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  1. #1
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    New D50, please help!

    Hi all!

    I'm new to the Forum as a member, but i have been lurking for several weeks. Very helpful btw.

    I have a couple of opinion questions. I have been reading review after review and i think i have scrambled my brain!

    Ok... my wife bought me the d50 and a Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 LD aspherical macro Di II lens from Ritz camera.

    Now I will be using this Strictly recreational.. landscapes/sports (kids). Maybe framing some decent pics, but nothing more than 8x10's (probably). BUT, after reading the reviews of all the lenses out there, i'm wondering if i should return the tamron and either purchase the 18-200mm VR lens OR go with a dual 18-70 (not sure of what kind) and the nikon 70-300mm VR OR should i keep the tamron and purchase a 55 (or so) mm macro with f/2.8 lens?

    should i REALLY be concerned with the f/3.5-6.3? i do like taking night/dusk shots

    Also I like the D80, but for me it really is only about the 10megapixels vs the 6 in the D50..should i think about the "future", and upgrade ?

    sorry for all the questions. but i only have 15 days to return for upgrades.

    thanks for any help!
    Last edited by scdiablo; 12-26-2006 at 03:05 PM.

  2. #2
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    Do you own a monopod, a tripod, or a flash yet?

    If you plan to hand hold and take photos at dawn or dusk, slower glass may present a problem. The same if your plan is to take photos of action/sports in low-level lighting.

    I purchased the D50, then I checked out both the D80 and the D200. I went with the D200 because it "felt" better to me and since I didn't believe I needed the many in-camera processing features of the D80--I simply believed that I would do such processing on a computer screen over a camera monitor screen. I also wanted the faster speed that was offered by the D200.

    In retrospect, the D50 was a good camera to learn with, yet it still allowed me to put more money into lenses that could still be used on another body to be purchased later. After all, F/2.8 glass is expensive if that is where you are headed.
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  3. #3
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    Thanks for the quick response.

    I do not own a flash or -pod, although i will be purchasing those soon.

    how much faster is a 5.6 vs 6.3 at 200mm?

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    Put another way: I couldn't really use my 70-300mm F/4-5.6 for the type of low-level lighting action photos I was taking most of the time since the lens wouldn't focus or took to long to focus. However, on a bright day, the lens worked fine.
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  5. #5
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    Got it!

    I am reading the lens buyers guide right now...very informative!

    thanks again

  6. #6
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    the 18-200 tamron is good but nowhere near as good as the 18-200 nikon according to mr ken.
    and yes if are doing alot of night pictures youll either
    A-need a good tripod
    b-a super fast lens
    or C-a super stable hand!
    keep the d50 and send money on glass. when you feel like doing a real upgrade go to d200, if big prints is an issue i print off 11x14 wirh my d50 with cropped editing and such and they are perfect.
    sony A300
    tamron 17-50 2.8
    Sony SAL 11-18
    Sony 35 1.8

  7. #7
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    OK, after doing a ton of reading...eyes are burning!

    i am thinking of giving up the tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 and getting 2 lenses.

    1. tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
    2. Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 ED AF-D


    any opinions?? The one thing i am concerned with: if i'll notice not having something in the 18mm range, but since i'm new to this i'm not sure i will.

  8. #8
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    you will want something in the 18mm range trust me.
    buy the nikon 50mm f1.8 also cuz its a 100 bucks and sweet.
    sony A300
    tamron 17-50 2.8
    Sony SAL 11-18
    Sony 35 1.8

  9. #9
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    Smile

    I'm LMAO right now!

    I was just reading a review on the 50mm f/1.8 and have committed myself to at least that lens

    Now at least i know one!

    what is killing me: i know the lens my wife bought is about $389-400 and i would be willing to spend about $ 800 for either 1 "all-in-one" or 2 lenses, not counting the 50mm thats a gimme right now. I would hate to settle for the tamron and 8 months down the road realize it's OK, and then i'll want to buy a new lens because i'm not happy with the one she spent $400 on.

    how about a suggestion for an 18-75 (ish lens)?? then i'll get the 80-200mm nikon with an f/2.8 and the 50mm f/1.8

    I'll be making a decision by thursday, Soooooo.. i'm taking the kids out to the park with their scooters and having a "photoday" with the tamron hopefully by tonight i'll know if i suck so bad at taking photos, i need a lens for dummies lesson, LOL!

    thanks

  10. #10
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    yeah the 50mm 1.8 is a must. I take alot of pictures of models, girls and such and i use this lens. stop it down to 1.8 and man you will be so amazed and glad you purchased it!
    consider the 18-55 kit lens that is packaged with d50, it is an awesomoe lens and i think you can get it quite cheap!
    -also once i get home form work ill show you a picture i took today with the the 50mm and the 18-55 kit lens at the 18mm point.
    but if i were you i would get the
    1. tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)-as you listed.
    and if you need an 18-200 lens i would honestly go for the 750 nikon, ken rockwell says its his favorite lens and what ken rockwell says goes!
    sony A300
    tamron 17-50 2.8
    Sony SAL 11-18
    Sony 35 1.8

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