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.... ok I'm gonna get a digital SLR, this month I got a bonus, next month I'm getting a double month in pay.

Time to treat myself.

It's going to be the Nikon D80.

But I can't decide on the lens. Since it's sold as a kit, it comes with one of these.

AF-S 18-135mm DX
AF-S 18-70mm DX

What do people here normally use for normal photography?
16th Apr 2007, 17:17  

mat says:

get the 18-135, it'll give you more range in the same(ish) sized package. Technically, they're about as good as each other, those two lenses. Suggest you check kenrockwell.com and dpreview.com for more info.

Ideally, of course, you want the 18-200VR, but they're as rare as hens teeth. I've been waiting nearly a month for one, and still no luck.

16th Apr 2007, 17:29

mat says:

also, I really want a D80, but really can't buy one, having only got my D50 18 months ago.

*camera envy* :)

16th Apr 2007, 17:30

yeah I'd agree with Mat there.

16th Apr 2007, 17:34

Puddlepuff says:

You can also get it with the

Tamron 18-200mm XR DI,....

16th Apr 2007, 17:45

Puddlepuff says:

So excited,... and have to wait 30 more days :(

16th Apr 2007, 22:32

mat says:

I agree with Mandy here - suggest you don't touch the Tamron with a barge pole. Nikon bodies work best with Nikkor lenses - they were designed for each other, rather than the other manufactures, who make the same lens for lots of different cameras. That extra few hundred euros for the Nikkor is worth it, I promise.

16th Apr 2007, 22:59

Puddlepuff says:

I agree,..

This would be the lens,...

18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor that comes with it.

16th Apr 2007, 23:00

Puddlepuff says:

Well,.. the other one is,...

Nikkor AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70 / 3.5-4.5 G IF-ED

If I would get the body only that would be 200 euro cheaper. But you can't get anything decent as a lens for 200 euro :)

16th Apr 2007, 23:21

Em says:

i'm not a pro on camera lenzes. if you can't dicide buy both!;-)

17th Apr 2007, 15:45

Puddlepuff says:

Yes but,,.... I'll need to borrow your bankcard then. :)

17th Apr 2007, 15:56

Euphro says:

I have a D50 with the 18-135 lens (which I bought separately). It's pretty good (effectively 27-200 mm with the digital sensor). It's fast to focus, which I understand the Tamron and Sigma lenses are not. It's a little bit soft at the long end, but nothing that would bother you too much. For mat's info, Campkins in Cambridge have the 18-200 VR in stock.

18th Apr 2007, 15:13

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