Suggestions for a lens, please?

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  1. bladerunner6

    bladerunner6 Member

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    I am getting back into film photography and I am most likely going to get a Nikon: probably an N70 or N80.

    Any thoughts about lenses?

    I was thinking of a 28-200, but maybe two lenses, one on the wider side and one more telephoto.

    Thanks.
     
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    Plan your budget and set it at a specific point as well as a time frame for purchase. Keh if you need it right away, eBay if you can wait

    I would recommend two lenses such as a 24-70 and 70-200 instead of a super zoom. They are more around and generally offer faster speeds for less dough. There are lots if you consider third party as well. I would shoot for a 2.8 for the shorter length .
     
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    I would not prefer a third party lens if you care about quality especially Tamron , worst bokeh I have ever seen. I dont name it as bokeh but a difference between opera singer and a singer whose main language is english and try to sing Mozart in german.
     
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    I am leaning toward zooms and more likely third party lenses.

    The Tamron is a bit dear for my budget, but the Nikon 35-135 looks promising.

    Thanks.
     
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    General rule in matter of third lens party is kind of risky. Reviews for this specific zoom (Tamron 28-75mm) have been largely positive. But that doesn't mean ALL Tamron are good.

    A matter of judgement, so to speak in English. :wink:
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I am not in a huge hurry, so I can wait to find something at the right price on eBay or Craigslist.

    I will look for a faster lens for the shorter length.

    Thanks.
     
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    I agree, rules of thumbs like this are risky.

    And personally, I remember having good luck with Tamron and Sigma.
     
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    28-70/3.5-4.5 AFD is a sleeper and usually very affordable.
     
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    Agree. That reminds me this zoom was my first zoom ever bought for my F80.
     
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    I have used the Nikon 28mm to 200mm lens for years. The only alternative that I would suggest is the Tamron 28mm to 300mm lens which is comparable.
     
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    An addition lens would be the Nikon 20mm to 35mm lens.

    Steve
     
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    I had the Nikkor 35-135 f/3.5 - 4.5D before. It's a NICE lens. Well built, reasonable amount of distortion, and relatively inexpensive. The negatives would be it's rather heavy and it only goes to 35mm on the wide side. Still, it's a pretty good lens.

    I sold mine when I bought 24-85 f/2.8 - 4D.
     
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    Also be aware that any plastic Nikon bodies like the N70, N80, N90, etc. may have backs that are sticky, due to a coating they have on them. Scrubbing the back vigorously with isopropyl alcohol and something only mildly abrasive helps to neutralize and remove the coating. I say this because I just got an N70 in the mail off an APUG seller very inexpensively, and it had this tacky coating on it. It wasn't due to the seller's fault or any negligence in camera care -- it's a known issue with this series of Nikons.
     
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    Get a 50mm even if you also get a wide range zoom. The speed, light weight and the image quality can't be beat. The nice bright image in the viewfinder is nice too.