What should my next lens be?

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

  1. Shacklebolt macrumors 6502a

    Shacklebolt

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    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

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    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

    compuwar

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    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

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  5. yeroen macrumors 6502a

    yeroen

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    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

    Abstract

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    Nothing.

    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

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    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

    zirkle2007

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    The voice of reason. Listen to it! :p
     

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