I am a complete newbie to DSLR's and am just about to buy a Nikon D5000 kit.
I have an oldsony handycam that has 40x optical zoom which is fantastic, I would like if possible (and cheap enough) to have the same/similar zoom capability with a lens for the D5000.
All I can see however are numbers like 70-300mm which come in the kit.
How do these numbers transalte into magnification values in terms of x optical zoom so that I can compare magnification with the handycam.
thanks for your help in advance