D50 Lens Question

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by carbonmotion, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a

    carbonmotion

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    In a strange twist of fate, I gave my D40 + kit lens to a girl who's leaving the country. Oddly, since you kids have clamored so much about the D50 being better than the D40, I think I'm gonna try a unit out. I'm gonna buy a Body for 400 ish and probably get a lens. I want something like the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18 - 70 mm F3.5 - F4.5 G IF-ED lens , except less expensive. Any ideas? If I don't like it, I'll just ebay the lens and the camera and buy another D40.
     
  2. compuwar macrumors 601

    compuwar

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    First, I don't think anyone's really said "better" as much as they've said "more advantageous lens-wise." In that vein, I'd highly recommend looking over KEH.com (look at film SLR lenses) for Ex or better used Nikkors.

    Lens-wise I really can't help, as everything I like in the AF-D line is likely to be more than the 18-70 --20-35/2.8($600,) 80-200/2.8 ($400-600,) 105 Micro ($325) 300/4 ($450) or more expensive... I really like the 20-35mm for a wide angle, but it's almost twice what the 18-70 costs.

    If you're not going to get any AF-D lenses, then you should probably just get another D40, that's the main advantage the D50 has.
     
  3. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

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    I wonder if you'd be better served to look for a used/refurb D70s with the 18-70mm lens. Of the Nikkor lenses in the range you're talking about, the 18-70 seems to be the best; and really unless you're thinking of keeping the camera long term I'm not sure that the D50 is "better" than the D40, Macrumors feedback aside. ;) Thom Hogan seems to think the D40 stands up pretty well compared to the D50.
     

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