Nikon D90 and Nikon 18-200 vr

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mdo574, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2008
    ive been shooting music bands in very low light getting fairly good results at shutter 1/60 and iso 3200 with very,very little noise ..anyone got any better ideas??? thx mike
  2. macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2008
    Chestnut Tree Cafe
    Ummmm a faster lens.

    If on a strict budget then the 50 1.8 for $100 or the 35 1.8 for $200.

    I like my 18-200, but it isn't a low light lens.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2008

    well ive got a buget of around 500.00 as was looking at the nikon 50mm f1.4...what do you think??
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2008

    one thing is for shure the 18-200 shure is a awsome lense very little distortion at 200mm
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 12, 2005
    First, do you notice yourself shooting at a particular FL on the 18-200? Assuming your answer is yes...50mm-ish...then....

    The Sigma 50mm is better than the Nikkor. Either though are capable of giving you significantly better results than the 18-200.
  6. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
  7. macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jan 16, 2009
    I have the D90 and the 18-200 and 50 1.8. On the D90 the 50mm is really like 72mm right? I find it reachy enough for most situations. It's a great lens and better than the 18-200 in low light for sure. I have not shot with the 50 1.4 but I can't see the extra money being worth it. I'm very happy with the 1.8. The 18-200 is a great lens but if I could afford a bag full of prime lenses that's what I'd have.
  9. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Is 50mm what you need? With your budget you could go for a 85mm 1.8 (I've got one and I like it a lot.) or if you really must have an even longer lens you can pick up a good used 80-200 f/2.8 for about $650.

    f/2.8 gets you 4X faster shutter or 4X lower ISO, f/1.4 gets 16X. Huge difference from f/5.6 BUt the depth of feild will be very small at f/1.4 Can you handle that? When I say "small" I mean you will have to focus on the eyes, not just the person. You have to be very careful with focus at f/1.4

    Nikon just came out with a new f/1.4 so you might find a good deal on a used, pervious version 50mm lens
  10. Guest

    Apr 10, 2007
    I would just get the nifty fifty, aka the nikon 50mm 1.8, awesome lens and runs around $100 or less!
  11. macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    I would like to add the 50mm 1.8 is nice as I have it and the 18-200mm as well but it has been mentioned that the 85mm 1.8 is a nice lens and gets great praise from a bunch of people that have one. I like the 50mm for family parties or parties in general but the 85mm really has my interest as of late. Good luck with your next choice of a lens.

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