D80 lens: 18-70 vs. 18-55 vs. 17-70

Started Dec 16, 2006 | Discussions thread
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D80 lens: 18-70 vs. 18-55 vs. 17-70
Dec 16, 2006

i'm planning on buying a d80 in a couple of weeks, but i can't decide which lens to buy with it. within my budget i have 3 possibilities:

  • kit lens 18-70 (body & lens: 1260 EUR)

  • kit lens 18-135 (body & lens (+ free battery): 1260 EUR)

  • sigma 17-70 (body 1050 EUR, lens 350 EUR)

(the prices are from the same store, where i'm planning to buy the d80, it's not the cheapest option but i prefer support in a real store rather than buying in an online store)

now i've read tons of reviews on the internet but they don't seem to be very consistent... i've also searched this forum and one praises the 18-70 while another is in love with the 18-135, and thus i haven't really gotten any further in this incredibly hard decision...

i know there isn't a 'good' answer to this question, but FWIW i hope someone can give me some kind of genious insight into this matter

(the only thing i know for sure: i've tested all three lenses very shortly, and all three lenses' build quality seem fine enough to me)

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