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I just bought at Nikon D60 and already I wish I had more zoom capabilities for taking pictures of my daughter without her being aware of me in front of her with a camera. This is my first DSLR camera and I haven't got through the camera manual yet and don't even know the basics but I do know what good pictures look like and would like to take them. I have a lot to learn..

Is there a particular lens that I could purchase that would allow me to be further away when taking pictures? I don't mind investing in a good lens that would be useful.Thanks...

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What is the focal length range of the lens that came with the camera?..

Comment #1

Since you did not specify what lens you currently have, I assume it is the 18-55 VR..

The next longer focal range would be the 55-200mm VR. It is a very usable and cheap lens..

Another great lens is the 105mm VR, can be used for portraits as well as Macro..

If money is not an issue, I would go with the 70-200mm 2.8. One heck of a lens with a lot of reach and a fast aperture to boot!.

Hope this helps!.

Respects,.

Doni.

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Comment #2

Lilypadpie wrote:.

I just bought at Nikon D60 and already I wish I had more zoomcapabilities for taking pictures of my daughter without her beingaware of me in front of her with a camera..

Just keep shooting. Eventually she'll get so used to having a camera around she won't ham it up for the camera..

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Comment #3

Nickleback wrote:.

Just keep shooting. Eventually she'll get so used to having a cameraaround she won't ham it up for the camera..

Yes.... and don't forget to show her the pictures that you take at some later time. Then you can discuss them with her so that she knows that there is some point to what is happening. Perhaps even show her some pictures of yourself as a youngster... [??]Regards,Baz..

Comment #4

Thanks to everyone. I have the 18-55 lens now that came with the camera. I think I will look at getting a capable lens as long as it isn't too bulky.So much to learn!!! This is a great resource...

Comment #5

70-200 2.8 will definitely give you more reach and it allows you take photos with a lower amount of light..

The 70-300vr will give you a little more reach and is more compact but not as sharp when you are zoomed in as far as it will go and you will need to be in a pretty bright environment..

Happy Shooting!!..

Comment #6

I think the OP would probably not consider the 70-200, as it costs several times the D60. Maybe, but I'd guess not. He also mentioned size..

I think the 55-200vr or even the bulkier 70-300vr would be appropriate. They aren't really much slower than the kit lens he has and more in line cost and size wise. Just my opinion...

Comment #7

Go try the Sigma 50-150 f2.8. It's the right lens for your shooting...fast, moderate size, excellent IQ, and good FL range..

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Comment #8

This may seem like stating the obvious, but you could aways just stand a bit further away! With 10 megapixels at your disposal, you've got plenty of scope for cropping and still getting VERY decent pictures. A large screenful (1600x1200 pixels) is still under two megapixels, and you can get great prints out of that as long as they aren't destined for an art gallery..

It's easier than messing about with changing lenses which takes time and may distract your daughter from whatever she's doing..

Amy..

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