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So I have a few bucks put aside to buy some gear, what nikon lens would you recommend and why..

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Jetgirl5167 wrote:.

So I have a few bucks put aside to buy some gear, what nikon lenswould you recommend and why..

Thanks for all the super quick replies .

....on where your interests lie. What lens do you have now? At what focal lengths are you using most? Do you need a lens for low light, sports/action, wildlife, portraits, macro, etc????.

Regards,Hank.

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Comment #1

I see from your other posts that you have bought a Nikon D40x..

Do you have any lenses already?.

What is your budget?.

What do you want to photograph: people, landscapes, sports, wildlife, travel, indoors without flash, general purpose,.......?.

You need to supply more information.Chris R..

Comment #2

I have these lenses that came with my d40x package.

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX.

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Lens.

I'm a beginner, I enjoy taking portraits, wildlife, travel pics ... not really into sports stuff..

I budget under 1000..

Comment #3

Sigma 10-20 and 30 1.4. I don't have either but I'd like to eventually get the 10-20. My next lens will be the 35/f2 for the nikon d50...

Comment #4

This is the type of pics I like taking, ps I've never taken a photo course etc these are taken with my 7.1 point and shoot sony..

I'm just a stay at home mommy that likes taking pics and wants to get a bit more serious about it ....

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Comment #5

Nice pictures....

Two possibilities suggest themselves, given that you already have a quite good 18-55 kit lens (I assume)..

1. For photos of children indoors a wide-aperture lens helps to make the most of low light. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 would be a good choice *except* that it does not autofocus on your camera. The only one that does that I know of is the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, which will have a field of view about equivalent to your eye (a 'standard' lens, neither wide angle nor telephoto). the UK price is about 260 so it's not cheap, but if you want to do a lot of low-light indoor photography this could be a good choice..

2. As the children get bigger you may find that you need a longer lens to spy on them with from a distance so that don't get self-conscious. There are many reasonably-priced tele zooms: an obvious possibility to go with your D40x is the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX (180 UK), with vibration reduction built in to help eliminate camera shake..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #6

The pictures that you have posted are good, especially the one of the huskies..

The lenses that you already have cover a very useful focal length range. I strongly suggest that you start taking lots and lots and lots of photos with these lenses..

By the time that you have exhausted the capabilities of your existing lenses, say after 5,000-10,000 shots, you won't have to ask us what lens you need, you will know what lens you need.Chris R..

Comment #7

The 18-200 covers the same range as the lenses you have altho you get the VR. I'd only get this lens if you plan to get rid of your other lenses...

Comment #8

Jetgirl5167 wrote:.

What about a nikon 18-200?.

You've got that range covered with your kit lenses.......you'd only gain VR. I'd suggest you learn with what you've got like previously suggested and you'll know where your needs will be.....perhaps a fast prime.From the Photozone review on the 18-200........

Regarding some glowing reviews available on the web the expectation were rather high. Unfortunately the (tested sample of the) Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR II DX wasn't able to convince completely. Weak points are rather hefty distortions and high vignetting (@ f/3.5) at 18mm. Apart from a few weak spots the resolution figures are quite good though and it is possible to get very decent images from this lens under field conditions. The VR can surely help to save the day in situations where similar zooms must fail utterly The build quality is a little soso for a lens in this price class and probably the biggest disappointment. All in all the Nikkor is a highly interesting lens but not without flaws (hardly surprising for a 11x zoom)..

Regards,Hank.

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Hank3152 wrote:.

Jetgirl5167 wrote:.

What about a nikon 18-200?.

You've got that range covered with your kit lenses.......you'd onlygain VR. I'd suggest you learn with what you've got like previouslysuggested and you'll know where your needs will be.....perhaps a fastprime.Regards,Hank.

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I agree. If this is what you think you need, you already have it so just go with the kit lenses for now...

Comment #10

Sounds like you're anxiously wanting to get started and that's great but addicting as well when you include and collect lenses. You've got 2 good kit lenses that fill a broad range for a beginner so I'd spend my cash elsewhere for now.......

.....perhaps a good case and an external flash with a rotating head. The flash will greatly improve image quality over the existing harsh light given off the camera's internal flash..

Regards,Hank.

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Comment #11

You could also look in to some image editing software. There is a mountain of stuff to learn on the post processing side of photography...

Comment #12

Thanks everyone, Mary what flash would you recommend? I did get one but I don't think it's very good quality..

Comment #13

Jetgirl5167 wrote:.

Thanks everyone, Mary what flash would you recommend? I did get onebut I don't think it's very good quality.

Hank recommended the flash with the rotating head. He's probably referring to the Nikon Sb-600 or 800. He'll have to comment on that. I don't have an external flash. I prefer the primes with higher ISOs for indoors and low light. (I'm really hooked on prime lenses.) But I can tell you, the sb800 is just too big for me and I would probably not use it much.

So I'm just going to wait as I have other items on my wish list..

I really like your pictures...

Comment #14

I go along with Hank's recommendation of an external flash. The SB600 should be OK - certainly go for a Nikon Flash..

It takes some time to learn how to use a flash but the quality of shots you can get from an external flash, especially if you can bounce the flash off the ceiling, is far superior to what you can get from an on-board flash.Chris R..

Comment #15

MaryGierth wrote:.

Jetgirl5167 wrote:.

Thanks everyone, Mary what flash would you recommend? I did get onebut I don't think it's very good quality.

Hank recommended the flash with the rotating head. He's probablyreferring to the Nikon Sb-600 or 800. He'll have to comment on that.I don't have an external flash. I prefer the primes with higher ISOsfor indoors and low light. (I'm really hooked on prime lenses.) ButI can tell you, the sb800 is just too big for me and I would probablynot use it much. (A friend of mine has it.) I'd like an externalflash the size of the sb400 but it doesn't have the rotating head.So I'm just going to wait as I have other items on my wish list..

Since I'm not familiar with the Nikon flash units I was suggesting a unit that would angle flash in any direction, walls, ceiling, etc..

I also agree with Mary that a fast prime is invaluable for low light shooting and/or portraits and every serious kit should have at least one or two.Regards,Hank.

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Comment #16

You guys have been really great in helping me make some decisions thanks !.

Mary you said you would get a " prime with higher ISOs.

For indoors and low light".

I am new to this ... I'm assuming a prime is a lens sorry this is prob a dumb question ...

So my shopping list would be-Sigma 30mm f/1.4sb600 flash.

Sound ok?..

Comment #17

Jetgirl5167 wrote:.

I am new to this ... I'm assuming a prime is a lens sorry this isprob a dumb question ...

No such thing as a dumb question....everyone learns at some point, but yes a 'prime' is a lens with a fixed focal length and aperture such as a 50mmf1.8 unlike a zoom which varies like a 18-55f3.5-5.6. Those numbers mean that f3.5 is the widest aperture at 18mm and f5.6 is the widest at 55mm. The prime is usually sharper, faster and less expensive because it uses fewer elements..

DPR has a dedicated Nikon lens forum you may find helpful for future choices too...http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/forum.asp?forum=1030.

So my shopping list would be-Sigma 30mm f/1.4sb600 flash.

Sound ok?.

Here's a site for lens reviews you might find interesting.....Nikon is midway down...http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/overview.

Regards,Hank..

Comment #18

Jetgirl5167 wrote:.

You guys have been really great in helping me make some decisionsthanks !.

Mary you said you would get a " prime with higher ISOs.

For indoors and low light".

I am new to this ... I'm assuming a prime is a lens sorry this isprob a dumb question ...

So my shopping list would be-Sigma 30mm f/1.4sb600 flash.

Sound ok?.

Yes. I was referring to a lens - prime has one focal length, no zoom. (5th one down from the top on this link. Sigma makes this lens with different mounts for various camera brands - Sony, Nikon, Pentax etc.).

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...;O=RootPage.jsp&A=search&Q=*&bhs=t.

Your list looks good to me. Why don't you take a look at the Nikon Lens talk forum and get a feel for what others are saying about the 30 1.4. Its very favorable from what I can tell but take a look your self and check out some of the photos..

I think you'll really like the prime lens...

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