A&P Basic lens choice question

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  1. fire

    fire New Member

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    Picking up an entry DSLR soon(D50, 70). One of the D50's I am looking at has a choice of lenses,

    Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 DL
    Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 DG
    Sigma 28-90 D F3.5-5.6
    Nikkor 70-210 F4-5.6
    Sigma 28-105 F2.8-4 D

    In talking to a friend of mine, he says that there is a major difference in the 18 vs 28. He claims that I won't be able to get "good" close up shots of my daughter. 99% of my shots are going to be the family, pets and the occasional neice/nephew playing soccer/volleyball/hockey. 75% of that will probably be indoors with a focus being on the baby growing up. So, my question is do I get one of the longer 70-300 lenses and pick up an 18-70 on ebay, or is there that much difference in the 18 vs 28? Or, do I just stick with the 28-105 and it should do what I need, until I figure out what I really need.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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  2. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    For what you will shoot, probably 2 different lenses would cover it. A wide angle zoom and a telephoto zoom. Something like a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and a 70-200 lens; if you can shell out the cash, the Nikon 70 200 f/2.8 VR is nice. I'd get the 17 50 and a hotshoe flash (ie sb600) then worry about a telephoto lens later.
     
  3. sea bass

    sea bass Guest

    this post helped me a bit, shows the difference between 17 and 28. i went for a sigma 17-50 f2.8 and it's incredible.
     
  4. fire

    fire New Member

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    Nice, that's helpful.

    Thanks for the opinions.
     
  5. DeeRock

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    28mm on a digital camera is about the distance you would see with just your human eye.

    FWIW, I'm pretty sure that sigma 70-300 is garbage. I have the Nikon 70-300 G lense, and for the $170 it cost, it was a great bargain.
     

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