What one zoom lens to fit for a Fuji Pro S5?

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by aniramca, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. aniramca

    aniramca Guest

    I like to get a Nikon lens for the S5. I am not looking for multiple
    zoom lenses, and would be happy to settle with just one good Nikon
    lens. Also, cost is a factor and would not spend more than $400, as
    the camera body is already too costly (although at 60% off price last
    The Nikon 50mm fixed lens (F1.8) is fast and cheap, about $150. But I
    like to have a zoom lens. The F1.4 version is much more expensive.
    The salesman suggested an AF-s DX Nikkor 18-70mm F3.5-4.5G IF-ED ,
    which costs around $340 ( no VR). They used this for the expensive kit
    lens of Nikon D80/D90. He said that this is much better than the
    cheaper 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR lens (around $150), which they used to
    sell for the kit lens of Nikon D40/D60.
    As a starter lens, is the 18-55mm VR lens a good one? Or should I
    spend more money (and wait) to get the 18-70mm non VR lens? There is
    also other Nikon lens, which is AF-S 18-135mm (no VR) for around the
    same price as the 18-70mm ($ 350). The VR version of the 18-135mm is
    around $390.
    Any comments?
    aniramca, Dec 31, 2008
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  2. aniramca

    Woody Guest

    Being the owner of a D70s which came with the 18-70 as standard, <if you
    are a photographer> then this is much the better lens.

    I make that comment without offence as most people who are photograpers
    rather than up market snappers know how to handle a lens, and with a
    35mm equivalent of around 100mm at maximum zoom and using the reciprocal
    rule, VR should not be necessary - unless you have need to take many
    pictures in dull conditions.

    Personally I find the 18-70 something of a conundrum. It is often not
    quite wide or long enough for day to day use. I would agree with another
    comment that the 16-85 is a good compromise - just that tad wider and
    longer. I am told that the 18-135 is not one of Nikon's better lenses.

    I managed to get my wife a D50 brand new and boxed earlier this year
    which comes with the original 18-55 as standard (i.e. non-VR) but she
    ran into the same problems as me, albeit more at the longer end. To
    overcome this we bought a Tamron 18-200 as a one-stop solution, and I
    have to say it is quite a lens. Very little barrel or pin-cushion
    distortion at the ends, and away from the end it's about as good as it
    gets in the price range.
    Woody, Dec 31, 2008
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  3. Optically, I can't find little to choose between the 18-70 and the
    18-135. I have both and have tested them side by side. The results
    aren't an exact match, but they're close enough not to make any real
    I do have a big gripe with the 18-70 though, and that's the mechanical
    design which seems to have a weak point allowing the front of the lens
    to loosen up. I thought this was down to the hard life mine leads until
    I heard of someone else having exactly the same problem.
    Willy Eckerslyke, Jan 5, 2009
  4. As I said (or would have done if I could tpye), in real life there's
    really very little to choose between them. They may fare differently on
    a full sensor camera, but on a D80 (for example) I doubt if anyone could
    really pick a winner.
    Given the difference in price, one would certainly hope so!
    That's interesting reading, but shouldn't be taken as conclusive.
    Their higher rating for the construction of the 18-70 against that of
    the 18-135 couldn't be more wrong, and I've the bills to prove it!
    Willy Eckerslyke, Jan 7, 2009
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