Buying a D80, need help with lenses

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by motownflip, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. motownflip macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    First of all, I am a noob when it comes to dslr's. I'm buying this camera based on months of reading reviews and other peoples feedback. What I want to know is what would you recommend for lenses?

    I will be using this camera to shoot mostly indoors. Dogs, people, etc. Saying that, I also would like to take this camera on vacation. I go to Cabo San Lucas yearly, so the beach and ocean will be my target there. We get to see some whales while there and a lot of family vacation with us.

    Thanks in advance for your replies!
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The 18-70 or 18-135 "kit" lens would do everything you need. It is best to start there. For whales the 135 is better. For indoor shots a faster prime lens is always good. The 50mm f/1.8 is a great value. I find the my 85mm is to long to use inside smaller rooms unless I want just a "head shot". a 35mm prime would be nice but the 50mm is both cheaper and faster.

    Start with one of Nikon's "kit" lenses then after a thousand or two frames you will know what shots you missed. Buy a second lens to get those shots. But if you shoot indoors you may find you want an SB600 speedlight more than you want a second lens. The D80's built-in flash works but all built-in flashes are in the exact worst place, right over the lens. The external lets you bounce the light.

  3. motownflip thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Found a used package. Think I made a deal on it. It came with two lenses:
    Nikon 50mm f/1.4
    Nikon 55-200mm VR f/4-5.6

    How will these do with what I'm trying to accomplish? I figure if they are not what I want, I'll just sell them and buy what I need. Please keep the info coming.
  4. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004
    You're missing an important range (18-55). The 50mm 1.4 is an EXCELLENT lens, but it isn't a great range in a tight room.
  5. motownflip thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    should i stay at 18-55 or go with something more versatile? Anyone else have any suggestions?
  6. hank-b macrumors member


    Apr 29, 2008
    I have the Nikon 18-200 DX VR lens, which is astonishingly good.

    - HB
  7. motownflip thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    and astonishingly pricey!:eek: Got it today. Maybe I bit off more than I can chew. We'll see.....
  8. NintendoChick macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2008
    the 18-200mm? does it have VR?

    If you don't find it too bulky, you could now sell off your 55-200mm, as the new lens covers that range pretty well, I've heard...

    Congrats on your purchase!
  9. wgilles macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2008
    The 18-200 has VR and is an awesome lens, for most shooters it can be their only lens for most subjects. I have an 18-135 and 55-200 for that range and wish I had the 18-200 VR. I will be getting it soon and selling those 2 other lenses. Get the 18-200 if you can.

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