this camera (3000x2000), you can crop at
    will and still get very high resolution. With fixed focal length,
    you have the advantage that you can get a lot more aperture per
    dollar -- e.g., the 50mm f/1.4 (which would turn into a 75mm f/1.4),
    which goes around 300US$, if I'm not mistaken.

    So, my advice is: with sooooo much choice in good lenses, fixed-
    length or zoom, high or low aperture, etc., why getting stuck with
    the one-size-fits-everyone lens that comes with it? Now, one
    think must be clear: do get the Nikon D70!!! (advice from a
    very happy owner of one :))


    Carlos Moreno, May 2, 2004
  4. Sitara Lal

    Greg Guest

    I'm guessing that the shop attendant doesn't know what he's talking
    about. He seems to be just rehashing the usual advice about the
    standard kit lens not being very good. While this may be the case for
    most film cameras that come with a kit lens, it is not true in this
    case. Just buy it and take good photos!
    Greg, May 2, 2004
  5. Indeed. We got the kit and I am very pleased with the new lens.
    Flexible, bright, good low light shots.

    Linda Terrell, May 2, 2004
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