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Newbie Getting a D40 - Which Lens to get?
First time poster here...I've read a lot, but still have some questions..

I think I've made my decision to get a D40, as I need something in the entry level DSLR range to take pics for my company. We go to a lot of events ranging from car races to concerts. We also like taking pictures of cars and outdoor people snapshots. I'm really looking for something that's easy to use and requires minimal post processing. I also want a good all around lens that I dont have to change a lot, or at all (I like to travel light). So I believe something like an 18-200 lens is what I should be looking at.



The options I see are:18-200mm f/3.5-5.618-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ED-IF AF-S VR DX18-200mm f/3.5-6.3AF 18-250mm F/3,5-6,3 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO with Motor.

What is the difference between f/3.5-6.3 and f/3.5-5.6?.

Is the only lens worth getting if it has AF & VR?.

Is there another lens besides what is listed above that would better suit my needs?..

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Silvalex wrote:.

First time poster here...I've read a lot, but still have some questions..

I think I've made my decision to get a D40, as I need something inthe entry level DSLR range to take pics for my company. We go to alot of events ranging from car races to concerts. We also liketaking pictures of cars and outdoor people snapshots. I'm reallylooking for something that's easy to use and requires minimal postprocessing. I also want a good all around lens that I dont have tochange a lot, or at all (I like to travel light). So I believesomething like an 18-200 lens is what I should be looking at.



The options I see are:18-200mm f/3.5-5.618-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ED-IF AF-S VR DX18-200mm f/3.5-6.3AF 18-250mm F/3,5-6,3 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO with Motor.

What is the difference between f/3.5-6.3 and f/3.5-5.6?.

Is the only lens worth getting if it has AF & VR?.

Is there another lens besides what is listed above that would bettersuit my needs?.

You haven't said what brand these are. From what I have read the Tamron 18-250 (bottom one on your list) and the Nikon 18-200 VR are good, better than the Sigma and Tamron 18-200 lenses. You can read reviews athttp://www.photozone.de.

They all have AF (autofocus). VR (vibration reduction, which helps you to hold the lens steady) is useful at the telephoto end when camera shake can be a problem. If you want VR, the Nikon 18-200 would be appropriate..

Best wishesMike..

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Silvalex wrote:.

What is the difference between f/3.5-6.3 and f/3.5-5.6?.

This means at 200mm one lens will have a max aperture of f/6.3 while the other will have f/5.6. This is 1/3 of a stop difference; in practice not enough to worry about..

Is the only lens worth getting if it has AF & VR?.

AF-S or HSM are faster, quieter focusing mechanisms so, yes, it is preferable. However, the D40 only supports AF-S lenses, so you don't have a choice..

VR or OS will help you get sharper images when the lighting is not optimal. So again, yes, it is preferable..

Is there another lens besides what is listed above that would bettersuit my needs?.

No, those are all of the D40 compatible superzooms..

Erik..

Comment #2

You know I'm not sure the site mentioned what brand the lenses were. I guess that's obviously a good question to ask them. Are there some brands to stay away from?.

Also just to make sure, this one lens will be good for most all shots right? Upclose snapshots as well as a decent zoom?..

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Silvalex wrote:.

You know I'm not sure the site mentioned what brand the lenses were..

From this page, the likely lenses arehttp://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond60/page3.asp.

" Nikon 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR" Sigma 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 DC" Sigma 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM" Tamron 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II (Model A14)" Tamron 18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II (Model A18).

Compared to your list there is no other f/3.5-5.6 except the Nikon one. The Nikon, Sigma OS HSM, and Tamron 18-250 are better than the other 18-200 lenses..

I guess that's obviously a good question to ask them. Are there somebrands to stay away from?.

You may be slightly more likely to have a problem with the Sigma and Tamron lenses than the Nikon. Also you have to make sure that you get the latest versions that are compatible with the D40..

Also just to make sure, this one lens will be good for most all shotsright? Upclose snapshots as well as a decent zoom?.

How close? None of these are suitable for something like stamps or coins..

Read the pros/cons here:http://www.dpreview.com/...sreviews/nikon_18-200_3p5-5p6_vr_afs_n15/page4.asp.

They will do fine in most situations. But there is also a reason why some users prefer to use specific lenses for specific purposes..

Erik..

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Erik Magnuson wrote:.

The Nikon, Sigma OS HSM, and Tamron 18-250 are better than theother 18-200 lenses..

Really? Because the 18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II lens on the site I'm looking at (foto connection) is MUCH cheaper than the 18-200 mm VR lens. Which makes me wonder, does the 18-250 mm lens have VR? I am assuming that for my novice level VR is something I should be after?.

How close? None of these are suitable for something like stamps orcoins..

Not too many macro type shots I don't think..

Read the pros/cons here:http://www.dpreview.com/...sreviews/nikon_18-200_3p5-5p6_vr_afs_n15/page4.asp.

Very informative, thanks!..

Comment #5

Never mind...I read all of the TERRIBLE reviews about foto connection. Wow they sound like they really suck..

I see that Ritz offers a brand called Quantaray with an 18-200 AF lens. Is it worth getting?..

Comment #6

Get the Nikon 18-200 Vr. No lens with these extreme focal lengths are going to be stellar performers optically, but the Nikon is good..

The reason to get the Nikon is resale. If you decide you don't like it later, it will hold it's resale value way way better than third party lenses. Your cost to own will be significantly less. Used 18-200 vr Nikkors sell for not that much less than new and are extremely popular..

If you insist on a third party lens, get OS or IS or whatever they call it. That feature is worth it for the long end and will make the lens worth more for resale..

I would avoid the Quanteray. They depreciate like crazy and don't have a good reputation even though they are made by Tamron, Sigma or Consina...

Comment #7

Silvalex wrote:.

Which makes me wonder, does the 18-250 mm lens have VR?.

No. One reason it will be cheaper..

I am assuming that for my novice level VR is something I should be after?.

Yes, VR or OS would be helpful..

Erik..

Comment #8

Do you need to be able to shoot in low light, like indoor concerts or races at night? If so, none of those lenses is going to do well...

Comment #9

Greg Nut wrote:.

Do you need to be able to shoot in low light, like indoor concerts orraces at night? If so, none of those lenses is going to do well..

Yes sometimes. Well even outdoor concerts are usually at night..

Costco has a pretty good sale on the D40 w/18-55 and 55-200 VR lens. It just seems SO much cheaper than the 18-200 VR lens and D40 (almost half price). Would these two lenses actually offer me more flexibility, better pictures AND a cheaper price?.

I guess the problem at that point is having to carry an extra lens around. But with the right case and a backpack I should still be able to stop and have a beer once in a while, right?..

Comment #10

Silvalex wrote:.

Costco has a pretty good sale on the D40 w/18-55 and 55-200 VR lens.It just seems SO much cheaper than the 18-200 VR lens and D40 (almosthalf price). Would these two lenses actually offer me moreflexibility, better pictures AND a cheaper price?.

You will get two out of the three - marginally better pictures and cheaper price but at the expense of convenience/flexibility. It is very difficult to make an 11x zoom that has good IQ. Much easier to make two separet lenses covering the same focal range..

I do not like the 18-55 kit lens. It is agood lens but 18-55 is too short for me. I prefer 18-70 or longer..

You might want to see if you can get a D40 with 18-135 anywhere (maybe used?). That lens has no VR but it is an excellent walkaround lens for which you do not have to pay a premium price..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

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