What should my next lens be?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Shacklebolt, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. Shacklebolt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2004
    Assume price is not a thing.
    EDIT: Or okay, assume <2k.

    I presently own a D80 and

    Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.4fD
    Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G

    These actually cover the range I like to shoot quite nicely, but I feel like I'm lacking quality in the sub-70mm range.

    I'm well aware that you should take some time to get used to your lenses, and I'm enjoying using them a lot. I don't feel like there's harm in adding a lens to your collection though.

    Any suggestions?
  2. beavo451 macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    What do you want to shoot? Low-light? Macro?

    How about a 17-55mm f/2.8 and sell your 18-135?
    Or a 105mm VR Macro?

    Or if price really isn't an issue...

    400mm f/2.8 VR
    200-400mm f/4 VR
  3. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    Great mid to wides:

    Sigma 10-20mm HSM
    Nikon 20-35mm AF-D (No longer in production)
    Nikon 35-70mm AF-D (No longer in production)
    Nikon 17-35mm AF-S
    Nikon 14-24mm AF-S
    Nikon 24-70mm AF-S

    I've got the first three, and if I want wide it's a toss up between the 20-35 and the Sigma, both produce excellent quality images.
  4. TimJim macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
  5. yeroen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2007
    Cambridge, MA
    I'd go with the 17-35 2.8 AFS, or at least that's the next lens I'd get if it was in the budget.

    I own the 28 2.8 AIS and it competes with my 50 1.8 and 180 2.8 for the title of favorite lens. The 28 f/2 AIS is, I've read, even better.

    While you're at it, you might as well pick up a 50 1.8 for $100. I generally prefer it to my 50 1.4 for shots above f/2.8.
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location

    You want to buy something, but you don't know what. This is an indication that you don't need to buy anything. So if you're asking for a recommendation for a new lens, and yet you aren't lacking or missing potential shots, my answer is "nothing."

    Just wait until you find something you need. If you need an ultra-wide angle, you'll find out eventually just by using your current system. If you need a wide-ish lens with a large aperture, then you'll also know after using your current system.
  7. vchalupa macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2008
    VR Lenses

    I just bought a new D40 and I love it. The picture quality is amazing and everything works well with the VR Lenses. I have one non-VR and one VR lens by Nikon and the VR (70-200 mm) is absolutely fantastic. I used it to shoot pictures in an auditorium setting filled with people and performances on stage. The VR Lens was astounding in low-light situation. I'm really impressed with the picture quality it produced.

    If you don't have a VR Lens already, I'd consider any of the VR Lenses by Nikon.
  8. zirkle2007 macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2007
    Indiana, USA
    The voice of reason. Listen to it! :p

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