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  1. #1
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    First non-kit lens for D40

    I purchased a D40 yesterday and am already anxious to buy more lenses. For now, most of my pictures will be taken of my children indoors because I live in an unreasonably cold state. We are avid campers and hikers, though. We travel quite a bit in the warmer months. I would like lenses appropriate for landscapes and portraits. I would also like a zoom lens (maybe up to 200mm?). I realize I am limited to AF-S in order to auto-focus, but I am definitely not afraid of manual focus and would consider non-AF-S lenses. Unfortunately, I do have a budget. I would like to stay under $200 per lens for now.

    Any suggestions?
    "Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand." ~ Margaret Bourke-White

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  2. #2
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    Here is the list of the lenses the D40 currently supports. Thanks and credit goes to K1W1 via Nikonians....

    These are currently your only choices (thanks to Nikonians for the list)
    Nikkor:

    AF-S DX 12-24mm 4.0G ED-IF

    AF-S 17-35mm 2.8D ED-IF

    AF-S DX 17-55mm 2.8G ED-IF

    AF-S DX 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G

    AF-S DX 18-70mm 3.5-4.5G ED-IF

    AF-S DX 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 ED-IF

    AF-S VR DX 18-200mm 3.5-5.6G IF-ED

    AF-S VR 24-120mm 3.5-5.6G ED-IF

    AF-S DX 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED

    AF-S VR 70-200mm 2.8G ED-IF

    AF-S VR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6G

    AF-S VR 105mm 2.8G

    AF-S VR 200mm 2.0G ED-IF

    AF-S VR 200-400mm 4.0G ED-IF

    AF-S 300mm 4.0D ED-IF

    AF-S VR 300mm 2.8 ED-IF

    AF-S II 400mm 2.8D ED-IF

    AF-S II 500mm 4.0D ED-IF

    AF-S II 600mm 4.0D ED-IF


    Sigma:

    10-20mm 4-5.6 EX DC HSM

    12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM

    14mm 2.8 EX

    17-35mm 2.8-4.0 EX DG

    30mm 1.4 DC

    50-500mm 4.0-6.3 EX DG

    50-150mm 2.8 EX DC HSM

    80-200mm 2.8 EX DG Makro

    100-300mm 4.0 EX DG

    120-300mm 2.8 EX DG

    150mm 2.8 EX DG MAKRO

    180mm 3.5 EX DG MAKRO

    300mm 2.8 EX DG APO HSM

    300-800mm 5.6 EX DG APO

    500mm 4.5 EX DG HSM APO

    800mm 5.6 EX DG APO

    For landscapes, you will want something very wide, something like the 12-24mm. For portrait the 17-55 2.8(expensive) would be your best bet. your budget of $200 per lens is asking alot. Maybe you could put it all together and get one very good lens for now? Many here swear by the Nikon 18-200 VR, I have not used it but the ones that have say its a great all in one lens. I suggest going to PBase.com and looking at different lenses and the photos taken with those lenses and decide which would better suit your needs.

    Minnesota isnt as cold as Wisconsin but its been a very "warm" winter thus far
    Jason

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  3. #3
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    Thanks for the list! I might have to increase my budget.

    I was in Virginia last week with temperatures in the upper 60s. Coming home to an even warmer-than-average MN winter is just no fun! At least I have an excuse to stay inside and read the D40 manual.
    "Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand." ~ Margaret Bourke-White

    Nikon D80 ~ Tamron 28-75/2.8 ~ Nikon 50/1.8 ~ Tamron 90/2.8 Di Macro ~ SB-600

  4. #4
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    It's not likely that you will need a super wide-angle (12-24) for normal shooting. I recommend the Sigma 18-125 or Nikkor 18-135 for a good compact walk-around lens.
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  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Riehm View Post
    It's not likely that you will need a super wide-angle (12-24) for normal shooting. I recommend the Sigma 18-125 or Nikkor 18-135 for a good compact walk-around lens.
    The Sigma 18-125 won't work correctly with the D40 because it has a screw type focus mechanism. The only Sigmas that will work are the "HSM" lenses.

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Riehm View Post
    or Nikkor 18-135 for a good compact walk-around lens.
    Since the kit lens is 18-55mm, wouldn't I be better off getting the 55-200mm than the 18-135mm? (Still new to this)
    "Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand." ~ Margaret Bourke-White

    Nikon D80 ~ Tamron 28-75/2.8 ~ Nikon 50/1.8 ~ Tamron 90/2.8 Di Macro ~ SB-600

  7. #7
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    Advantages of 18-135
    * You only have one lens with greater reach and you sell the kit lens on ebay to offset the purchase.

    Advantages of 55-200
    * You get greater reach at the expense of having to carry two lenses have change from time to time.

    Personally if I were going the two lens route I would look at a 70-300 type lens (maybe the new 70-300VR Nikkor?). You really will not notice the "gap" between your 55mm kit lens and the 70mm start of the other lens but you will notice the extra reach to 300mm.

    My serious advice is to use your D40 as is for another couple of months and THEN to decide what sort of lenses you really need as opposed to what sort people like me say you should have. Who knows in 6 weeks time you may have become a macro freak or an extreme wide angle expert or a person who MUST have a 600mm telephoto at all times!
    Last edited by K1W1; 01-08-2007 at 01:27 AM.

  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kellie View Post
    Since the kit lens is 18-55mm, wouldn't I be better off getting the 55-200mm than the 18-135mm? (Still new to this)
    you're budget won;t allow you to really expand into a good zoom lens. imo, if you do alot of indoor shiooting, i'd be getting a sb600 flash. this will give you the best results, "bang for buck" imo.

    then if you're heart is set on a better lens, save some money and get a really good quality one.
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  9. #9
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    I thought it might be helpful to the D40 owners and future purchasers. I have listed prices for the lenses that their camera will be fully compatible with. Regular USD prices from well known NY supplier.

    These are currently your only choices (thanks to Nikonians for the list)
    Nikkor:

    AF-S DX 12-24mm 4.0G ED-IF $ 919.95

    AF-S 17-35mm 2.8D ED-IF $1499.95

    AF-S DX 17-55mm 2.8G ED-IF $1199.95

    AF-S DX 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G $ 169.95

    AF-S DX 18-70mm 3.5-4.5G ED-IF $ 309.95

    AF-S DX 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 ED-IF $ 399.95

    AF-S VR DX 18-200mm 3.5-5.6G IF-ED $ 749.95

    AF-S VR 24-120mm 3.5-5.6G ED-IF $ 514.95

    AF-S DX 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED $ 169.95

    AF-S VR 70-200mm 2.8G ED-IF $1614.95

    AF-S VR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6G $ 529.95

    AF-S VR 105mm 2.8G $ 829.95

    AF-S VR 200mm 2.0G ED-IF $3999.95

    AF-S VR 200-400mm 4.0G ED-IF $5099.95

    AF-S 300mm 4.0D ED-IF $1124.95

    AF-S VR 300mm 2.8 ED-IF $4499.00

    AF-S II 400mm 2.8D ED-IF $7299.95

    AF-S II 500mm 4.0D ED-IF $7199.95

    AF-S II 600mm 4.0D ED-IF $9079.95


    Sigma:

    10-20mm 4-5.6 EX DC HSM $ 499.00

    12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM $ 689.00

    14mm 2.8 EX $ 899.00

    17-35mm 2.8-4.0 EX DG $ 479.00

    30mm 1.4 DC $ 429.00

    50-500mm 4.0-6.3 EX DG $ 999.00

    50-150mm 2.8 EX DC HSM $ 679.00

    70-200mm 2.8 EX DG MACRO APO HSM $ 889.00

    100-300mm 4.0 EX DG $1099.00

    120-300mm 2.8 EX DG $2699.00

    150mm 2.8 EX DG MACRO $ 599.00

    180mm 3.5 EX DG MACRO $ 799.00

    300mm 2.8 EX DG APO HSM $2599.00

    300-800mm 5.6 EX DG APO $6999.00

    500mm 4.5 EX DG HSM APO $4199.00

    800mm 5.6 EX DG APO $6479.00
    - Rich

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  10. #10
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    I have the new 70-300mm VR by Nikkor and I like it so far, I haven't had a lot of time to play with it yet. I am new to the dSLR world as well, and just really getting back in to photography in general.


    I have not noticed any need for the gap between my kit 18-55 and the new lens starting at 70.

    It was around $540 for this lens from Ritz.com not sure what it is going for now, but I love the VR as I need all the help I can get for those zoom shots.

    Phil
    Nikon D50
    Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
    Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom
    Nikkor 50mm F/1.8
    Nikon SB-600 (New for Xmas '08)
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