Where can I find the BEST deal on nikon lenses?? Seriously, I'm poor

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by cassia, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. cassia

    cassia Guest

    The big question is, where is the best place to buy lenses CHEAP!! Do
    you know of any fabulous online stores that you trust and would
    recommend???

    I'm an aspiring photographer still in school and newly married, so the
    cash isn't exactly flowing right now if you know what I mean :) So,
    I'm looking for a fast zoom lens, maybe 2.8 aperature or wider and I'm
    thinking as wide angled as I can get going up to around 200 or 300mm.
    I also want a fisheye lens, and not an adaptor. I was thinking of
    getting a fixed 50mm at 1.4 but what I'm thinking is that I want to
    really get into weddings with the photojournalism style, so that's why
    I think the zoom would be great so I can more or less be a fly on the
    wall rather than an "in-you-face" kind of photographer.

    Currently I own the D70 (a fabulous wedding present!!) although, in a
    few months, when I've had more experience I think I'll move up to the
    D200.
     
    cassia, Mar 30, 2007
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    Scott W Guest

    They may not be the cheapest buy I buy all my lenses from B&H
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/
    They are good people to deal with in my experience.

    If nothing else you can look at what they have and get an idea about
    cost.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Mar 30, 2007
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    JR Guest

    Buy used from KEH.com....they are very reputable and since you are
    buying used you will get a better value for your dollar....For the zoom,
    get the Tokina Pro 28-70/2.6-2.8 II...this is an EXCELLENT lens that
    rivals the Nikkor 28-70/28 at a fraction of the cost.....A 50/1.8 is
    probably a better value at $99 used vs. $200+ used for a 50/1.4...the
    50/1.8 is actually a sharper lens, so unless you NEED the 1/3 of a stop
    in speed you get from the 50/1.4 then dont bother....Then get a used
    Nikkor 80-200/2.8 lens...almost all versions are great....so buy the
    best one you can afford...the early ones had more problems with lens
    creep, and didnt have a tripod collar, so get one with a tripod collar
    and you will be set.....good luck.

    JR
     
    JR, Mar 30, 2007
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  4. There is no such thing as a fabulous bargain on camera equipment. The
    profit on this stuff is so low, any dealer advertising significantly
    below market value is planning on ripping you off.

    Select your lenses intelligently (how much are you REALLY going to use
    that fisheye?), buy from one of the few reputable dealers, and consider
    used equipment.

    Got it? OK. The exceptions:

    Once in a great while, someone will list a lens in the wrong category
    or with a bad description on eBay, and other buyers will miss it. If
    you stumble across it, and evaluate the listing carefully, you may get
    a "bargain". You may also get ripped off.

    You can check newspapers for people selling equipment; I got some great
    Nikkor lenses from parents whose son had left them when he moved out.

    Note: These days, camera shows are usually a waste of time. Prices are
    higher than eBay, and usually higher than used from online retailers.
     
    Scott Schuckert, Mar 30, 2007
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    Pudentame Guest

    KEH is probably your best bet, although I don't think anyone made a 28 -
    200 f/2.8 zoom.

    They do have Tamron 28-105 f/2.8s for $280 to $375 [BGN - EX] and a
    Tamron 35-105 f/2.8 for $189 [BGN].

    FWIW, KEH's BGN is usually comparable quality to other vendor's EX.
     
    Pudentame, Mar 30, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Look at old manual focus lenses for the D200!
     
    Paul Furman, Apr 1, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Craigslist.org is a way to actually handle the lens locally.
     
    Paul Furman, Apr 1, 2007
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    Yoshi Guest

    You want a lens that goes from wide (28mm I would guess) to 300mm with a
    f/2.8 aperture, and it's gotta be cheap? Not gonna happen.

    Yoshi
     
    Yoshi, Apr 2, 2007
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