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    hi guys, after much consideration ive decided to part wif my pana FZ10 and decided to upgrade to a dslr system. which system i'll choose is still undecided but im leaning towards the sway of nikon and D70 for certain reasons.

    1. for now i might think of getting juz the body alone and use the kit lens from a nikon F55 camera. ialso have 2 other very very old lenses dat is in quite a bad shape. fungus and all, which brings me to number 2
    2. the lenses in question are a -Vitacon AF lens 70-210mm 4.0-5.6
    -Sigma UC zoom 28-70mm 3.5-4.5
    i believe the Sigma is a MF lens? (if i got the term correctly) it has no cpu contacts and it has an aperture ring.
    3. where is the best place to get a quote for cleaning these lenses.
    4.do u think its worth it to clean them to use with a d70 or should i juz forget abt these lenses and switch to canon

    as wif most ppl, im also on a budget and im sure id be looking for a 2nd hand set.
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    ditch the old lenses, get the 18-70dx for a start

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    getting cheap lens will make your heart itch even more!

    always try to get a good lens the first time round. unless you are on super tight budget which you shouldnt be even considering DSLR in the first place.

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    Get the kit lens, it is light, sharp and cheap
    it has a good range which will cover most of your shots.
    from wide to mid tele.

    If I am not wrong, cleaning a lens will cost about $50 - $80 a piece.
    IMHO it is not worth cleaning the 2 lenses.

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    As I always like to say. Check out how you shoot since you have a ultra zoom range for the FZ10. Look at the pictures, their focal length and ask yourself if these focal length are what you will be shooting at. After you determine the focal length you frequently shoot at, then you will know what is the next step.

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    thanks for the input guys, guess i juz needed a nudge to set me the right direction. i couldnt get much info on the two lenses mentioned, but if collectively there are more ppl dat tells me dat its not worth it... den maybe i should rethink my choices.

    guess im pretty much used to the zoom on the FZ10. wat would u guys suggest i do research on (im kinda new to lenses and such)
    points to include are
    1. hobbyist wif a passion for good photographs.
    2. zoom would be nice.
    3. maybe 28mm would be wide enuff for me

    if there were such a saying as a minimalist letup or collection of lenses to cover all dat ive mentioned, which combination of lenses are appropriate?
    -a prime
    -zoom which doubles up for macro
    -a wide angle for normal group photos

    thanks and sorry if dis has been discussed before
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    it is actualy a good thing to keep both a slr system and a digicam with large zoom range because u never know when u prefer which tool - slr for more serious work or digicam for fun shots.

    but takes time to build up both, since while building up the slr system u will definitely miss the fun and convenience of the digicam. so i suggest while building up the slr system, keep a digicam close to u as well - maybe something affordable. or if u have the patience..keep the fz10 and wait for some more time until the funds are enough to go into slr system

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    well bad thing is dat, ive already sold off my FZ10, prefer to offload it when the price value is still in the ok range. thot of using the time now to recce the cams, and perhaps wait till the d50 and d70s settles.
    im now juz armed wif a film slr and a fon camera. hehe
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    Just my personal recommendation on lenses (depends what u really prefer to shoot eventually):

    General: Stick to your Kit Lens for the moment
    Macro: Nikon Micro 105 mm
    Landscape: Sigma 12-24 mm
    Portrait: Nikon 85 mm f1.8 (get f1.4 if you have the $)
    Zoom: Nikon 70-200 VR f2.8 (w/ TC 1.7x)

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    thanks snow. dats exactly wat i needed.
    i dun have much knowledge in nikon lenses, dis is very much appreciated
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