Buying D80, but what lens to purchase?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by MB, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. MB

    MB Guest

    Have decided to get the Nikon D80, but am unsure as to which lens is the
    best for my needs. I'd like some input from folks familiar with this
    camera.

    I have these lenses I use with my N60 film camera and hope to use them with
    the D80: Two Sigma lenses (28-105 and 100-300) are the ones I'm concerned
    about the compatibility. They were purchased new back in 1999 and are in
    great shape, but I don't have an opportunity to test them on the camera. If
    these are decent enough to use, which new lens should I get?

    I have been wavering between the 18-135 or getting the 18-55VR. I have a 50
    and I know that one will be just fine to use.

    Thanks :)
     
    MB, Mar 8, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    You don't say what kind of shooting you like but if those lenses are
    alright, I would look at a Tokina 12-24 to cover the new 'digital' wide
    angle range. The Nikon version is just barely better.
     
    Paul Furman, Mar 8, 2008
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  3. MB

    Guest Guest

    if they're autofocus lenses they'll more than likely work. keep in
    mind that they'll be equivalent to 42-157 and 150-450. however, being
    sigma, there's a chance that there might be a glitch (it's very common
    with the canon mount).
    any of the kit lenses are a good choice. there's also a new 16-85vr
    that is a little wider than the 18-xx kit lenses.
     
    Guest, Mar 8, 2008
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  4. MB

    me Guest

    Agreed on the Tokina. The Nikon is an AF-S, the Tokina is an AF lens using
    the screw drive of the camera body. It is significantly less expensive than
    the Nikon. Given that I chose the Tokina to round out my lens collection.

    http://edwardgruf.com/Digital_Photography/dSLR/misc/slides/DSC_1225-02_800.html
    http://edwardgruf.com/Digital_Photography/dSLR/misc/slides/DSC_2216-01_800.html

    Show a couple of examples.
     
    me, Mar 8, 2008
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    Focus Guest

    Get the 18-135: it's the best in it's class. I bought instead of the 18-70
    or 18-200 VR.
    It's amazingly sharp over the whole length. Only some other issues that can
    easely be adjusted with software, like vignetting.
    I wouldn't want to exchange it even for a more expensive lens.
    See a test on slrgear.com
     
    Focus, Mar 8, 2008
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    TH O Guest

    There is also the Sigma 10-20 which is pretty well regarded versus the
    Nikon and Tokina, plus it gives an extra 2mm which is pretty significant
    when you compare it to 12mm.
     
    TH O, Mar 9, 2008
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    The Nikon 24-120mm VR lens. On the D80 it will focus about as fast as
    you depress the shutter, greatly reduce loss of images due to camera
    shake and it is an ED (extra dispersion) Nikon lens for crisp, clear,
    excellent color & extremely close focus capability. Probably handle
    90% of most general camera work. If you need the stretch the Nikon
    70-300mmVR top notch moderately priced lens. Either one will far
    surpass what you are
    using now.
    regular
     
    Frank Arthur, Mar 9, 2008
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  8. Exactly my setup (+ the SB600), exactly my thoughts on the matter.
    Tremendous conbination.
     
    G Paleologopoulos, Mar 9, 2008
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  9. MB

    Frank Arthur Guest

    Yes G Paleologopoulos I also have the SB600 too. You must be a genius!
     
    Frank Arthur, Mar 10, 2008
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