A&P Beginner Question: How do you vary your lens?

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  1. zackflavored

    zackflavored KingShit's Post #55!

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    So I'm a beginner to the DSL-R world, but am looking to expand my lens collection.

    I'm on a Nikon D5000 and already have a:

    18-55mm 3.5 stock lens
    55-200mm 4
    35mm 1.8

    What should I expand to next and why would that lens be useful to me? Not trying to be a professional but looking to take quality pictures?

    Although I am looking for a specific answer to my situation, please try to vary your answers so this can be useful to others (ie. lens for people who have a budget, or maybe lens for specific situations) ;)
     
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  2. Dwight Schrute

    Dwight Schrute New Member

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    What is a 55-70mm?

    You don't have a telephoto.
     
  3. zackflavored

    zackflavored KingShit's Post #55!

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    erg. fixed. i do have one :hs:
     
  4. johan

    johan Active Member

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    Don't buy anything more.

    You have enough lenses to last you well to the point where you will know what to buy next.
     
  5. zackflavored

    zackflavored KingShit's Post #55!

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    alrighty, will take your guys advice.

    I'm just a sucker for DoF :(
     
  6. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    It's hard for me to say don't buy anything, but don't. Learn how to use your camera, and take it off auto mode. When you get better, you'll know what things you'll need.
     
  7. huntz0r

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    Take a bit of that lens money that's burning a hole in your pocket and spend it on an SB-400.
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    fixed.
     
  9. Etherized

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    This is all you need to know. New lenses won't make better pictures.
     
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    huntz0r New Member

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    *shrug*

    Depends on one's needs...
     
  11. Wobistdu

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    those 3 lenses are pretty good man
     
  12. zackflavored

    zackflavored KingShit's Post #55!

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    are you serious? theyre like $200-under lens.

    Did the fact that i forgot to add f/3.5-5.6 and f/4-5.6 make a difference?
     
  13. tenplanescrashing

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    while it's rare for anyone on this forum to say this, those lenses will do you just fine for now. The price of them isn't what needs to be honed in on right now...it's your skills.

    Plus, when you have to ask which lens YOU need next, that means you don't know and shouldn't buy. You'll know when you need a new lens.
     
  14. TheManLouisianaFace

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    might want to get a little experience under your belt before you start giving lens advice...just sayin :hsugh:
     
  15. Wobistdu

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    you really like to throw out cocky statements don't you?

    i'm just telling him what i've been told

    "Beginner question" = those 3 lenses are fine for now. Change your tampon bro
     
  16. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    god no...no no no no no

    the SB400 is nothing more than a glorified slightly higher pop up flash. Save that ~100 bucks up, add some more and find a used SB600.
     
  17. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    not at all

    anyone in AP with half a brain realizes that you're using variable aperture lenses.

    These aren't the BEST quality lenses on the market, they're not the super duper "PRO" lenses, but you've covered the basic focal lengths that most people want to cover and in most situations where you're going to be shooting for now...ie vacation photos, kids birthday party, trips to the zoo for your scrapbook, these lenses will be acceptable. You're not going to churn out National Geographic images just yet, but that's got more to do with your skill at this point than it does with equipment (and that's just basing off of the "I'm a beginner" comment you made)...unless your name is Ken Rockwell nobody picks up a camera and takes National Geographic photos the first time....well maybe his son will:mamoru:
     
  18. Wobistdu

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    isn't that 35mm 1.8 a pretty good lens though? i hear a lot of suggestions to have the 50/1.8D as a great cheap lens
     
  19. tenplanescrashing

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    the 35mm 1.8 is a great lens...
     
  20. UnNakedChef

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    That was before the 35 1.8 came out for the DX. The 50mm is still not a bad deal for $100 or so, but the 35 on a DX sensor is much more worth it if you can find one because it gives you the traditional 50mm that you would get on a full frame sensor/film. I am hopefully picking one up today if this turdball will email me back.
     
  21. Wobistdu

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    lol turdball

    yeah cant wait for my 50 to arrive. im sure i'll love it
     
  22. FlashhslaF

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    This is what I have.

    Tokina 11-16 2.8
    Canon 17-55 2.8
    Sigma 30 1.4
    Canon 100 2.8 macro

    Don't need anything else except for maybe the 70-200 as I always see my self wanting more reach when taking pictures.

    What I have right now covers pretty much all i focus on right now, walk around/candid photography (this is where the 70-200 will definitely come in handy), landscape, macro and portraits.
     

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