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Nikon D40 low light and wide angle lens on a budget...
Greetings everyone...I recently upgraded to a DSLR and went with the D40 because I am on a serious budget. I also got the 18-70 and 55-200 VR lenses but have since upgraded to the 18-200VR (I couldnt deal with having to change lenses). The whole reason I bought the camera is for a trip to Europe in April. I feel like I need a low light and wide angle lens to bring with me but again, I am on a super low budget..

Can anyone recommend what I should buy to balance out my bag before I go??.

I am not manual focus savvy so I know the options with auto focus are limited (D40)...any ideas for good/cheap lenses would be appreciated..

Thanks!..

Comments (9)

Do you have an external flash? If not, consider an SB-600. A good tripod and/or monopod would be useful, too..

There aren't a lot of lenses wider than 18mm, and they're all expensive. As for low light, there's the 17-55/2.8. You don't want to know the price..

The 10.5mm fisheye is a remarkable lens. About $600...

Comment #1

For low light without manual focus you are struggling, I would suggest the 35mm f/2 or 50mm f/1.8 otherwise..

For the wideangle, the Sigma 10-20 or Tokina 12-24. I went for the former as it is 2mm wider. Sharpness and colour rendition are good, but some slight softness in the corners..

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Comment #2

You already have 18 mm and VR. Used with a high ISO speed that should cope with interiors, fading light at dusk, and so on..

The only affordable wide angle lens I can think of which would add to your low light capability is the Sigma 18-50/2.8 which is now available in an HSM version for the D40. It's more expensive than the the standard version though - immediately swallowing up some of the saving you made by choosing the D40. And in any case the benefit is debatable, since it has a larger aperture but it doesn't have VR. I am clutching at straws to be honest..

Sigma also has a 30 mm f/1.4 HSM - the only large-aperture prime on the market which will autofocus with the D40. But it's not wide angle, and compared with the consumer zooms it's not especially cheap...

Comment #3

I'd agree with the poster that said you already have reasonably wide. Wider than 18mm is expensive unless you are prepared to use a manual lens..

As for the low light aspect you should practice with the lens you have and higher ISOs. If you are shooting architecture or scenes in low light then you can exploit the VR on your lens to get longer exposures..

Get a spare battery and/or memory card and/or bean bag instead. Far more useful for travel..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #4

Thanks for the responses...I think you all might be right....

I do have a spare battery, extra memory, bag and external flash (SB600)....

I have thought a lot about the Sigma 30 (almost got one used for $295)...would it add much to my shots? or should I look for a Sigma 10-20 I can afford? Or will either of them really add anything to my bag besides weight?.

Thanks again...'we are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful we pretend to be' K.V. RIP..

Comment #5

Neophyte13 wrote:.

Thanks for the responses...I think you all might be right....

I do have a spare battery, extra memory, bag and external flash(SB600)....

I have thought a lot about the Sigma 30 (almost got one used for$295)...would it add much to my shots? or should I look for a Sigma10-20 I can afford? Or will either of them really add anything to mybag besides weight?.

For a vacation especially in Europe most would say you do need something wider than 18mm. The 30 f/1.4 would be useful in museums, churches etc..

Alex.

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Comment #6

Before you get the sigma 30 1.4, you better know more about what it is.. it can take wounderful pix, but probably more horrible shots..

First, it's not a wide-angle...is that a 30mm what you're looking for?.

It has fairly good "bokeh", but very ugly out-of-focus highlights (UFO shape, not circle)..

Horrible corner sharpness (more like field curvature issue).

It has excellent center sharpness, but not so when the subject is in infinity..

If you need AF, maybe 18-50 2.8 HSM is the only "budget" fast lens. I have never used the HSM version, but the older one is reasonably good..

10-20 is a slow lens, not quite suitable for low-light..

I have thought a lot about the Sigma 30 (almost got one used for$295)...would it add much to my shots? or should I look for a Sigma10-20 I can afford? Or will either of them really add anything to mybag besides weight?.

Wilfred..

Comment #7

Neophyte13:.

Thanks for the responses...I think you all might be right....

I do have a spare battery, extra memory, bag and external flash(SB600)....

I have thought a lot about the Sigma 30 (almost got one used for$295)...would it add much to my shots? or should I look for a Sigma10-20 I can afford? Or will either of them really add anything to mybag besides weight?.

You pretty much have all you need, except maybe converters (do US folks still need converters in Europe???) and extra cards if you have no laptop..

Shlepping around Europe is bad enough without a pile of lenses. There's always a lot of walking involved, certainly compared to the American experience, and northern Europe is frequently wet I've even encountered snow in England in the middle of summer. You will also spend a lot of time humping luggage in and out of hotel rooms, trains, planes etc. And you may not want to draw attention to yourself by fumbling with expensive-looking, easily fenced camera gear..

There's a reason the 18-200 is highly regarded as a travel lens..

You haven't mentioned what you will be shooting nobody ever does on this forum but I suspect that you won't be shooting fast moving sports. Thus, the 18-200's VR ought to make up for the slowness of the lens. And most landscapes and architecture will use higher f values anyway..

If you really want to spend some money on lenses, your best bet is the Sigma 10-20 HSM. It will autofocus on the D40 and will give you focal lengths which are not available on the 18-200 and which are likely to be of the most use shooting architecture and landscapes..

There doesn't seem to be any point to the 30 mm f/1.4 on an European vacation unless you have a very specific activity in mind..

But I would just save the $500 spent on the 10-20 and use it for a bit bigger hotel room, fancier restaurants, or 1st class train tickets..

Good luck and enjoy your trip,msc..

Comment #8

Ahhh I guess it does matter what I will be shooting....

I was being general in saying EuropeI am going Greece and a couple of the islands (most important for me is the white/blue contrast of Santorini). No doubt there will be low-light times (ex...Acropolis at night and general nightlife/evening shots)...and then I feel like any time there is landscape scenery, a wider angle would be nice..

I have always only had a point and shoot, so I guess this will be an upgrade no matter what..

Again, thanks for the info....

A'we are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful we pretend to be' K.V. RIP..

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