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      10-24-2011, 06:47 PM   #1
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Lens recommendations?

Hey Guys,
with all the great shots i'm seeing i'm wondering if there is another lens that would help improve my photography. I have just gotten into using a DSLR and picked up a Nikon D5100 with the lens it came with being the 18-55mm.
I was considering the 24-70mm F2.8 or a 18-200mm f3.5.
I mostly like working on landscape shots and would like to get into shooting more of the car as well. also learning how to use HDR.
Any suggestions?
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      10-24-2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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Well, those are two completely different classes of lenses. If you can swing it, the 24-70 f2.8 is an amazing lens, but it is $1,900 USD. The 18-200 is also a good lens, but not constant aperture, nor as well made as the 24-70. But you get a very wide range of focal lengths to learn with. This is also why it is less than half the cost of the 24-70 at $849 USD.
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If you are okay with buying a DX lens, (and want to stay NIKKOR) get the AF-S 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ED.

If you may want to get a full-frame (FX) body later, consider the AF-s 16-35mm F4 VR.


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I just picked up a 35mm f1.8 for my D90 and really LOVE it!

I have to say that it really makes me "work" at my pictures but I think that's why I love it so much. It's just amazing at f.18 and for $200 shipped it was a no brainer.
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AF-S 35mm F1.8G is the perfect prime lens for a DX-format Nikon! Sharp, fast, nice...
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Why get an 18-200 when you have an 18-55 already? It's pointless to have two lenses with you that overlap, especially if one has the entire range of the other. If you're selling the 18-55, then you should probably get the 18-200.

You can get a 55-200 for $250 instead, and since you're new it shouldn't matter what the minimum aperture is. Just focus on the photos, not the gear. Check the 55-200 out here: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/55-200mm-vr.htm
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I just picked up a 35mm f1.8 for my D90 and really LOVE it!

I have to say that it really makes me "work" at my pictures but I think that's why I love it so much. It's just amazing at f.18 and for $200 shipped it was a no brainer.
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AF-S 35mm F1.8G is the perfect prime lens for a DX-format Nikon! Sharp, fast, nice...
i find myself shooting with it more than my 50mm f/1.4G on my D7000


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the 18-200 is nice when i travel for personal use because i can walk around without the need to switch lens.
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