MMM
    X

    Subscribe to New Ads!

    Receive weekly ads in your inbox!



Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: What standard zoom lens?

  1. #1
    Life's Replay
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Switzerland | Zürich
    Posts
    1,535

    What standard zoom lens?

    Now that I've pretty much made up my mind about purchasing a Nikon D90, what standard zoom lens should I buy to go with it?

    The 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 VR that came with my D60 is apparently not a bad lens but I'd feel strange buying the same lens again. I say this because I am selling my D60 as a kit to a friend of mine, not just the body.

    Sigma has made a 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 and an 18-50 f/2.8, as well as an 18-200, which I'm not really looking at, seeing as I have a Nikkor 55-200.

    The Nikkor 18-70 is apparently not better at all in terms of image quality than the 18-55, but the build quality is superior.

    Tamron has also made a 17-50 f/2.8.

    All in all, there are quite a few lenses to choose from, I just don't know which one to settle for.
    Self-proclaimed and convincing.

    Intel i5 760 | Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler | EVGA GTX 480 | Arctic Cooling Accelero Extreme Plus II GPU Cooler | Corsair Vengeance 4 x 4GB DDR3-1600 | Crucial C300 64GB SSD | 5 TB+ of storage | Corsair Obsidian 550d | Corsair HX850

    13" Macbook Pro

    Nikon D90 | Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR | Nikon 35mm f/1.8G | Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 Macro HSM | Nikon SB-900 | Braun 5000

    Twitter | Life's Replay


  2. #2
    Xtreme Addict
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Heart of Europe
    Posts
    1,992
    SIGMA 28-70/2.8 EX DG ASPH or SIGMA 18-50/F2,8 EX DC looks quite good. Basicly they "EX" series looks quite good.

    Tough first are designed for 35mm which means you'll get 56mm view instead of 28mm.. probably not what you want.. second will be more like what you want.

    Anything acceptable from Nikon is really expensive.. Tamron results looks less then desirable..

    But I'm demanding person.

    One usefull link .. Sigma Nikkon lens reviews

    After making some exploring, I'm kinda glad I've bought something that can use all 4/3 lens (and some more with adapters..).
    i7 930 D0 - 4,2 GHz + Megashadow
    3x4GB Crucial 1600MHz CL8
    Foxconn Bloodrage rev. 1.1 - P09
    MSI HAWK N760
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    SeaGate ES.2 1TB + 1TB External SeaGate
    Corsair HX 850W (its GOLD man!)
    ASUS STX + Sennheiser HD 555 (tape mod)

    Old-new camera so some new pics will be there.. My Flickr My 500px.com My Tumblr

  3. #3
    Xtreme Cruncher
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    701
    I've had the sigma 18-50 2.8 EX Macro HSM for a few months now and am fairly satisfied. It's not great at 2.8 but perfectly useable, by 4 it's plenty sharp and that's where it spends 90% of its time for me. The HSM isn't quite as quick as AF-S but it's a ton better than the Tamron built in motor. The Macro feature is pretty nice also, goes down to 1:3.

    I do have to say that the thing I miss most is that extra bit of zoom on the long end.

    Other things worth mentioning are the filter size (72) and the lens cap. The front element is rounded significantly and the filter threads aren't very long which caused me problems when I tried to replace the stock cap with a center pinch model.


  4. #4
    Life's Replay
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Switzerland | Zürich
    Posts
    1,535
    The Sigma 17-70 apparently has some quite severe distortion, the 18-50 does indeed do a much better job. That the Sigma 18-50 doesn't go down to 2.8 isn't really a problem, I have a Nikon 35mm f/1.8G for most of my more pronounced depth of field shots, as well as the ones taken in the dark. I really need the low-end width for landscape photography though.

    The question is, is the Sigma 18-50 worth double the price of the Nikon 18-55 Kit Lens? I just keep hearing that it's a good lens and it's making me irritated.
    Self-proclaimed and convincing.

    Intel i5 760 | Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler | EVGA GTX 480 | Arctic Cooling Accelero Extreme Plus II GPU Cooler | Corsair Vengeance 4 x 4GB DDR3-1600 | Crucial C300 64GB SSD | 5 TB+ of storage | Corsair Obsidian 550d | Corsair HX850

    13" Macbook Pro

    Nikon D90 | Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR | Nikon 35mm f/1.8G | Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 Macro HSM | Nikon SB-900 | Braun 5000

    Twitter | Life's Replay


Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •