Couple of Nikon Lens questions

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  1. Gen.Ben

    Gen.Ben TPF Noob!

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    Im just getting into DSLR's and was wondering....

    there is AF and AF-S... The AF-S lenses are alot more expensive. Why? What are the differences?

    I am getting a 18-70mm that comes with a D70 for normal shooting. I want another lens that has greater zoom for sport photos. I've been looking at a couple such as a 18-135mm, 70-300mm. The 18-135 has more zoom than the 70-300 but The 70-300 is also more, why is that?
     
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    THe difference between the AF and AF-S lenses is that the AF-S lenses contain an autofocus motor in them. It yields faster focus times, and permits autofocusing on the D40/D40x/D60. The internal motor on the lens is the only difference.

    The 70-300 is more, from my understanding, because it zooms to a higher range, and is of higher build quality. If your getting the 18-70, I would say going for the 70-300. Getting an 18-135 and a 18-70 would be redundant.
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Large zoom range is not correlated to cost. Just look at those sub $200 Olympus point and shoot cameras with 10x optical zoom.

    Quality and zoom range is normally correlated. The 18-200mm is less sharp than the 18-70mm Nikkor lens. This is not always the case though. Cost and aperture are normally correlated too. The 17-55 f/2.8 is $2500 here, the 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 is $400.

    This all depends on how hard it is to manufacture the glass needed to get quality pictures at certain specifications (zooming with a wide aperture is hard).

    I should also mention that AF-S is a silent wave motor. They use a very different technology to control the lens than the motor in the camera and the focus is 2-3x faster than a good body with a good motor, if that is a selling point to you.
     

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