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  1. #1
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    D300 lenses recommendations please?

    Hi guys,

    I am planning to upgrade from my D40 to my D300, and my budget is about US$ 2500 (but of course I prefer to keep it as low as possible).

    Out of the above budget, $1320 will already be gone for the D300 body itself, and the rest of the money will go for:
    a. a spare battery
    b. a CF card
    c. a CF card reader
    d. (probably filters)

    and the rest go to lenses......I am thinking of getting these:
    a. 18-200mm VR
    b. 50mm 1.8
    c. 35mm 1.8

    Do you think my choices of lenses are good? You may wonder what I like to shoot....well the answer is simple: I like to shoot anything, and I have no specific preference.

    I want the 18-200 because it covers such a broad range of focal lengths, so it's convenient for me, since then I won't have to switch lenses too often (just to keep the D300 sensor clean).

    I'm slightly concerned about the 18-200 though....I heard it's a little on the soft side? Is that true?
    And I am interested in the 50mm and 35mm since I heard they are really sharp.

    I wish I could also get the 24-70 and 17-55, but I think they are really expensive and are outside my budget for now.

    Are third party brands (like Tokina, Tamron, Sigma, etc) of good qualities? What are the best amongst those 3?

    I heard that the fact that they're not made by Nikon, they can cause problems with the onboard circuits within the camera, due to incompatibilities. What do you think?

    I know that a lot of people praise the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, but if you have similar alternatives, please feel free to suggest.

    Thank you kindly for reading! =)

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    I wouldn't go the "all in one" lens route. I think taking 2 lenses to cover that range will provide you with much better results. A prime would also be nice as would a flash. Sigma, Tamron and Tokina all have some lenses that are good, but you should judge them from lens to lens, not just the brand as a whole.
    Lukas

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  3. #3
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    I'd go 16-85mm VR and 70-300mm VR, plus a prime of your favorite focal length, a la Dread Pirate Roberts.

  4. #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by raven15 View Post
    I'd go 16-85mm VR and 70-300mm VR, plus a prime of your favorite focal length, a la Dread Pirate Roberts.
    How does the 16-85 compare with the 17-50 Tamron?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossanova View Post
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    I heard that the fact that they're not made by Nikon, they can cause problems with the onboard circuits within the camera, due to incompatibilities. What do you think?

    I know that a lot of people praise the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, but if you have similar alternatives, please feel free to suggest.

    Thank you kindly for reading! =)
    My Sigma 18-50 F/2.8 works like a gem giving me the sharpness that surprise a lot of people a lot of time. I have never heard of a 3rd party lens causing problem to a camera. Only very recently that I bought Nikkor 16-85 and it will be a tough competitor to the 18-50.

    18-200 suffers from lens creep; that's the main complaint I think.
    There is a list for you to choose from. In order of my personal preference:
    Nikkor 16-85 VR
    Nikkor 18-105 VR (inexpensive but a very good lens)
    Nikkor 18-200 VR
    Sigma 18-200 OS.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossanova View Post
    How does the 16-85 compare with the 17-50 Tamron?
    Buy Tamron 17-50 only if you must have constant F/2.8; it's a good lens but personally I find 50 mm too short. The 16-85 receive very good reviews.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    The most important thing to consider before purchasing lenses is what do you plan to shoot? What are your needs? I know you say you have nothing specific, but youre just wasting money until you figure that out! I could suggest the Nikon 17-55 F2.8 but you may need something longer, like the Nikon 70-200VR 2.8. Or you may not need a constant 2.8 lens at all... it really depends what you need. Figure that out first before you take any suggestions on what to look at!
    Jason

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    A bunch of Nikon stuff!

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    I agree with Jason.
    My list was based on Bossanova's suggestion for the Nikkor 18-200....and for broad focal range. There is no need to buy all lenses at once. Just buy one first if you haven't decided what kind of shooting you will do.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim11 View Post
    I agree with Jason.
    There is no need to buy all lenses at once. Just buy one first if you haven't decided what kind of shooting you will do.
    +1
    Even at that, there has been no mention of the lens you currently have with the D40. Presume the 18-55 (and possibly the 22-200). They would certainly work just fine on the D300, and argueable better than the all-in-one 18--200.

    Are you planning on keeping the D40 as a second back-up or getting rid of it.
    Digital: Nikon D40; Nikon D90; Nikon D7000 Nikkor 18-55; Nikkor 55-200VR; Sigma 10-20; Tamron 17-50; SB-600; SB-900; Pocket Wizards
    Film: Canon AE-1; T70; FD 28mm 2.8; FD 50mm 1.8; FD 135mm 3.5
    Wish List: Unlimited! Let's not go there.

  10. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by tizeye View Post
    +1
    Even at that, there has been no mention of the lens you currently have with the D40. Presume the 18-55 (and possibly the 22-200). They would certainly work just fine on the D300, and argueable better than the all-in-one 18--200.

    Are you planning on keeping the D40 as a second back-up or getting rid of it.
    Woops! Yes, I got the 18-55, 55-200 VR, and an SB-800 speedlight. I'm planning to keep the D40 as a second backup.

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