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  1. #1
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    confused on buying a new lens for my D5100

    hi..
    I am havin a Nkon d5100 with 18-55 AF-S DX Nikkor lens. But i wish to buy a new lense witha longer range. But im confused whether i should take a AF lense which is less cheaper or should i wait to collect more money and buy a AF-S DX lens...

    please give me an opinion on this..

  2. #2
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    You can pick up the DX 55-200 AF-S lens with VR for a tiny amount of money these days. Only around US$200. It's a very underrated lens and would compliment the 18-55 and D5100 fairly well.

  3. #3
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    You do need an AF-S lens if you want autofocus. This means the Nikkor AF 70-210mm f/4, Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED and Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR D will not autofocus on the Nikon D5100.

    +1 for k1W1's AF-S 55-200 suggestion if you don't have a large budget.
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    I absolutely agree with K1W1. I have a 55-200 VR and it is the working mans/womans 70-200 f/2.8 with about 1/3 the weight.

    A great lens that I love to use. Very sharp with good contrast, and the VR actually works. A great compliment to your 18-55.
    Last edited by D70FAN; 01-16-2013 at 08:17 AM.
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  5. #5
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    so thanks guys but since im in India even a 55-200 wuld cost me a lil... and thats y i ws wonderin on the option of AF lens instead of AF-S.
    By the way focusing without Autofocus is gonna be very tough or not???

  6. #6
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    What lens do you currently have? You should be able to set it on manual focus-do this and try to take quick pictures and you will know if you are able to handle manual focus. I generally can't unless I'm given at least several seconds AND if the the photo target is not moving. Difficult to manually focus indoors at times as well.

    Another thing, when we say AF-S 55-200, it has to be the VR version. The non-VR version of the AF-S 55-200 is not a very good lens. Why Nikon keeps offering the non-VR and VR versions of the same lens, I'm not sure.
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  7. #7
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    im using a Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (3.0x) Lens.....yeah i will have to definitely try manual focus..then i may get a clear answer..

  8. #8
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    Arun,

    Lest we forget... welcome to the Nikon boards. Being from Coimbatore you should have a many interesting images to share as you start breaking in that new DSLR, and we will be looking for them on the picture-of-the-day forum. The folks here are always happy to help.
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    You should NOT buy a telephoto lens that does not autofocus. it ill be frustrating, slow and you won't use it.
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    You could also look for lenses from Sigma or Tamron that are offered with the AF motor. These are often at better prices than the Nikon branded ones, at least in the US, don't know about India. Manual focus these days is very frustrating, unlike the old days when my eyes were good. Hope to see some good pics soon.
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