I don't think those three things really go well together when talking about camera lenses. I'm a Canon user so not real familiar with available Nikon lenses. What kind of zoom are you looking for? Up to 50mm starting where? Starting at 50mm and ending where? When looking for cheap lenses you'll probably have to look at a Sigma or Tokina. Post some more info and I know someone will be able to give you better advice. I think Ibn uses Nikon.Any compact, cheap, and good zoom lenses out there for the D70? By cheap I mean 100-250$ range. And by compact I mean 50mm size or smaller. I need this for traveling so yea.. Thanks in advance!
But isn't the 18-70 the best zoom lens in that price range? You won't find anything better for cheaper.no kit lens is good. they all suffer from fall off and sharpness issues. stopped down, they're not bad; they're just slow.
quality zooms aren't cheap? maybe buy a used 20mm or 35mm prime and call it a day.