A&P Reccomend me a lens for a nub

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  1. NetChemica

    NetChemica OT Supporter

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    I want to get away from the kit lens on my D40. I'm still learning so I don't need anything phenomenal, just something a little more competent than this.

    Just like everyone else, I don't want to spend too much money.
     
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    18-200 vr
     
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    200/1.8
     
  5. W.Shatner

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    85mm f/1.8 as well. Stay away from the 18-200.
     
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    I do believe u are actually the one at fault there. The kit lens is more than competent enough.

    Not bashing u, just letting u know not to blame bad pictures on your equipment.

    Keep learning like you said you need to. Then invest.
     
  7. VernonMaxwell

    VernonMaxwell The Prince of Wings

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    There is nothing wrong with the D40 kit lens.
    You can always get the 55-200VR lens or just the normal 55-200 lens.
     
  8. OlafBeserka

    OlafBeserka girls pee pee when they see me OT Supporter

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    17-70mm f/2.8-4 sigma
     
  9. tenxia

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    D40 can only use Nikon AF-S and Sigma HSM lenses.

    so you can't use the 50 mm f/1.8 ($100 on amazon)

    You can use Sigma 30mm f/1.4 ($370 amazon) but if you compare it to the Nikon 50 mm f/1.4 ($300), you're not paying that much more. Plus this Sigma lense is HSM so it autofocuses quietly and faster than regular AF lenses (HSM is the equivalent to AF-S)

    List of all lenses D40 can use:

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/d40slr/discuss/72157600428238047/

    BTW, I've read the D40 kit lense is a much much better kit lense than say, Canon's. Don't be too quick to blame the glass, we should learn how to be better photographers too.
     
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    Not to nitpick ... well, maybe a little, but I wouldn't necessarily agree with these statements. The D40 can use any Nikon lens, it just may not have the full feature set, such as with the 50mm f/1.8 AF, it won't be able to autofocus by itself.

    The only reason I'm even mentioning this is because the threadstarter is a self-proclaimed newb and I'd hate to see a newb get misinformation on a forum ;)

    I also don't think having to focus a lens yourself should preclude someone from being able to use a prime and enjoying the cheap and wonderful thrifty fifty. I still consider myself a newb and find myself manually focusing more and more, especially in low-light situations (where a 50/1.8 would really be put to use!).
     
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    I guess if he wants to manually focus, he can use any lense then. Thanks for clarifying though, you're right.

    But what would be worse is have a newbie buy a lense and wonder why it doesn't AF. Might as well get it right from the start. AF-S and HSM for autofocusing on D40.
     
  12. NetChemica

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    I know that the D40 needs a special feature on the lens. I don't want to focus myself becasue I sit in front of a computer screen all day and my eyes have a hard time focusing on things further away. When I'm taking pictures, it is rather hard for me to focus through the eye piece.
     
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    I know I need a lot more practice, but I was really hoping for some wide angle lenses or something I can zoom further with. Something for more variety than what I have right now.

    One thing I would really like is a good walk-around lens that I can take to the city or to my friends house for a get together.
     
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  14. VernonMaxwell

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    The problem is finding a good wide angle lens and a zoom lens.
    A good zoom lens is the 70-300mm VR or the 70-200
    The only thing you could do is use the 18-200.

    But you would probably be further head to use 2 different lenses.
    Because you said you don't want anything to expensive you probably won't want to get the 70-200
     
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    like it was said before use the 55-200 VR. its a really great lens for the buck and the VR helps in low light. u can usually find it for less than $300
     
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    :werd: or 18-50 f/2.8 sigma
     
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    :bowdown: great all around lens until you get to more specific area of interests (e.g. portrait, landscape, etc)
     

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