28-80mm or 70-300mm?

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  1. ssgv2

    ssgv2 TPF Noob!

    Nov 18, 2006
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    It apperas id im getting the Nikon D50, but i have a choice of one lenses:
    Tamron Zoom Wide Angle 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical Lens
    Tamron Zoom Telephoto AF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro Autofocus Lens
    I dont know what to choose beacuse im very noobish.
  2. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Aug 30, 2006
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    it really depends on what you primarily want to do with your camera ... the first lens is certainly more versatile in general.

    don't know much about the wuality of those particular lenses, but regarding the focal ranges the first one would cover some of architecture, landscape, event, portrait photography.

    whereas the second is more specialised on wildlife and macro. (i am not saying that tele lenses don't have their uses in the other fields, but ther you could not live with the shorter lens.)
  3. xfloggingkylex

    xfloggingkylex TPF Noob!

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    for a starting lens the 28-80 would probably be your best choice. the 75-300mm is a nice lens to have, but like mentioned it's more for macro work with flowers and things like that. I was using an 80-200 on a film camera (no conversion factor) and it was annoying to have to walk so far away to take pictures of lets say, a tall tree I was trying to get. of course when I was taking pictures of squirrels the 200mm did much better then the max end of my kit lens, 55mm. so like mentioned, the 28-80 is a great lens, very versatile. The 75-300 will produce stellar macro shots, but you will almost never get to use it indoors, and you have to be a good distance from your subject to fit it in the frame.

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