D80 Lens Recomendations
I purchased a D80 while on vacation and love the camera. however it came with a sigma 18-200 3.5-6.3 dc lenes. Not a bad lenes if you take outside shots. I am looking for some recomedations on the top 3 lenes I should be looking at with budget in mind or you can give me 3 lens if you had an unlimited budget. I take primarilly 3 kinds of photo's I like sun rises and sunsets and landscape photo's I take indoor shots of the family and grand kids and pictures at my grandkids soccer games. I find with my current lens it is hard to take some of the indoor shots with out a flash (most of what I try to take indoors is with out a flash so I cancapture the grandkids in there natural state). Thanks in advance for all your recomendations..

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I'm in a similar situation. I'm buying a D80 in the next week or two. I'm going to buy a 50mm/f1.8 prime lens. After that, I'll have about $800-$900 to spend on some additional lenses..

Maybe if you posted a ballpark budget, you may get better recommendations. I'll be watching responses for my own selfish reasons. Good luck!..

Comment #1

Thanks for your input there are several lens i'm looking at I will try to list them by 2 catergories.

Frist is my buget list.Nikon 18mm - 55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX (VR)Nikon 55mm - 200mm f/4-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VRNikon 50mm f1.8D AFSigma 10mm - 20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM.

My Dream List. (Budget out the window)Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-SNikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-SNikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VRNikon 50mm f1.8D AF.

Any thoughts Just looking for that right combination...

Comment #2

How about.

1. Tamron 17-50mm constant f/2.8 zoom lens (about $450), or Sigma equivalent..

2. Nikon 55-200mm VR (about $250) or 70-300mm VR (about $470), depending on intended use and budget..

3. OPTIONAL. A "normal" prime lens (Nikon 35mm f/2.0, Sigma 30mm f/1.4) or a "portrait" prime lens (Nikon 50mm f/1.8)...

Comment #3

For portraits and low light: 50mm f/1.8 - though may not be wide enough for groups. But I also like the 85mm f/1.8 for some portraits and outdoor shooting. For higher level portraits the 105mm DC and 135mm DC lenses are highly regarded..

For indoor portraits don't forget the little SB-400 flash, bounced off a pale ceiling can give a very natural effect without harshness:.

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Wideangle: a lot of choice here, the widest zoom is the Sigma 10-20, which I have on my D200. I like it but there is occasional softness in the corners - but that is endemic to some degree to all wideangles..

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Other choices are 12-24mm lenses from Tokina and Nikon (the latter much more expensive)..

See here for a wideangle comparison test:.


'General' lens: if you can afford it, the Nikon 17-55 f/2.8, or the Tamron equivalent..

The new Nikon 16-85VR is interesting. But the 18-55 (VR) will be pretty good for casual photography..

For sports: the important thing here is speed, i.e. the maximum widest aperture - which should be at least f/2.8, and f/2 for indoor sports. That's because you may need a shutter speed of 1/500th or faster to freeze motion..

So the 55-200VR and 70-300VR consumer zooms, while good value, may struggle with fast action except in the brightest outdoor light. The expensive 70-200VR f/2.8 is a great lens if the reach is enough - and you can use this lens for portraits and other subjects..

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The AF is lightning fast and the lens oozes quality. And it takes 1.4 and 1.7 teleconverters with little degradation (especially the 1.4)..



Comment #4

If you are new to digital SLRs take it slowly. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 is a pearl and costs US$100 - it can be inconveniently long for family groups indoors but for individuals indoors it is superb. Outdoors, taking the zoom lens off and restricting yourself to a fixed focal length lens is a good discipline, so my $0.02 worth would be to get the 50mm f/1.8 and use it until you know what you want next. For animals, sports etc 50mm won't do, and the 70-300 VR is US$400 or so and excellent outdoors...

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