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      11-10-2011, 03:57 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by panicos81 View Post
I eventually went with the Nikon D5100. need opinions for a first lens. it would be either:
Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f1.8G
Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR!!! or
Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.4G or f1.8G (half price)
that being said i love prime lenses but the 18-105 could be a good first lens..

so let me hear some opinions..
I am using the Nikon D90 and have the following lenses:

Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f1.8G
Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm F3.5-5.6G ED VRII
Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G ED VRII
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX

I got the 18-105 as the kit lens but wanted a bit more reach so I got the 18-200. Next was the 11-16 Tokina. This is a specialty lens but it has some amazing possibilities! That lens being a f2.8 also opened my eyes to aperture's of a lens. So the 35mm f1.8 was next. The low light & DOF possibilities with this lens are amazing!

I'd go with the 35mm but an good "all around" lens would be the 18-200. If you want a lightly used 18-105 I would probably be willing to let mine go. Haven't used it since I got the 18-200.

Hope this helps!

P.S. The Tokina won't focus on the 5100.