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Dslr zoom lens/12x optical zoom on p&s
I currently use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 which has 12x optical zoom. I frequently use the longer zoom lengths for photographing wildlife..

I'm now doing a photography course and want to buy my first dslr (probably Nikon D40). What I want to know is what size zoom lens would I need to get to cover the equivalent range that the 12x optical zoom on my Panasonic covers?.

Lynn..

Comments (6)

You'd need a ~24-288mm f/2.83.3 to match exposure and focal length settings. Doesn't quite exist..

High zoom-ratio lenses tend to be no faster than f/3.5-5.6, and not infrequently worse. Might be an issue if the wildlife are moving, or are in shade so you might want to consider using multiple lenses, instead...

Comment #1

That FZ5 has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 35mm-420mm. Such a lens for an SLR does not exist. It would be too big, too heavy, and too slow. The whole point of an SLR is the interchangeability of lenses. That way you can use a variety of lenses that do a much better job at specific tasks. Find yourself a couple quality lenses to start with.

Or find a couple of nice primes. Once you figure your own shooting style you can acquire lenses that are more specific to certain tasks. Say a macro or ultra-wide or a fast telephoto for examples..

'I reject your reality and substitute my own' -Adam Savage..

Comment #2

USACanuck wrote:.

Once you figure your own shooting style youcan acquire lenses that are more specific to certain tasks. Say amacro or ultra-wide or a fast telephoto for examples..

I would need a fast telephoto lens for the wildlife photography, I was just not sure if I should be looking at a maximum of 200mm, 300mm or higher zoom to be able to cover the same maximum distances as my Panasonic allows. I know this will not come cheap!! I'm just trying to get an idea of what I might need before going ahead and buying the Nikon D40, just incase I can't get what I need (and afford) in the AF-S lens range..

I'm doing a piece of my coursework on wildlife so I really do need to ensure that I get a good enough zoom lens to get the long distance shots I'm currently able to get with the Panasonic?..

Comment #3

Any lens 280mm on up, on a 1.5 crop Nikon DSLR, should get you more length than your P&S...

Comment #4

Clint Sanders wrote:.

Any lens 280mm on up, on a 1.5 crop Nikon DSLR, should get you morelength than your P&S..

What Clint said..

'I reject your reality and substitute my own' -Adam Savage..

Comment #5

The closest at this time is the Tamron 18-250, F3.5-6.3. Most who have this lens like it. I have the older 18-200, and I like it well enough, and the newer 18-250 is better on every measurement and photo..

With your Nikon or other DSLR you can shoot at a higher ISO than your Lumix and crop in a little if you need to reach the same magnification as your Lumix at it's max zoom, and still have roughly the same quality. If you stay within the normal lighting range and normal F-stops, this lens and your DSLR will have better quality than your Lumix...

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