View Full Version : help with DSLR lenses

07-23-2007, 02:05 AM
im new to the photography world and i'm trying to get into it (as a hobby) and i just bought a Nikon D80 (w/ the 18-135mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 DX Zoom-Nikkor lens) and im looking between these 2 lenses:



the thing is i don't have a tripod (yet:D) so im thinking of getting the Nikkor 55-200mm VR lens, but budget-wise im looking at the Quantaray lens (but farther zoom).

pls help the noobzter decide, thx in advance!;)

07-23-2007, 04:33 AM
Since you have the range to 135 covered, adding a 55-200 is not going to
add much more range, so much will be redundant.

I could not tell what Quantaray is pictured, but would suggest
Nikons 70-300 vr if you need the additional range, or if that is too
pricey then the Sigma 70-300 apo is great lens for the money.

Quantaray lenses are not known for their quality and should be avoided.

07-23-2007, 04:47 AM
I have never heard a good word about Quantaray lenses.
You have 18-135 covered so far and that is a fairly reasonable all round range. My serious suggestion is not to buy or even look at more lenses for at least a couple of months. Go out and take lots and lots of photos of things you like and then look at the photos a decide what you like to photograph (sounds silly but think about it).
You may find that you need a big wide angle, or a macro lens, or a portrait lens or a huge tele zoom for birds or sports. There are all sorts of possibilities but one thing is for sure, if you buy a lens now without really spending much time shooting you will need another new lens soon to fill some need you did not know you had.
Patience is a virtue in this case AND it will save you a lot of money.

07-23-2007, 05:14 AM
Hmm, you have 18-135mm already. 55-200 does not add all that much.

What is the reason you are looking for a new lens? More tele reach? Then that 55-200 really does not seem to be worthwhile as 2nd lens.
A Sigma 70-300 APO DG macro ($220) seems a better option, since it will give you an extra 136-300mm, instead of just 136-200mm. And it offers an 1:2 macro mode.

You mention tripod/VR, what are you planning to use the lens for? A relativily cheap monopod may be a good idea.