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Old 10-03-2009, 16:07   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I have been reading the various threads about all the lenses out there and to be honest I am none the wiser!

I currently only have the kit lens (18-55mm) that came with my D40 and would like to be buy another.

I am torn between the Nikon 55-200mm and the Nikon 50mm.

I know they are different types of lenses (one zoom and one prime) but I was wondering which one would you buy for a second lens?

I am going to Rome in a few months and would most likely be taking landscapes and the occasional portrait.

I like the look of the photographs the 50mm takes but would be fairly limited with this lens and I would not have autofocus.

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Re: Lens Advice for D40

As you say these are two very different lenses. A lot will depend on how much you want to spend. I do not see the point of buying a 50 mm prime as you kit lens covers that focal length unless it is purely for the extra quality I assume you would get.

Apart from the 50-200 I would seriously look at one of the super zooms like the new Tamron 18-270 mm. It is getting very good reviews. I have just bought one and am pleased with it. This will cover most of the focal length range you will want in one quite small lens. Sigma are bringing something similar in the near future so that may be worth looking at as well.
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Re: Lens Advice for D40

AQ is right You have to buy lenses that reflect your requirements. I would not buy either of the lenses you mention.

When I'm on holiday and travelling light, I use a Nikkor 18-200, for many years this range was considered the ideal 'walkabout' lens that would do pretty much anything. Since then, both Sigma and Tamron have produced lenses with an even greater range with the Sigma 18-250 and Tamron 18-270. If these are over your budget they both make 18-200 lenses too that are cheaper than the Nikkor.

If you buy a lens like this you will have an excellent general purpose lens and then you can tailor any future purchases to the area of photography you want to do suvh as macro or sport.
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Re: Lens Advice for D40

Hmmm definitely food for thought.

The reason I was tempted by the 50mm was the Image quality but mostly because of the speed of the lens, I really like portraits with lots of bokeh (im picking up the lingo already )

I will take a look at some of the other zooms available, although I am on a budget of about 200.

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Re: Lens Advice for D40

I don't know how much they are now, but you used to be able to pick up the 50mm f1,8 new very cheaply, about 60. However, when you are Rome you will probably find that you will need a wide angle a lot more than you think.

If you intend to do more portrait work than anything else you have to compromise somewhere, and you have the wide angle capabilities of your kit lens, so all you will loose is the telephoto capability.

Maybe the answer is to get a new 50mm and a used 18-200. You can sell the 18-55.
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Re: Lens Advice for D40

Thanks guys,

Had a look at the 18-200mm sigma, think this might be the one to go with unless I can find a 18-200mm Nikon for around the same price.

I will wait a bit longer with the 50mm and see where my photography leads me
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Re: Lens Advice for D40

Hi shaun
If you were to ask me, I would tell you 9 times out of 10 to buy primes - because I personally think that primes are better. Personal opinion, but I think many people share my view. However, concerning that you already have the 50mm range covered by your kit lens (yes I know it is not as fast as your 50 would be - I am assuming it is a f1.8 or a f1.4 manual focus) I would suggest getting the Nikkon 55-200 for flexiblity for your travels. The sigma lens you are looking at is a good alternative as well, it just depends on if you are the type who mind changing lenses. (Personally, when I travel I perfer to change lenses as little as possible, but each person is different). For me, the ONLY purpsose to having a D40 is how light it is, so why lug around all those lenese right? Shooting light often allows you to shoot creativity. Allowing you to focus on the shot rather than the gear. I have the Nikkor 18-200 VR and I enjoy it very much as a general purpose lens. I have tested a few of the Tamron and Sigma ones but like my Nikkor best. The 18-200 VR can be purchased used at reason prices nowadays. I myself am not big on bidding on lenses off ebay (unless it is a cheaper M42 mount lens or such) as you can't examine the lens in person, but that is once again a personal call.
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