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Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90

cagoxic

CA
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cagoxic Registered since 30th Aug 2012
Thu 30-Aug-12 05:11 AM

Hi all,
I've just recently upgraded to Nikon D90 (from D80), and all I can say thus far is that the upgrade was worth every penny! I have two lenses that I've been using with my D80 last 4 years, and I have to say I was extremely happy with them: Nikon 18-200mm VR, and Sigma 10-20mm DC. I was thinking of getting the additional lens as well, primarily for indoor low light shooting, so I was thinking of getting a faster lens that won't break my bank. Can anyone please suggest what lenses to consider that will compliment well my other two lenses?
Thanks!!

JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#1. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Thu 30-Aug-12 05:33 AM

Indoor, low light - the 35mm f/1.8 comes to mind for a DX body. The 50mm f/1.8 might not be a bad DX portrait lens.

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D,
17-55mm f/2.8 DX, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

SheriB

SouthernYork Co, US
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#2. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 0

SheriB Silver Member Awarded for sharing her exceptional images and details of rural farm life. Nikonian since 11th Sep 2010
Thu 30-Aug-12 12:51 PM

If I remember correctly the 90 can take screw focus lenses right? I have a 35 f/2D I like on my 300s. You might also consider trying to pick up a used 35-70 f/2.8D. I find I use that a lot for family gatherings/picnics.

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PAStime

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#3. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 2

PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009
Thu 30-Aug-12 01:22 PM

Another vote for the 35mm f/1.8. Peter

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Covey22

US
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#4. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 0

Covey22 Moderator Expert in various fields including aviation photography Awarded for his contributions to the Resources and The Nikonian eZine Charter Member
Thu 30-Aug-12 03:50 PM

+1 for the 35mm f1.8 DX as well. Fast, light, high performing, for under USD200.

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cagoxic

CA
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#5. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 4

cagoxic Registered since 30th Aug 2012
Thu 30-Aug-12 04:09 PM

Guys, thank you all for the quick responses. After researching the web and reviewing all the comments, I went for Nikon 35mm 1.8. I've realized that the second option that was getting most votes (Nikon 50mm 1.8) was really mostly (if not exclusively) just for portraits. 35mm is much more versatile for the same buck.

I've just mounted the lens and took number of indoor shots with very limited light, and I can see why this lens is getting such a great reviews! Night and day difference in low light conditions from my everyday lens Nikon 18-200mm VR. I'm shooting with ISO 400 to 800 (in appose to ISO 3200) with much nicer results.

Once again, thank you all!

TheGreatMike

beverly hills, US
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TheGreatMike Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Jul 2007
Fri 31-Aug-12 06:30 PM

Another vote for the 35mm f/1.8. Mike

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Chevy Thunder

Sheridan WY, US
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#7. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 6

Chevy Thunder Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jan 2010
Sat 01-Sep-12 02:58 AM

-Just curious, why no one has mentioned the Nikon 50mm f1.4 ?

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MEMcD

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#8. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 5

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 03-Sep-12 12:51 AM

Hi Gordan,

Congratulations on your new lens.
Enjoy!
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

PAStime

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#9. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 5

PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009
Wed 05-Sep-12 12:58 AM

>Night and day difference in low
>light conditions

Nice pun!

>from my everyday lens Nikon 18-200mm VR. I'm
>shooting with ISO 400 to 800 (in appose to ISO 3200) with much
>nicer results.

Yes, a few stops can make a large difference. It can mean shooting at ISO 400 instead of 3200 and benefiting from the corresponding better image quality, or at 1/125 second instead of 1/15 second, and being able to rid of camera shake, or without a flash and therefore without harsh shadows.

Peter

suzyk

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#10. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 5

suzyk Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Dec 2011
Sat 08-Sep-12 03:01 AM

Hey Gordan,

Congratulations on the new lens and a warm welcome to Nikonians.

I hope to buy the 35mm 1.8 soon.

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cagoxic

CA
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#11. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 10

cagoxic Registered since 30th Aug 2012
Sat 08-Sep-12 05:24 AM

Thank you! I've using the lens for over a week now, and it doesn't come of from my D90 at all. Great lens for the buck. I can't believe I didn't get one sooner! Strongly recommended!

Enthus_Photo

US
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#12. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 0

Enthus_Photo Registered since 16th May 2012
Mon 10-Sep-12 02:00 AM

I'm a fan of the 35 f/1.8G too. It isn't my most flexible lens since it can't zoom, but some of my favorite photos have come from it.

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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#13. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 7

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Mon 10-Sep-12 04:34 AM

Looks like my previous reply was lost....

The 50mm f/1.4, while a good lens, would be above the budget suggested in the OP.

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D,
17-55mm f/2.8 DX, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

micolhart

Gilford, US
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#14. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 13

micolhart Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2012
Sun 23-Sep-12 03:10 PM

I'm thinking about the 70-300 lens. Are you happy with it?

Thanks

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JosephK

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#15. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 14

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Sun 23-Sep-12 04:50 PM | edited Sun 23-Sep-12 04:58 PM by JosephK

I like the 70-300mm VR. It is a good upgrade from the ED version it replaced in Nikon's line up. It is a great vacation lens or any time I don't want to lug around the 70-200mm f/2.8.

Moose Peterson describes it as one of Nikon's best kept secrets.
http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2009/05/28/nikons-best-kept-secret/

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D,
17-55mm f/2.8 DX, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

micolhart

Gilford, US
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#16. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 15

micolhart Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2012
Tue 25-Sep-12 12:15 AM

Thanks for your reply. We plan on a 4 to 5 week Nat. Park trip next year and I wanted to add a longer lens in addition to the 18-200 MM. I can add a tele-convertor with the longer lens.

Thanks

Mike

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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#17. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 16

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Tue 25-Sep-12 12:33 AM

If you can get a TC to work with the 70-300mm, it will probably need to be a non-Nikon one (Kenko?), if I remember correctly. The Nikon TCs usually do not mount with the variable aperture lenses due to there not being enough room between the lens's and TC's glass elements.

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D,
17-55mm f/2.8 DX, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

micolhart

Gilford, US
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#18. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 17

micolhart Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2012
Wed 26-Sep-12 01:54 AM

Good to know.

Thanks

Mike

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D90thomas

US
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#19. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 12

D90thomas Registered since 31st Dec 2011
Wed 26-Sep-12 10:41 PM

I have several lenes, but my 18-200mm and 35mm 1.8 get the most use, followed by my 55-300mm. Hope you get great shots!

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espeto68

Oeiras, PT
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#20. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 19

espeto68 Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2010
Fri 05-Oct-12 12:40 PM

Just spent a couple of hours playing with my D90 and 35mm 1.8D DX. What a nice combo. The results wide open are so good, indoor lighting only.

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cagoxic

CA
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#21. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 20

cagoxic Registered since 30th Aug 2012
Fri 05-Oct-12 12:51 PM

>Just spent a couple of hours playing with my D90 and 35mm
>1.8D DX. What a nice combo. The results wide open are so good,
>indoor lighting only.
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>José
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>Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!!
>
>D700, D90, F80, F Photomic FTn

After using this lens for a bit more than a month, I couldn't agree more with you! Best investment by far!

km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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#22. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 21

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Tue 09-Oct-12 01:22 PM

If you find some spare cash between the seat cushions consider a long term goal of getting the f1.8 G primes to go with the 35. The 50 is great with even better resolving power than the twice as expensive 50 1.4. The real find of of the series is the 85 1.8G which is excellent by any measure and is 95% of what the famous Cream Machine 85 1.4 is for 1/4 the price. There is also a new 28 1.8G but it might not be as useful as these three;35, 50, 85. I know a lot of peope who gave up on mid zooms and shoot entirely with these great value 1.8G lenses.
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WhatAboutBob

Georgetown, US
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#23. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" | In response to Reply # 22

WhatAboutBob Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Nov 2009
Tue 06-Nov-12 05:11 PM

Since we had a baby girl six weeks ago, I find myself exclusively using my primes. Never expected to get as much use out of the 35mm 1.8 as I have. It's become my go to lens with the baby.

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