Nikon D70 - That'll teach me...........

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Paul James, Aug 21, 2004.

  1. Paul James

    Paul James Guest

    I spent so much time looking at and researching the Nikon D70 prior to
    purchase that I forgot to do my homework on lenses. I bought the
    D70 in a bundle kit almost a month ago and the kit included the
    camera, Nikon 28-80mm AF f/3.3-5.6 G lens, lowepro camera bag,
    software and 128mb flash card.

    After hearing that the 'kit' lens was an excellent lens I 'assumed'
    the lens that I got was the kit lens. Wasn't until this week that I
    realised that there are two 'bundle kits' being distributed in
    Australia by Nikon, the one I got with the bag and card and the
    other one with the superior 18-70 DX lens and camera only.

    Not wanting to skip on optics I prefer the DX lens as by all
    accounts it's an excellent lens and is very expensive to purchase
    on it's own, so I rang Domayne (Gold Coast) only to be told that I can't
    exchange as I've had it too long now, the only thing they'll do is
    offer a measly discount on the DX as a seperate purchase :-(

    So I'm stuck with the 28-80mm lens, the camera bag & flash card DO
    NOT make up the difference trust me. I had heard of dealers selling
    the D70 with Tamron lenses but didn't realise about the two Nikon
    lenses as well.

    If only I'd researched the lens side of things more before I
    bought. Never mind, that'll teach a Digital SLR newbie !

    Paul
     
    Paul James, Aug 21, 2004
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    Miro Guest

    Do you actually use your camera to take photos or do you just fart around
    all day and compare specifications. The only thing more useless than a kit
    lens is a kit lens buyer. Everyone knows that you dont get jack in a bundle.
     
    Miro, Aug 21, 2004
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  3. Paul James

    [BnH] Guest

    Its only Australian retailer that bundles D70 with strange type kit lens on
    the "D70 kit"

    IIRC .. Nikon only sells promote the D70 kit with AF-S 18-70 DX lens only
    [Nikon Singapore at least]

    =bob=
     
    [BnH], Aug 21, 2004
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  4. Paul James

    Justin Thyme Guest

    If you were wanting to buy it with the 18-70 lens, chances are you wouldn't
    have been able to get the camera at all until the last couple of weeks. One
    of the reasons that they have been distributed in australia with the 28-80
    lens is that supply has been dreadful of the D70 with the 18-70 lens. Most
    of what has been sold on websites etc has been grey imported (ie, no
    Australian warranty). Realistically, the 28-80 lens is still pretty good,
    it just doesn't go real wide. In practice, I very much doubt that you'll be
    able to tell the difference in image quality at the same focal lengths.
    Instead of getting the 18-70, which has most of it's range within the range
    already covered by your 28-80, look at maybe a 17-35 or similar, or a prime
    somewhere in the 15-20 range. A prime or a zoom with a small range of focal
    lengths will be better again than an 18-70.
    BTW, if you grab yourself a Nikon film body, you'll also be able to use your
    28-80 on it - many people still use film+digital as they both have their own
    strengths. A tamron 17-35 for example can also be used on film, the Nikkor
    DX 18-70 can't be.
     
    Justin Thyme, Aug 22, 2004
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  5. Paul James

    Paul James Guest

    Thanks for your constructive comments...NOT !!! you appear to be a typical
    newsgroup troll. It's not about taking pictures, it's about getting value
    for money in what you pay for. I didn't just buy a point and shoot camera, I
    paid over $2000 for a camera and what I thought was the fantastic lens
    everyone has been raving about not an inferior & much cheaper version. The
    lenses are miles apart in terms of quality so sue me for wanting the better
    optics for a great camera, it's not about comparing specifications. You
    would obviously settle for cheaper then just so long as you can take a photo
    it seems, myself want the best I can afford.
     
    Paul James, Aug 22, 2004
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  6. Paul James

    Paul James Guest

    Thanks Justin for the post. Appreciated.

    Paul.
     
    Paul James, Aug 22, 2004
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  7. Paul James

    Miro Guest

    I truly pathetic contribution to photograhpy.


     
    Miro, Aug 22, 2004
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  8. Paul James

    Scott Howard Guest

    The's the first sensible think I think I've ever seen you say Miro!

    Scott
     
    Scott Howard, Aug 22, 2004
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  9. I looked at getting the 18-70, for my S2 DSLR, and ended up settling on the
    18-35/3.5-4.5 lens. It's really quite a good lens.
    The only way you are going to get the most out of your camera is with good
    glass - which is where the money really comes in.

    You should be looking at the 80-200/2.8 lens, it really is one of the best
    Nikon zooms going.

    Derrick
     
    Surfworx Photography, Aug 22, 2004
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  10. Paul James

    Miro Guest

    Just put me on your killfile please, I dont have time to address dribbling
    monkeys.
     
    Miro, Aug 22, 2004
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  11. Paul James

    Justin Thyme Guest

    Domayne sell both kits - well they do if stock is available. Stock has been
    extremely tight on the 18-70 kit for months, with it only starting to come
    good in the last couple of weeks. One guy at a camera store (who didn't have
    stock of either kit) told me that Queensland wide the Nikon importers had
    orders for over a thousand units, but only 3 came in. I saw in an article
    on the net that Nikon have ramped up manufacture in an attempt to meet
    demand.
     
    Justin Thyme, Aug 22, 2004
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  12. Paul James

    Wolf359 Guest

    I think the object lesson is. Don't deal with department stores. Deal with
    camera stores.
     
    Wolf359, Aug 22, 2004
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  13. Paul James

    reg-john Guest

    or hugo so :p


     
    reg-john, Aug 23, 2004
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  14. Just put me on your killfile please, I dont have time to address dribbling
    Scott, maybe you should change your sig to:

    Scott (aka: Miro's Dribbling Monkey)

    Rgds,
    T.
     
    Thomas Houseman, Aug 24, 2004
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  15. Paul James

    kevin lock Guest


    That's Miro for you...a knob strangler!
     
    kevin lock, Aug 26, 2004
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  16. Paul James

    Miro Guest

    That's not true, I never touched you.
     
    Miro, Aug 26, 2004
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  17. Paul James

    Mick Brown Guest

    Which if I may add is a great lens

    Mick Brown
    Shining Lite Photos

     
    Mick Brown, Sep 5, 2004
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  18. Paul James

    Wolf359 Guest


    Supplies of the 18-70 are geting better but Maxwell are now introducing new
    len kits. Personally I find the Tamron 19-35 to be the better lens.
     
    Wolf359, Sep 6, 2004
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