2nd Lens for Nikon D50.

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by JayD, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. JayD

    JayD Guest

    Just bought a D50 with the 18 - 55.
    What's a good second lens for this camera?
    I've heard the Nikon 70 - 300 G, while "plasticy", is still pretty good
    optically, but I'm more interested in good AF speed, as I plan to shoot
    alot of the kid's soccer/baseball games.
    Is there a decent mid range tele zoom (Nikon or other) I could get for
    $400 or less ?
    JayD, Mar 13, 2006
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  2. 70-300 f/4-5.6 ED (notice the *ED*)

    I believe it goes for $300 or so.

    However, this one's not fast -- for sports photos, you might want to
    go with the fixed-length 180 f/2.8 ED IF -- it's Internal Focus, which
    presumably means it has faster AF; the thing is, it goes for around
    $700, so it may not be an option if your budget is strict.

    Given the 1.5X focal length factor and the great cropping capability
    (equivalent to additional zooming capability) that a 3000x2000 gives
    you, maybe you could look into the 105 or 135mm with good aperture
    (i.e., 2.8 or even less). Not sure if there are lenses in that class
    going for $400 or less. Or even, 85mm f/1.8 -- now *that* is fast;
    and the quality of that lens is impeccable; again, given the great
    zooming capability that you have, even this one, the 85mm, could be
    an interesting option.


    Carlos Moreno, Mar 13, 2006
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  3. JayD

    Richard H. Guest

    It's "fast" enough for outdoor use and the auto-focus is quick enough to
    do fast action. I've been happy with this lens for a couple years, and
    it's probably one of the cheapest ED Nikon lenses out there.

    That said, I'd give up the 300mm range in exchange for VR and f2.8 -
    70-200 all for a mere $1600. :)

    Richard H., Mar 14, 2006
  4. I'll second this thought. I love my 70-300 ED.
    No, it's not quite as fast as other lenses out
    there, but for around $300, you really can't beat
    it with a stick. I doubt you'd be unhappy with
    the purchase.
    Brandon Dieterich, Mar 15, 2006
  5. JayD

    Romeo Raabe Guest

    I bought a used 28-300 sigma lens for my D50 and have been super happy
    with it. Just went camping in St John USVI with a friend who just
    retired after 35 years as a photographer who used my camera and on our
    shopping day to St. Thomas bought one for his D50. You can get them
    used on ebay for less than $200
    Romeo Raabe, Mar 19, 2006
  6. JayD

    Abee Guest

    Does your lens come with Image Stabilizer features?
    Abee, Apr 9, 2006
  7. The 24-200mm Tokina is a good choice too, if you want that little bit extra
    wide angle! They're going cheap on eBay as well.
    Nigel Cummings, Apr 9, 2006
  8. Thus far, the only Sigma lens that has image stabilization - Sigma refers to
    it as OS (Optical Stabilizer)- is the 80-400mm EX.
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Apr 10, 2006
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