What kind of lenses should I get for a D300

I'm moving up to digital with a new D300, but I'm not sure what lenses to get. I like to create art with my photography, including picturesque landscapes and creative up close and personal macro shots. I may do some portraits because my wife would want pics of the grandkids, but most of my work is for art. I used to have a Minolta x700, but haven't been using it for quite some time. I went to an art fair and talked to several of the photographer/artists and got re-interested in photography again. Sooooo, I need some help. Any of you experts got any ideas for me?..

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Here's an article, don't know if it answers your questions..


For landscapes you want a super wide angle, portraits something between 50mm and 135mm. For macro are best off with a fixed focal length lens..

Next whats your budget?.

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Thanks Mr. Baracus,.

I am a beginner of sorts. I had a Minolta x700 in the 80's, but then I gave up photography for several years due to health reasons (heart attacks, by-pass surgery and an accident.) Anyway, I went to our city's Art Fair and talked with several of the photog/artists and got all excited about the new world of digital SLRs. I looked at several of the dSLRs and decided to get a Nikon D300. It's something that I'll be able to grow into, and it gives me so much control over my shots. I don't expect to ever be considered a pro and sell my stuff; I just want to create exciting, artistic pics more than just take snapshots of the dogs and grandkids. I want lenses that will do the job without having to rob a bank to pay for it.

I would like to keep it all under $5000 (camera body included) if I can)Thanks, BZ..

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Personally, I think it would be more fun to buy just one lens at a time, learn to use it and then research the next. You'll be better able to decide what you want to tackle next after you have fun and learn one lens..

You might want to start with the 105vr f2.8 Macro. This lens is great for close portraits of the grand kids as well as macro work. It's extremely sharp and a pro-level build. I skipped this lens and bought the Sigma 150 f2.8 macro because it's as good and I already owned the ultimate portrait lens in the 85 f1.4. The 85 f1.4 costs $1100, the Sigma 150 Macro costs $600, and the Nikon 105 Macro costs $760..

For a normal lens, you might consider the wonderful Nikkor 17-55 f2.8. This is a super piece of pro-glass for your D300. It sells for around $1100. I prefer primes and purchased the 35 f2 and I zoom with my feet. Here's my grand-nephew with the 35 and it's around $320..

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Cheers, Craig..

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Thanks for the info, and what a great shot of your grandnephew!..

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I have not read the other posts here, but check out the Nikon SLR Lense talk, I am sure you will find a wealth of information there!THE Brandon Paith.

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