A&P Help me on Nikon lens choice. Thanks!

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  1. Curren$y

    Curren$y New Member

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    Hello all. I am a noobie photographer and am going to be purchasing my first DSLR. My camera of choice is a Nikon d50. My question is what lens should i get? I have 130ish for a lens. No more. I have been pretty set on this one(50mm)

    http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-50mm-Ni...s_2/102-7837747-8129707?ie=UTF8&s=electronics

    It's the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens.

    Is this an okay starting lens? Or should i go with a 70-300mm lens? I will be starting off using the Auto feature but i plan to make the most out of the camera. I will be able to purchase more lens' down the road but the one i choose now is the one i will use for the first few months and learn on. Thank you very much.
     
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    Hua AZN photographer crew

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    Honestly, the 18-70 kit lens is used 99% of the time, whenever I shoot. I have the 50mm f/1.8 and the 70-200 f/2.8 VR, and those two spend more time in the bag than anything. A 50mm is sharp, but too much zoom, and not enough zoom at the same time.
     
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    00soul halfsharkalligatorhalfman

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    uh...the 50mm is a prime...it has no zoom
     
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    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    if you only have $130, get the 50mm or save up. don't get the 70-300 that is around $175
     
  5. Hua

    Hua AZN photographer crew

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    No duh.

    It's too long of a focal length and too short at the same time.
     
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    00soul halfsharkalligatorhalfman

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    then why don't you say that shit-dick?
     
  7. Blair

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    back on topic:

    you are going to need a zoom of some kind. something in the 18-50 range would be ideal. there are a couple of good third party lenses people like. check out nikoncafe.com for lots of nikon talk. ill see what lens recommendations i can dig up.
     
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    I think you should just get the kit lens (18-55mm) that came with the D50 if you want to start out. It's more versatile than a prime.

    The 50mm 1.8 will be ideal if you want to concentrate on portraits. Otherwise, it's too long for anything else.
     
  9. Curren$y

    Curren$y New Member

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    The 18-70mm is a great kit lens. Get it.

    After using the kit lens for a few months I had a hankering for some more zoom, so I bought a 70-210 f/4-5.6 AF. Sharp, quick to focus, good lens.

    Then I bought an 18-200mm AFS VR. Best of both lenses without having to chop and change. That said, I put a polariser on the 18-70 and just swap lenses when I want to shoot with the filter. I am always taking wide shots with the polariser so I don't need the zoom, or the VR. And the 18-70 doesn't creep, my 18-200 does.

    My next choice would probably be a wider lens, maybe the 12-24mm (I don't like fisheyes).
     
  11. tenplanescrashing

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    the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 isn't a bad lens but you should get the ED version. the one I think you're thinking of is around $150-170 and is a horrible lens. trust us, you're not going to find a lens worth buying in the under $170 range except the 50mm f/1.8.

    find something used (Nikon 18-70mm, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, etc.) or save your money.
     
  12. tenplanescrashing

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    actually im thinking of selling my 70-300mm f/4-5.6G ED lens (purchased for $375) for $250. Very rarely used as I mostly shoot wide (Tokina 12-24mm f/4). Let me know if you're interested.
     
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    A zoom may be more convenient, but the 50/1.8 is far away the best cheap lens. Until you have more money, poor man's zoom it... (walk)
     
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    DO NOT but the 28-80 that lens is pretty much a piece of shit.
     
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    .chris You drown before the water lets you in. OT Supporter

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    18-70 Hands down.
     

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