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rawpaw18
12-27-2005, 03:10 PM
I'm purchasing a D50. That decision was easier than the lenses.
I mostly will take pictures of my kids indoors; candids, indoor sports
and other programs. Lighting could be an issue. Flash to come later.
I'm just purchasing the body and 2 lenses for now to get started:
NIKON 50 1.8 D AF
TAMRON SP AF 28/75 2.8 XR DI LD
These are at the top end of my self imposed budget combined.
I really value your opinions, I find the information on this site very
professional and helpful.
Thanks Rich

K1W1
12-27-2005, 03:19 PM
Everybody loves the Nikkor 50mm 1.8. You should find that perfect for the indoor kids shots.
Personally I would have gone for the 18 -55 kits lens rather than the Tamron on the basis that I use the 18 - 40 range more than the longer end. Your mileage may vary but you may find that the lens is not wide enough (it's effectively a 42 mm with the 1.5x crop factor) at times but it will be good for your indoor sports shots.

Jason25
12-27-2005, 03:22 PM
I agree with K1W1 though, 28 isn't an ideal starting range for the D50. You might be better off with the 18-55 and the SB-600 (about the same price together as the Tamron). The SB-600 is a great flash, and the kit lens should honestly be sufficient for what you're shooting (except the indoor sports, which requires much more money than anything mentioned in this thread).

rawpaw18
12-27-2005, 04:21 PM
I have yet to purchase anything. Your input is important to me
and it will help me consider the pros and cons before I regret it.
I appreciate your fast response. You guys are Great!
Rich

Jason25
12-27-2005, 04:29 PM
No problem, glad to help :) Definitely a good choice getting the 50 1.8 though, it's a fantastic lens. I'm amazed by how tack sharp it gets! It's especially good for indoor shots. It really helps me capture my 1 year old :) If you can get close enough to the action, the 50 1.8 will also work for indoor sports.

rawpaw18
12-27-2005, 08:44 PM
May I trouble you guys one more time?
Nikon 18-70 3.5/4.5 or Sigma 18-50 2.8 instead of the Tamron 28-75.

I read the sticky on the Sigma here, but not a whole lot on the Nikon
which I believe is the kit lens for the D70s.

The kids indoor soccer games are probably the trickiest to capture due to lighting and speed.

Thanks again, Rich

jcon
12-27-2005, 10:09 PM
If your looking for a lens for the indoor soccer, youll probably need the 2.8.

K1W1
12-27-2005, 10:38 PM
The Nikon 18-70 is another lens that most people like. It's quite a bit better than the 18-55 plus has that bit more reach.
You may find that for the indoor soccer you would need to use ISO1600 to get any sort of fast shutter response.
Why not just start with the 50mm and try that at the soccer to see how the reach is and what shutter speeds you can get with various appertures. After you have taken some shots you can decide whether you need a faster or longer or both lens.

coldrain
12-28-2005, 03:13 AM
The Sigma f2.8 18-50mm DC EX seems to perform very well on Nikon. You will have a more lightsensitive and sharper lens than the 18-70 from Nikon, also with less distortion. You could try it in a shop to get a feel of it and see if you like it.

GeorgeP
12-28-2005, 03:54 AM
From what I have read in the reviews the Tamron 17-35 f2.8 seems to be a good choice as well, although it doesn't have the reach of the Sigma 18-50 or the Nikon 18-70. So you may consider that lens as well. Too many choices huh :)

coldrain
12-28-2005, 05:04 AM
From what I have read in the reviews the Tamron 17-35 f2.8 seems to be a good choice as well, although it doesn't have the reach of the Sigma 18-50 or the Nikon 18-70. So you may consider that lens as well. Too many choices huh :)
That Tamron indeed is a good lens too, but it actually is 17-35mm f2.8-4, not f2.8 over the full range.

GeorgeP
12-28-2005, 05:54 AM
That Tamron indeed is a good lens too, but it actually is 17-35mm f2.8-4, not f2.8 over the full range.

Indeed. Thanks for the clarification :rolleyes:

rawpaw18
12-28-2005, 08:48 PM
WHEW! My head is spinning, I believe I will start with the kit lens 18/55, I know it is not great but it only adds about $120 to the cost of the body and its a place to start. I will get the 50 1.8 also. I'll have to decide later just what exactly I want from a lens before I spend any real money. I will need advice again when I upgrade to that/those lens(es) after I get my feet wet. You all have been very helpful.

K1W1
12-28-2005, 11:03 PM
I think you have made the right choice. You have a great lens for your indoor portrait shots (50mm 1.8) plus a versatile lens to allow you to discover what your outdoor and sports shooting will really require.

Esoterra
12-29-2005, 03:12 PM
I have the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 and have used it a lot. The lens is fabulous and the results can be very pleasing when using the camera correctly. Having used this lens, I find myself really wanting a wide angle prime (24mm) because with the lcf your 50mm is really a 75mm- good for portraits, and if you are sitting in the bleachers or far enough away its great, however I do find that when I am in small enclosures taking pictures of the kids, I do have a hard time framing the picture. Just a thought- it might be something you look for down the road. Either way, you won't go wrong with the Nikkor 50mm 1.8. It's fast, light, and takes great pics.

D70FAN
12-29-2005, 03:39 PM
I have the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 and have used it a lot. The lens is fabulous and the results can be very pleasing when using the camera correctly. Having used this lens, I find myself really wanting a wide angle prime (24mm) because with the lcf your 50mm is really a 75mm- good for portraits, and if you are sitting in the bleachers or far enough away its great, however I do find that when I am in small enclosures taking pictures of the kids, I do have a hard time framing the picture. Just a thought- it might be something you look for down the road. Either way, you won't go wrong with the Nikkor 50mm 1.8. It's fast, light, and takes great pics.

You are sounding like a candidate for the 35mm f/2.;)

clsward
12-30-2005, 03:40 AM
I have the same dilemma. I have bought the 50mm f1.8 and after a lot of research I have decided on the Tamron 17-35mm.

After this purchase I will be saving for the Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 as in the telephoto zoom there's nothing optically as fast or as good quuality for less than 500 (Ebay Price). This will be months down the line though.

I will not miss the 35-49mm and 51-79mm that this set up does not cover. All these lenses have excellent reviews and along with my Manfrotto 055PROB Triopod and SB600 flash I should then be fully kitted out, O Filters, damn this hobby is expensive.

rawpaw18
12-30-2005, 04:14 AM
I was thinking the same thing "$$$" and I have NEVER taken a shot with a
slr of any kind. Well the deed is done, much to my wife's dismay. I just oredered this morning : Nikon D50 Body
Nikon 50mm 1.8 prime
Nikon 18-70mm (d70's kit lens)
Wish me luck on winning her over. I haven't told her about all the future purchases.
I'll let you know about my experience with B&h on my purchase.
I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions next week.

K1W1
12-30-2005, 05:08 AM
The first decent shot of the kids printed at 8x10 will sort out your wifes reservations.
It won't take long to get that shot either.

Esoterra
12-30-2005, 11:36 AM
...and B&H is a good place to buy from too. Anything I have ever ordered there was competitivley priced, fast arriving, and problem free.

eduardofrances
01-09-2006, 01:13 PM
No problem, glad to help :) Definitely a good choice getting the 50 1.8 though, it's a fantastic lens. I'm amazed by how tack sharp it gets! It's especially good for indoor shots. It really helps me capture my 1 year old :) If you can get close enough to the action, the 50 1.8 will also work for indoor sports.
that is very useful :) I have two little brothers (4 and 2 years old) and I was searching for a lens to capture those beautiful moments kids have :) how about grown up outdoor portraits? I am kind of newbie I have only used zoom lenses and when it comes to standard lenses I know nothing :p

rawpaw18
01-09-2006, 03:27 PM
EDUARDOFRANCES

I have had this lens on my D50 for a week now and love it. It's
so sharp it got me into trouble. After taking a photo of my wife
I blew it up to show her how I could actually count the pores on her nose.
Although she was impressed with sharpness, that night I slept with my
D50 on the couch.:D
I also got the Nikon 18-70mm and have been very pleased as well.

goletitout
01-10-2006, 09:12 AM
@George: Why not buy the 24mm f2.8 AF(-D)Nikkor prime lens ? I also have the 50mm 1.8 and I think the 35 f2.0 would be too few of a difference in focal length...not wide enough. I just hope the 24mm Ive ordered will be great.

What do you all think about the 24mm AF-D Nikkor prime ?