Nikon D70s Kit lens or Sigma 18-105 lens?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Anirudh, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. Anirudh

    Anirudh Guest

    i am planning to buy the Nikon D70s. Should i opt for the kit lens
    (Nikon 18-70) or should i go in for the Sigma 18-105. The Sigma is
    cheaper, but does it compare to the kit lens? Also, are there any other

    lenses that i can consider.

    Thanks in advance,
    Anirudh, Mar 4, 2006
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  2. get Nikkor 18-70; it's best kit lens ever and beats Sigma hands down

    Bronek Kozicki, Mar 4, 2006
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  3. Anirudh

    Anirudh Guest

    Thanks so much :)
    Anirudh, Mar 4, 2006
  4. Anirudh

    Anirudh Guest

    Thanks so much :)
    Anirudh, Mar 4, 2006
  5. Anirudh

    Anirudh Guest

    Thanks so much :)
    Anirudh, Mar 4, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    The main advantage of the Nikon 18-70 is low distortion, both linear and
    chromatic, at the wide end of the scale. It is truly remarkable for a lens
    of this price. The comparable Canon lenses just don't compare: they are the
    poster children for distortion. The Sigma is a better lens than many would
    think, probably better than the Canon kit lenses, however, and what matters
    is how you will use it and what your expectations are. That being said, I
    would get the Nikon 18-70 without a doubt. Just stay as far away as you can
    from the Nikon 55-200, the ultimate dog of a lens and probably the worst
    ever issued under the Nikon badge.
    bmoag, Mar 4, 2006
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    Proconsul Guest

    Fully agree - the 18-70 kit lens is an exceptional lens......

    I use it on both my D70s and D200......

    Proconsul, Mar 5, 2006
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    ilaab Guest

    Are you sure you're not speaking of my Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 G?

    ilaab, Mar 5, 2006
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    Sionnach Guest

    It's an excellent lens for an everyday carry-around; the only drawback
    I've found with it is being a bit too slow when shooting fast-moving
    subjects outdoors in the evening or on cloudy days.
    Sionnach, Mar 5, 2006
  10. I don't know about that. It would have to go a long way to
    beat the original 43-86mm f/3.5.
    Michael Benveniste, Mar 7, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    Very few lenses can compare in quality to the 18-70. Nikon hit a home
    run with that one.

    Surprisingly, the newer 18-200 AF-S VR comes awfully close, but it
    costs more than twice as much. Still, a fantastic lens once you learn
    to handle it properly and if you can get past a little stickiness in
    the zoom ring (and that goes away after awhile).
    cjcampbell, Mar 8, 2006
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    tophatrus Guest

    sounds like your familiar with nikon's. i'm planning on getting my
    first digital camera and am looking at the D50 and the D70. What's the
    main difference? Thanks
    tophatrus, Mar 8, 2006

  13. Here is an excellent side by side comparison of the features.

    I just bought a D50 and my friend has a one year old D70. There is very
    little difference between the two as far as most functions go. The D70
    has a few more features and they may or may not be important to you. In
    some areas the D50 has improvements. As a serious amateur I like my
    much more affordable D50.


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    cjcampbell Guest

    Thom Hogan writes very good instruction guides for Nikon cameras. He
    knows them inside and out. For his take on the differences between the
    two cameras, see here:

    On the whole, he seems to think that the D50 is a better camera than
    the D70 or D70s with lower noise and better image quality. It lacks
    some features, but it takes better pictures. Just because both cameras
    have 6.1 megapixel sensors does not mean that they use the same sensor.
    Nikon has definitely made some improvements since the D70.

    The biggest difference, as far as I can see, is that the D50 does not
    use CF memory cards. It is the only Nikon DSLR that does not use them.
    It takes only SD cards, so if you ever move up to a more expensive
    Nikon then you have to buy all new memory cards. Thom Hogan says that
    this limits the D50 as a backup camera to a certain extent, but I don't
    see that it makes all that much difference.

    I have a D70 and will probably use it until I return to the USA in
    November. Then I get myself the D200 for Christmas. :)
    cjcampbell, Mar 8, 2006
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    tophatrus Guest

    Thanks Mike. Great article comparing the two. Much appreciated.
    tophatrus, Mar 8, 2006
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    tophatrus Guest

    Thanks Christopher. A lot of information. Leaning toward the 50, but
    want to handle them both. First venture into digital and Nikon's.
    Always shot Canon f-1's. Thanks again.
    tophatrus, Mar 8, 2006
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    Apteryx Guest

    As a D70 user, I'd say that the D70 features I'd miss most if I traded for a
    D50 are the ability to use its flash to wirelessly control remote SB600s or
    SB800s in TTL mode, its viewfinder grid (many of my pre-grid photos featured
    horizons sloping gently to the right), and its 2 control wheels (eg, one for
    aperture, one for shutter speed). The thing about the D50 I'd most like to
    have (apart from the apparently improved sensor and autofocus) is the USB
    2.0 connection.

    The difference between CF and SD cards can be taken either way. The D70's CF
    cards make it easier to share cards with a more advanced DSLR if you have
    one (or at least to continue using the cards if you trade up) but the D50's
    SD cards make it a better bet for sharing cards with a compact as a second
    camera - these days compact cameras seldom use CF cards.
    Apteryx, Mar 8, 2006
  18. Kit lens. Far better. It is not even debatable.
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Mar 8, 2006
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    tophatrus Guest

    Thanks for the input. Leaning toward the D50 over the D70, but want to
    handle them both first. Also think I'll be using the manual mode
    mostly. Coming off my old Canon F-1, won't be used to all the
    automatic stuff. Then again always time to learn something new with
    all the new features etc. Thanks again.
    tophatrus, Mar 8, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    If you are inclined to old school style manual focus, you might consider
    the brighter viewfinder in a D200 and compatibility with old unchipped
    lenses... at least consider that upgrade path. That'll be the first
    thing you notice is they all have small dim viewfinders compared to film
    or full frame.
    Paul Furman, Mar 8, 2006
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