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nuttbecky
01-31-2006, 08:32 PM
We bought a nikon d50 with an 18-55mm lens, and want to purchases the dx nikkor 55-200mm lens that all the reviews and sites say work together. How do these mount. Yes, silly question, but does it require an adapter? We can't find anything in the documentation that says it, and if we place our order we want to order everything we need.

Thank you.

kanderson42
01-31-2006, 09:43 PM
the 55-200 has exactly the same mount so it fits the camera just like the the 18-55

ktixx
01-31-2006, 09:44 PM
Anything that is an "F mount", and is made by Nikon (ie: Nikkor) will fit your camera. In addition, anything not made by Nikon (ie: Sigma, Tamron, Tokina etc. etc.) that is a Nikon F-mount will fit your camera. You may also want to consider the Nikkor 18-200 VR lens. It is significantly more expensive (almost 4x the price of the 55-200) but the quality (better than the kit lens and the 55-200), the range and the Vibration Reduction is well worth it. As a final note, I would suggest reading your manual cover to cover, and also investing in a Short Course in the D50 (http://www.shortcourses.com/bookstore/nikon/book_nikond50.htm)
Good Luck
Ken

nuttbecky
01-31-2006, 10:02 PM
I really apprecaite the link....but I don't think I wrote my question right.

The Nikon says the two lens (18-55) and (55-200) mount together to total like 300mm. IS there something required to mount the two together?

ktixx
01-31-2006, 10:15 PM
I really apprecaite the link....but I don't think I wrote my question right.

The Nikon says the two lens (18-55) and (55-200) mount together to total like 300mm. IS there something required to mount the two together?
I don't know where you read that, but It isn't possible to mount both of those together, what I think you read was that the 55-200mm lens is the equivalent of a 82.5mm - 300mm because of the 1.5x crop factor.
Ken

K1W1
02-01-2006, 12:32 AM
Not even Nikon can make 55 plus 200 equal 300.

beachluvr
02-01-2006, 01:19 AM
As is true with most major brands that use legacy mounts, "most" lenses will fit the mount but not all lenses will be fully compatible with newer digital SLRs in terms of the electronics. The D50 is a wonderful camera and it will work with most recent digital Nikon mount lenses. Not necessarily true that "anything" with an F-mount will give you all the features of the D50 or D70 bodies. "Fit" doesn't always mean it will work to 100% expectations. Nikon's website will give you all the details about compatiblity.

coldrain
02-01-2006, 01:50 AM
The Nikon Nikkor 55-200 DX is not exactly a good lens, nuttbecky. It is a very nice lens at the 55mm end, but to the 200mm end it loses a lot of contrast, and it gets to be a lot less sharp. You could do better by choosing a different lens to accompany your 18-55 lens.

A better idea may be to get a Sigma 70-300 APO DG, it will not lose so much image quality in the longer end, it will give you a bigger macro range, and it will give you a 1:2 macro mode.

What the sites that you mention mean, is that with the 18-55 and 55-200, you get a range from 18 x 1.5= 27 to 200 x 1.5 = 300, but you do have to exchange lenses.

K1W1
02-01-2006, 02:01 AM
The Nikon Nikkor 55-200 DX is not exactly a good lens, nuttbecky. It is a very nice lens at the 55mm end, but to the 200mm end it loses a lot of contrast, and it gets to be a lot less sharp. You could do better by choosing a different lens to accompany your 18-55 lens.

I'm just curious. What experience do YOU have with this lens? Are you talking from your exeperience or just repeating what you have read on the Internet?

ktixx
02-01-2006, 07:37 AM
I'm just curious. What experience do YOU have with this lens? Are you talking from your exeperience or just repeating what you have read on the Internet?
The lens costs $200, how good can it be? That doesn't mean that it isn't a nice lens and I am sure that it takes some good pictures, but unfortunately in todays world you get what you pay for and there are always sacrifices. If that $200 lens had phenomenal contrast and edge sharpness at 200mm then there would be no reason to people to buy the higher end products that Nikkor offers. Coldrain never said it was a terrible lens, he just said it isn't as contrasty at 200mm and she may want to consider something else...
As a note - I have canon equipment and have never touched the 55-200 lens..
Ken

coldrain
02-01-2006, 08:29 AM
I'm just curious. What experience do YOU have with this lens? Are you talking from your exeperience or just repeating what you have read on the Internet?
Do I need to have driven a ferrari to know it is a fast car? What is the reason for your question?

Of course I have no experience with a Nikon DX lens, and you know that already. Does that mean I can have no knowledge about it? No.

"The 'small' telezoom from Nikon can, at short focal lenght, presuade. But contrast goes down in the longer focal range deminishes, what prohibits a recommendation. The contrast fall-off shows especially in the corners at 200mm. Very noticable is also the vignetting with open aperture over the whole focal range with values of 1.1 to 1.3 f-stops."

at 55mm: 972/1062(stopped down 2 f-stops) line pairs per image height
at 200mm: 935/946(stopped down 2 f-stops) line pairs per image height

Source: ColorFoto

kanderson42
02-02-2006, 10:37 PM
stop arguing about pointless crap and go make pictures with what you have

beachluvr
02-02-2006, 11:35 PM
stop arguing about pointless crap and go make pictures with what you have

Ah, and isn't making pictures what's its all about?