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12/01/2006 05:12:52 PM · #1
Alas, the lense to my nikon f65 has finally broken (sigma 28-105mmD Aspherical IF). As I am getting a Nikon D80 relatively soon, i'll need a new lense that can accomodate both cameras.

Any suggestions below $500?
12/01/2006 05:19:01 PM · #2
Nikkor 28-105mm has been good to me over the years. Has a macro option, too. Would be a bit too long on the wide end for d80, though.
12/01/2006 05:20:50 PM · #3
I'll look into this, I love macros so ill probably end up getting a macro lense of some sort.

my f65 is an old camera, so i'd like something that suits the d80 more than the f65, but is still functional on both.
12/01/2006 06:00:46 PM · #4
I would look into a standard zoom lens that is a little wider than 28mm. With the 1.5x crop factor on a D80, a 28mm lens will look like 42mm, which may limit you. The best lens I can think of is the Sigma 24-70mm 2.8.
12/01/2006 07:49:08 PM · #5
Try the Nikon D80 kit with the 18-135 lens for $1,289. That is less than $300 for the lens and it will give you both ends but no macro. Tehn save up for the Sigma 105 macro.

Edit: Whoops. Just realized you want it to fit the N65 also. The 18-135 is a DX lens so only good on the DSLR.

Message edited by author 2006-12-01 19:50:22.
12/01/2006 08:55:43 PM · #6
I was thinking of buying the body seperately, i think i could get a better deal.

And will I be losing something if I don't get a DX lense for the D80?

Message edited by author 2006-12-01 20:57:59.
12/02/2006 01:32:53 AM · #7
The kit lenses are normally a pretty good deal and not able to be matched buying them seperatly.

No, you will not be losing anything not getting a dx lens with the D80 but they are made specifically for the DSLR's and that makes them lighter and smaller. The downside is they will not work with a film SLR.
12/02/2006 03:06:19 AM · #8
Originally posted by jbsmithana:

Try the Nikon D80 kit with the 18-135 lens for $1,289. That is less than $300 for the lens and it will give you both ends but no macro. Tehn save up for the Sigma 105 macro.

Edit: Whoops. Just realized you want it to fit the N65 also. The 18-135 is a DX lens so only good on the DSLR.


id say get the D80 kit that comes with the 18-70mm, much better deal( i work at london drugs here in good ol BC and its 1449.98 for hte 18-135+D80, and 1499.98 for the 18-70+D80 and the 18-70 is alooot nicer
12/02/2006 03:36:42 AM · #9
I know it won`t work on your f65 but the 18-135 kit lens i`ve just got with my D80 is fantastic, the best kit lens i`ve ever used. So sharp :)
12/02/2006 12:43:57 PM · #10
Originally posted by marbo:

I know it won`t work on your f65 but the 18-135 kit lens i`ve just got with my D80 is fantastic, the best kit lens i`ve ever used. So sharp :)


:P should have gone for the 18-70
12/06/2006 06:56:46 PM · #11
sorry to dig this up, but the best lens for a walkabout that works on both the film & digital bodies is probably going to be the 24-120 VR, which you can find around $500, i've seen as low as $400 on the used market. Sure you have a crop of 36-180 on the digital body, but the 18-70, 18-135, 18-55/55-200, 18-200VR and all of the other common lenses that get sold with digitals are going to cause MAJOR vignetting on the film camera. The 18-200 VR causes bad vignetting on my N80 all the way out to almost 200mm. That really makes it a bit less than useful.

Your non-DX zooms that go wide enough for a digital are either going to be longer than you really want, or very, very expensive (17-35 f/2.8 is like $1600, and you still need something to go over 35mm!)

Message edited by author 2006-12-06 18:56:56.
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