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    lens for a d50

    Hello All,

    I'm quite new to photography and I'm looking for a lens that has more range. I have a 55mm that was shipped the camera, and so far its served me well. I hoping to buy a lens that has a longer range and possible a wider angle (not sure if that exists). Has anyone any advice or can recommend a decent lens for a beginner?

    Thanks all

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    You might want to consider picking up one of the older AF Nikkors originaly made for their film cameras. They work just fine on the digital bodies, are fairly inexpensive and are of usually good quality. The 28-100 that came with the N80 is a good all around lens and the 70-300 ed is superb and both can be picked up used at cmaera shops or on the web. The equivalent quality glass in a lens made for the digital SLR's seems to me to be over priced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevikens View Post
    The 28-100 that came with the N80 is a good all around lens ....
    28mm is not a good starting point at the wide end for an "all around lens".

    I would suggest looking at the 18-200mm from Sigma. If you want more than 200mm reach, you will have to start giving up the wide end a little.
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    Welcome to the forum FOGO


    What price range are you looking at?
    I assume you have the 18-55 kit lens. So I would also back up jcon, that starting with a 28mm at the wide end after factoring in the 1.5x crop factor is probably not going to be what you want, after you stated you might want something wider than what you have.

    Most all purpose lenses with some sort of range start at 18mm.
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    thanks guys!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawpaw18 View Post
    Welcome to the forum FOGO


    What price range are you looking at?
    I assume you have the 18-55 kit lens. So I would also back up jcon, that starting with a 28mm at the wide end after factoring in the 1.5x crop factor is probably not going to be what you want, after you stated you might want something wider than what you have.

    Most all purpose lenses with some sort of range start at 18mm.
    Hows it going.

    Thats right - I have the 18-55 lens. And my budget is 200.

    Thanks again for your advice.

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    The Sigme 18-125 is about $280 us$ (not up on my currency rate of exchange) or the Sigma 18-200 for about $379 us$.

    Couple of forum user review here.
    http://www.dcresource.com/forums/sho...67&postcount=3
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    Sigma link

    - Rich

    Nikon: D50, 18-70mm, 50mm, 70-200vr
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    Manfrotto: 486RC2
    Benro: A-327 tripod


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    I think that the money he is talking about is the euro or pound, and my dad just got back from london, and its around 2$ for every 1 euro or pound whichever it is. Those two lenses are quite good and probably the most inexpensive for the quality they put out. You could look at the 18-200 by Nikon but the price for that lens is around 900 us$
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
    Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D (70-200mm f/2.8 VR soon)
    Nikon SB600 (SB800 soon)
    Nikon MB-D10 grip
    Sekonic L-358
    Bogan/Manfrotto 055xprob tripod

    Canon AE-1 Program
    Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
    CPC 2x Teleconverter
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 80-200 f/4.5
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 28mm Macro f/2.8

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    Quote Originally Posted by fogo View Post
    Hello All,

    I'm quite new to photography and I'm looking for a lens that has more range. I have a 55mm that was shipped the camera, and so far its served me well. I hoping to buy a lens that has a longer range and possible a wider angle (not sure if that exists). Has anyone any advice or can recommend a decent lens for a beginner?
    A lens with a longer range and a wider angle does not exist (except perhaps the Sigma 17-70, but the difference between 17 and 18 is neglicable and the added range in the tele are isn't all that much either). If you want a wider angle you'll have to buy a wide angle lens. For instance the Sigma 10-20 or the Tokina 12-24. Both lenses are capable of producing great results but neither of them fits in your budget.

    I agree with the suggestions of Jcon and Rich. The Sigma 18-125 and 18-200 are both great walk around lenses. I have heard many good stories of both lenses on this forum. Many members around here have shown that these lenses are capable of producing great results (especially when stopped down a little). By the way, Sigma is going to release an 18-200 with optical image stabilisation. Though this model is most likely more expensive than the 18-200 currently on the market, it may be well worth the wait.

    Do remember that to give these lenses such a long range many compromises have been made. The lenses are somewhat less sharp, vignetting occurs when the lens is wide open and there is quite some distortion. For many users these compromises are not a problem, but if you don't like these things it may be better for you to start looking at a two lens kit. With the budget you specified you can easily buy the Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro. This tele lens is great for its price. The results are quite sharp, there are hardly any distortions and the lens also has a very nice macro mode. It's quality is often seen as being better that that of the Nikon 70-300G and on par with that of the Nikon 70-300D (which is more expensive). Combined with the 18-55 the Sigma 70-300 would make a great kit for a beginner. However, you will have to sacrifice the convenience of having a one lens option.
    Nikon D-50
    // Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6 VR // Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8
    // Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 ...// Nikon SB-600
    // Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6......// Nikon Series E 135 mm f/2.8
    // Kiron 105 f/2.8 Macro....// Manfrotto 190XPROB + 488RC4
    // Nikkor 35 f/1.8..........// Sigma 500 mm f/8

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