New to DSLR - about to buy D50 - Which Lense?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Kevin Morgan, Dec 19, 2005.

  1. Kevin Morgan

    Kevin Morgan Guest

    Hi folks,

    I'm about to buy a Nikon D50. I'm new to DSLRs and have done a lot of
    research into which one to get - I've finally decided on the D50
    (Please don't try and put me off at this point!!).

    Question is, I'm trying to work out which lense to get. I'm likely to
    take mainly family - type shots, with a few landscapes, and some
    portraits of my daughter.

    The three I'm considering are:

    1. The standard kit 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED LENS
    2. The Nikon18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX LENS
    3. Tamron AF28-75mm f2.8 XR Di

    Your suggestions greatlfully received!


    Kevin Morgan, Dec 19, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    The second is faster & longer...
    Not wide angle enough. I started with a 28-200 & while I survived, it
    was really annoying to be unable to capture landscapes or architecture.
    Or group shots where you don't have room to back up. Vacation scenery...
    Unless you think you will spring for a 12-24 in the future.
    Paul Furman, Dec 19, 2005
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    Benwa Guest

    I have the 18-70 on my D70,and the 28-75 Tamron on my Canon 20D.Both are
    very good lenses.The Tamron works well in low light situations.The 18-55 is
    not near as good as either of these.I would also suggest the 70-200 2.8
    Tamron for your next lens,or the Sigma version.
    Benwa, Dec 19, 2005
  4. Kevin Morgan

    Benwa Guest

    There is always a compromise with lens choice.Your 28-200 is too broad of a
    range. Anything more than 3x is trying to get too much out of one lens. You
    will lose sharpness and speed. The lenses he listed are more in the range of
    most shots. Yes an extreme wide angle might be handy,it is not the first
    lens I would recommend!
    Benwa, Dec 19, 2005
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    phk Guest

    I just looked at a bunch of these options and decided on the 18-70 mm
    Nikon. It's versatile and an excellent value for the money and should
    be easy to sell on Ebay later if I decide I want better ones.
    phk, Dec 19, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Agreed, I didn't know what I wanted when I got that. If it was the new
    18-200 maybe though, I really missed the wide angle having that as my
    only lens.

    The lenses he listed are more in the range of
    18mm on digital is really useful though and not extreme. You won't get
    that on a typical pocket digital.
    Paul Furman, Dec 19, 2005
  7. I just received my D50 last week and the lens I ordered was the Tokina
    28-70mm f2.8 AT-X 287 AF PRO SV. Although I haven't obviously had a chance
    to use it mush since I just got it on Friday, I tested it a bit and it seems
    to be a good choice for me. Could I stand to have a wider lens? Sure, but
    for starters this seems to be a good choice for me. My preference would be
    a Sigma 24-70mm EZ DG but the cost was a bit too much right now. I have
    that lens for my Sigma DSLR and it is quite good.
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Dec 19, 2005
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    Bigguy Guest

    Get the 18-70mm - great value, wide end equivalent to 28mm, compact, fast

    Take lots of photos - it will become obvious later if you need any more

    Bigguy, Dec 20, 2005
  9. Kevin Morgan

    Kevin Morgan Guest


    Thanks very much for your helpful posts - I'm going to go with the
    18-70 as a start...... I'll then need to work out which tele-zoom to
    get..... but I'll worry about that after Christmas!

    Thanks again,

    Kevin Morgan, Dec 20, 2005
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    Ole Larsen Guest

    Kevin Morgan skrev:
    About a year ago I bought my D70 with the 18-70 kit lens.
    It is a fine and versatile lens comsidering the price.
    To day I bring only a 24 mm f:2,8 and a 50 mm f:1,8 when I go out.
    And I rarely switch between them - its either one or the other.
    Why is it so? For about 25 years have I used just one lens (28 mm
    aequvalent, "normal" or short tele, be it 24x36, 6x6 or 6x9) and have
    become acustomed to adjust the way I see things to the lens I use.
    Using the 18-70 kit-lens confused my visual conception, I believe.
    And then - the Nikon 50mm f:1,8 is a marvellous lens at a bargain-price.
    Just love the way it renders:

    NB. There has been done some PP including diffuse glow
    Ole Larsen, Dec 20, 2005
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