A&P Nikon Lens crew.... Say I had $500 to spend on lenses...

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  1. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

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    I've got a Nikon D50 with the standard 18-50mm lens (I believe that's what it is.. don't have it in front of me right now). I want to get some new lenses and have been thinking about a 70-300mm and some sort of wide angle lens.

    If I had a budget of 500 bucks for both lenses... which ones would you suggest? On ebay, it looks like I could pick up a nikkor 70-300mm for around 150 after shipping.

    Anyone have some suggestions?

    IBspend1500onalensyounoob


    //edit, I meant 18-55mm :hsughr:
     
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    Tamron 17-50 2.8 just under 400

    edit: and make sure you arent choosting the nikkor G version..that one is dogshit
     
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    i'd say 17-50 would be a great choice.
     
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    orly. Looks like that's what most of them are :eek4:

    is the D > G?

    //edit: are you talking about the G version of the 70-300 or the 17-50?
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    do you mean the 18-55mm lens?

    Do you plan on continuing to use that, or do you want to replace that as well?
     
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    yes, sorry. I've been pulling like 14 or 15 hour days this last week. my brain is mush right now.

    I do plan to continue using it.
     
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    the Nikon 70-300 VR would be a good investment over the Nikon 70-300 ED lens. Its about $529. I'm picking one up next week.
     
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    I have kind of a noobish question... but what's the main difference between using the 50mm 1.8 lens vs. the 50mm setting on my current lens?

    Other than maybe some clarity issues... does it really make the shot that much wider?
     
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    Doesn't make it wider, but the 50mm 1.8 can open up a LOT more, you can take a lot of pictures the 18-55 simply cant handle..mostly low light pictures plus you geat that sexy thin depth of field.

    Its a good investment..for around 100 very very few lenses give you so much for so little ( thought I still personally prefer the 35mm 2.0)
     
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    I've been thinking... out here I'm probably going to be more interested in taking wide angle shots (mountains, etc)... is the 50mm 1.8 lens still the best choice at this point?
     
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    It isn't wide--especially on a 1.5x crop camera. If you want to go wide and spend ~$500 you need to get the Tamron 12-24 or Sigma 10-20. :o
     
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    Meat Popsicle What's that smell? OT Supporter

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    You should have the 50mm 1.8 in your bag anyway. One of the sharpest lenses Nikon has.
     
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    primes tend to be much sharper than zooms. plus, the max aperture is much better (f/1.8 vs. approx. f/4.5)
     
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    I recommended the 50mm because it's ridiculiously sharp, flawless for portraits or decently cropped landscapes. Not to mention it's a 1.8, so you can shoot in much lower light without a flash.

    Set your 18-55 to 50mm, and walk around with it for a while. Imagine that that's what you're getting, but sharp and crystal clear as a tack.

    Is the 18mm not wide enough for you? Do you really want the 70-300mm?

    If your main focus is wide angle landscapes, and thats what you want most, I'd spend all 500 on this:

    http://www.adorama.com/SG1020NKAF.html


    But, for 90% of the regular photographers out here, the first recommendation would come in more useful.
     
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    u think the sigma > tokina1224?
     
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    Ya know... I knew there were two choices I wanted to give him, but I couldn't remember what the hell it was...

    Thanks!

    The Tokina 12-24 is also a good choice...

    They did a head to head review here:

    http://www.nikonians.org/nikon/nikkor-12-24mm/index.html


    I think either of them would be a great choice.
     
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    Thanks for the awesome info. I'm reading up on everything now :noes:
     
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    I think I might pick up the Sigma 10-20mm. It looks like a good lens after reading the reviews.
     
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    going by some of the sample shots... it looks like the sigma >* for performance/price
     
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    1200mk Still same OG

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    link to sample shots?
     
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    Just picked up the Sigma 10-20mm EX DC and a Nikon IR remote for $493 from jr.com :x:
     

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