Need help in in choosing a zoom for aps-c format nikon dx

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Bob, May 21, 2008.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I have recently gone digital. any advice on a zoom lens
    the range I'm interested in is to 10mm and up to maybe 80mm
    I'm also open to suggestions of 3rd party lens

    Bob, May 21, 2008
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  2. Bob

    Guest Guest

    10-80mm is going to be more than one lens.

    the popular ultra-wides are the nikon 12-24, the tokina 12-24 and the
    sigma 10-20. combine that with any of the kit lenses (18-55, 18-55vr,
    18-70, 18-135, 18-200vr) and you have a nice combo.

    the new nikon 16-85vr is a little wider than the usual kit lenses but
    not quite as wide as you want, however, it might suffice if having only
    one lens is important.
    Guest, May 21, 2008
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  3. Bob

    Bob Guest

    the 10-80 was just a ball park. 16-85 will do or even 12- 50 I'm new to the
    dx format . and not sure whats a decent lens.
    Bob, May 22, 2008
  4. Take a very careful look at the 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
    AFS lense. It is one of the best consumer lenses that
    Nikon makes, and is a nice "walk around" lense for a DX
    format camera. (Oddly enough, for the FX format the
    28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D AF is just about an exact
    replacement, and comes equally recommended.)

    The 18-70mm is the least expensive decent lense
    available in that range. It is not as fast as some
    lenses, and does not have VR, but it is optically
    excellent, and has nice bokeh. It covers the most often
    used range of focal lengths for most photographers.

    If you don't need extreme wide angle, the 16-85mm or the
    18-70mm would be the two to choose from, and the choice
    basically comes down to how much money you want to spend
    on features other than optical performance.
    Floyd L. Davidson, May 22, 2008
  5. Bob

    JT's Ghost Guest

    3 lenses listed on the above 18-70mm from $254.95 USD to $329.95 USD.
    You might actually find a used lens cheaper, the lower price is listed
    as a B+H demo model.

    In a Google search for the 16-85mm, I find a Price Range of: $584.95 -
    $789.00 USD from 17 Sellers.

    I'm curious as to which model Nikon the OP has, that he wishes to use
    either of these lenses on?

    - JT
    has the 18-70mm (kit lens for my D70).
    JT's Ghost, May 22, 2008
  6. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I had a look at the 16-85 today just to judge if its one to "walk around"
    I will prob need a standard lens such as the 35mm AFD F2.0 I know this one
    has been reputed to have oil on diaphraphm probs in the past. As I feel this
    may be the better walk around lens to complement the 16-85
    maximum money I have to spend is £600 GB , for all my lens. . body is D300.
    Are Sigma Tokina any good

    lenes I have are

    all full frame and nikon
    *= most used -=least used
    - 16mm fisheye afd ( which i may sell)
    24mm afd f2.8
    50mm ais F1.8
    * 60mm micro afd f2.8
    - 135mm ais f3.5
    180mm afd F2.8 (amazing)
    80-200 afd F4.5 ( easy to carry)
    * 35-105 afd f3.5
    Bob, May 22, 2008
  7. I find I never use my 135mm any more either. Sigma glass can be OK but
    the construction is iffy and quality control is rubbish. The Tokina
    company was started by some Nikon people who thought they could do as
    good a job for less, and they do quite well.

    Mark P. Nelson, May 22, 2008
  8. Bob

    adm Guest

    Did you look at the Nikon 18-200 DX VR "superzoom"? It's a great walk
    around lens and can be had for under £400 easily.
    adm, May 22, 2008
  9. Too slow for my purposes.

    Mark P. Nelson, May 22, 2008
  10. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I'll have a look this bank holiday .
    also at 3rd party offerings
    Bob, May 23, 2008
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