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Old 03-03-2009, 13:47   #1 (permalink)
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Nikon D200 - Which Lenses?

Hello

Very Basic question here from a n00b

My new d200 arrived today - it's been bought second hand from a friend so therefore doesn't include any lenses.

As I'm starting completely from scratch that doesn't matter to me (and also because I can't actually HAVE the camera til the end of June as it's a birthday present!)

So - in an ideal world, starting completely from scratch, what lenses would you choose to go with the D200?

I'm probably looking for a macro lense, a good all-rounder, and something with a fairly decent zoom also.

Any/all suggestions welcome please!

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Old 03-03-2009, 14:57   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon D200 - Which Lenses?

I have been looking for what you want for about 45yrs! I still use the kit lens that came with my D70 its a 18-70mm it now sits proudly on my D300, it can get fairly close for flower heads and stuff like that, its good for portraiture as well but its a little on the short side for bird photography you will need something up to 300mm or 400mm and unless you are loaded you will be looking at something from the Sigma range they do a good range of lenses for all pockets, best of luck with your search.
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Old 03-03-2009, 15:09   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon D200 - Which Lenses?

Definately NOT loaded, no!

The trouble I'm having is knowing where to start - I have 2 film SLRs that I haven't used for at least 8 years, both of which are on loan from my grandad (!!!) and have never been able to afford a DSLR before (I can't now, which is why it's a birthday prezzie!). With neither of the 2 film SLRs being my own, I've never been in the situation of having a completely blank canvas and being able to buy lenses of my own, so I'm like a kid in a sweet shop

So before I get completely carried away and buy everything I can lay my hands on, I thought I'd best get my bum in here and ask for advice. The 18-70mm sounds like a good suggestion, as I love shots of flower heads and the like

I would, of course, ask my Grandad as he's been a photographer for years - only trouble is, he only ever takes photographs of trains *yawn* He's bloomin good at it, mind (and gets paid for it too, lol) - but he wouldn't be able to help with the best advice for macros/fast-moving animals (I have dogs) and landscapes - which is why I'm on here
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Re: Nikon D200 - Which Lenses?

You have indicated that macro, a reasonable zoom and a general purpose lens would be ideal, so let's see if we can do this with just two lenses.

You are right to want a general purpose lens. They are so useful. There are lenses now that cover a very large range. Nikon has the 18-200vr, Sigma make an 18-200 and an 18-250, and Tamron have an 18-200 and an 18-270. All of these lenses make super general purpose or 'walkabout' lenses, and the Tamron has the longest reach. Silkstone has one and has given it a good review here with som sample pictures here.

Other lenses that can be considered general purpose are the Nikon 18-70 or 16-85, and the equivalent Sigma or Tamron. however, that still leaves you the longer zoom requirement. The sigma 70-300 is a very good and great value lens, but the Tamron 18-270 is more versatile. The Nikon 70-300vr is also very good, but more expensive.

For macro check out the Sigma 105mm and Tamron 90mm or the Sigma 150mm.

There are other examples of the pictures you can get in our Example photos and we have some lens reviews in the Reviews section.

That gives you a starting point. At least you have time to get stuck into the reviews and ask further questions here!
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Re: Nikon D200 - Which Lenses?

well i recommend the 18-70 dx ed , a very fine lens much underrated , for macro 90mm from nikon as well, and the 50 mm 1.8 d and the 85 mm 1.8 d than you should be ready to shoot a lot
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Old 03-03-2009, 21:06   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon D200 - Which Lenses?

I use a Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro as a walk about. As you are using a D200, you can go with the non HSM version, which is cheaper. T4 Cameras have them on special for under £150. It is a very under rated lens, but takes cracking images. The Nikon 18-70mm is very highly regarded.

I also have a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro. Not a true macro, but decent enough in good light and based on a tripod. The 1:2 macro function is available between 200mm and 300mm. Again, these can be found quite cheap because you can go with the non built in motor version, but make sure you do get the APO version. An alternative is the Tamron 70-300mm, but I have no experience of this lens.

The Nikon 18-55mm kit lens is not too bad for starting out. Find some second hand camera shops, see what they have going, you usually get a couple of months warranty.

Finally, go to Nikon and download Nikon Transfer and Viewer, both free, so you can get those wonderful images off the CF card.

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Re: Nikon D200 - Which Lenses?

Whoops I forgot to mention....you can buy a screw in close close up lens that simply fits on the front of your standard zoom that is the cheapest option for close ups, I used one for many years in my film days they are bound to work as well with digital, I also bought my first macro lens S/H 105mm nikkor which I done well with this was replaced with a later version which I still use to this day! I will down size a picture that I did with it last year in my next post so check back in a while.........
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105mm micro nikkor,taken in the back garden, you don't have to travel far for creepy crawlies!
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Re: Nikon D200 - Which Lenses?

That's a cracker of a shot *shudders at creepy crawlies* I find them gross - but also completely fascinating at the same time!

I am soaking up all info on lenses - I have a few months to buy before I'm allowed to get my hands on my camera (even though it's now sat in my living room - in it's box. It's killing me!) so thanks so much for the excellent recommendations and please keep them coming - I need all the help I can get!
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Re: Nikon D200 - Which Lenses?

I've found Sigma lenses are great value for money:

Sigma 18-50mm DC 'kit' lens (had for 5 years and I still use for IR, like here a couple months ago)


Sigma 70-300mm DG (not as good as the APO version which is much better)


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Re: Nikon D200 - Which Lenses?

I use on my D70 Tokina 12-24mm, 18-70mm[kit lens] which am very impressed with & 70-210mm, covers me for most things but 300mm might be a better option for that extra distance.
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My two cents worth. If you want Macro, then get a macro lens. You can't beat a dedicated macro lens, no matter which brand you buy. Some very nice macro lenses that you can get second hand are the Tamron SP90mm f2.8, Sigma 105mm or the 150mm f2.8 or the Nikkor 105mm. I use the Tamron myself and am very happy with it. General purpose lens, I would recommend the Nikkor 18-200 VR or any off brand spin off of this lens. Check your budget and the quality you want in deciding which brand you want, but in terms of range you can't beat it. When I do travel, this is the only zoom lens I bring along. You can capture landscape in the 18mm range and without changing lenses you can zoom in on someone with the 18-200. Lenses over 300mm in my opinion are not travel friendly lenses. 400, 500, 600mm are all dedicated lenses. Primes lenses are they BEST, but in some places you can't beat the flexibilities of a zoom lens.
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