Lens for D70

Mar 25, 2010
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I'm a lens n00b. I'm just curious to see what the opinions are for these lenses because I don't really know much about them. Quality wise, which is better for the price it is? I love macro but I also love good zoom. I'll probably get one of each, but I don't know which of these is the best for my d70.

-Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Micro-Nikkor Lens
-Tamron 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 AF Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Lens

-Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens
-Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR [Vibration Reduction] Zoom Nikkor Lens
-Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP ZL Aspherical (IF) Zoom Lens with Built In Motor
-Tamron AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SP AD Aspherical (IF) Lens
-Tamron AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical Lens

-Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED Nikkor
of all these...

the 70-300 VR. Nice lens to have. Pair it with the 17-50 Tamron or even the 16-85 VR, nice pair to have.
Yep. The Nikon 70-300 VR is the best for the buck on the list and it is not a DX only lens.

You negelect to mention what you want a lens for.

The 18-250 mm Tamron is not a true Macro lens. They use the world in a marketing hype context.

The Nikon 18-105 and the 55-200 are both kit lens that when used properly are also well worth their cost.

The Nikon 60 mm f/2.8 Micro may be a little short on focal length for Macro use.

There are web sites that have lens reviews.

One worth checking out is: www.dpreview.com
Since your D70 includes a focus drive, you can also use any AF -D lenses, not just the newer AF-S lenses.

The Tamron Di-II 17-50mm f/2.8 is a well-regarded lens that would cover most of the same focal lengths as your existing kit lens. You might add the 55-200 VR or 70-300 VR to add telephoto reach.
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the 60G is definitely going to be the sharpest.
I have a 105mm 2.8D (the 1999 version), and i love it. I see no need for vr with macro, because i am either on a tripod or using a quick enough shutter speed to not worry. That was the same price as the 60mm, and it allows me to be a little farther from my subject (good for bugs and such).
i own the tamron 28-75/2.8 and i'm not entirely happy with it. it gets you in close for those macro shots... it's pretty sharp... but it often misses focus, hunts more than your usual lens, focuses extremely slowly (focus speed itself is slow... and most of the time it'll stop when it's ALMOST in focus, tease you for a bit, then snap into focus about 5seconds later... no lie...). it started disconnecting (as in not communicating, not falling off) with my camera too, infact, i had all these problems with both my d60 and d200. so i sent it in for a repair... thinking i had a faulty lens.

it stopped disconnecting, doesn't hunt AS MUCH, but the rest of the issues still exist.

if you want a sharp lens, constant 2.8 aperture, macro capabilities, and you don't mind using the manual override to focus (faster and sometimes more accurately), then by all means it's a great lens. i'm dying to sell this for the tamron 17-50/2.8, sigma 18-50/2.8 or tokina 16-50/2.8 though... if that counts for anything.

i also handled the 70-300AF-S. it seemed to be decently sharp at least at the centre, it's a little slow (4.5-5.6) so its kinda limited to outdoor use. it's a nice lens though. i don't really have much to say about it... all around decent lens!

here's a few samples

Tamron 28-75/2.8



70-300 AF-S
sorry to thread jack but if i have a Nikon D3000 can I use the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens on it?
Do you think 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens will be good for car photoshoots?
it could be if you can get enough distance. just rack it out to 300mm and keep stepping back if you want the background out of focus.

I took a shot of my car last month, just a stupid grab shot to see if it would work, but i'm not sure if it will be so obvious on a DX camera with an f/5.6 lens.

straight out of camera (that's why there's the vignette and lousy color) D700, 200mm-ish f/2.8

Stupid shot, i know, but the thing about the picture though is that half the car is actually out of focus, so most of it's not really that sharp when viewed big.

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