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!!
SheriB SouthernYork Co, US Nikonian since 11th Sep 2010
Thu 30-Aug-12 01:51 PM
#2. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" In response to Reply # 0
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.
#5. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" In response to Reply # 4
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.
#9. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" In response to Reply # 5
>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.
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.
JosephK Seattle, WA, US Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Tue 25-Sep-12 01:33 AM
#17. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" In response to Reply # 16
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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#21. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" In response to Reply # 20
>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. > >José > >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 Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Tue 09-Oct-12 02:22 PM
#22. "RE: Need a new fast lens for Nikon D90" In response to Reply # 21
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. Stan St Petersburg Russia