A&P Planning on getting a D80, any lens suggestions?

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  1. Raslafor

    Raslafor New Member

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    I've been saving up some money for a Nikon D80 and some lenses for a while now, but I'm still new with photography, and I'm not sure which lenses I should start with. I'm thinking about spending ~1300-1500 altogether (camera included), and I want to get the most bang for my buck.

    What are a couple of good lenses that someone like me who's new to photography should pick up? I'm interested in taking some macro shots, but I want a decent lens that can take landscapes or portraits as well. Also, where could I get the best deal? Thanks
     
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    18-135
     
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    skip the 18-135... go for the 18-70, not as much range, but better build and faster focus. it is also much sharper. If you have the bucks though... go for the 18-200VR.
     
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    I second this.


    The 18-135 is WORLDS better than the 18-55 kit lens, but the 18-70 is awesome.

    The 18-200 is a badass lens too, but it's $$. If you can afford it, go for it.
     
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    People are really into the Tamron 17-50. It's a pretty fast zoom for cheap. I have the 18-70 and it takes some really nice looking photos, but it's definitely on the slow side at f3.5 wide open.
     
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    Hmm, thanks for the advice everyone. From what everyone's said, I'll probably be leaning towards the 18-70 for now. I'll definitely be buying a couple more lenses sometime this summer, but right now the 18-200 won't fit into my budget. I'll still be browsing around a bit more before I actually make the purchase and I'll definitely check out the others mentioned as well.
     
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    having owned both the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 & Nikon 18-70 3.5-4.5, I'd opt for the Tamron any day of the week.
     
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    Yeah?

    Just because of speed?
     
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    I haven't tested out the Tamron but the 2.8 is very tempting. I own the 18-70 and I've used my brothers 18-135...my lens > his. I would say go test out the 17-50 before you decide.
     
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    it just seems to be my personal opinion, but my d80 with the 18-135 doesnt seem very sharp. it does do well as a walking around lens though.
     
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    better f-stop is a given, but in general, it's a much shaper / contrasty picture when shot back to back. I have more keepers on my Tamron...even in ideal conditions (lots of light, outside).
     

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