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unclemark

Gardena, US
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unclemark Registered since 13th Jun 2009
Sat 02-Jan-10 05:02 AM

Hi All, I posted along time ago that I was going to buy a D90, but due to budget restraints I bought a D3000 being so affordable. Besides the lens that comes with it, what is the best all around lens I can buy to add to my collection?

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blw

Richmond, US
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#1. "RE: Just bought a D3000" | In response to Reply # 0

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Sat 02-Jan-10 01:42 PM

For what purpose? And what's the budget?

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Covey22

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#2. "RE: Just bought a D3000" | In response to Reply # 0

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Sat 02-Jan-10 01:44 PM

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unclemark

Gardena, US
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#3. "RE: Just bought a D3000" | In response to Reply # 1

unclemark Registered since 13th Jun 2009
Sat 02-Jan-10 01:49 PM

I shoot lots of landscaping and a lot of family pictures, my budget is around 300 dollars.
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blw

Richmond, US
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#4. "RE: Just bought a D3000" | In response to Reply # 3

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Sun 03-Jan-10 02:02 AM

I guess I asked the wrong question. What is it that your kit lens does not do that you need to do? (I'm presuming you have the 18-55, is that correct? Some folks seem to have the 18-105 instead, which is quite a difference.)

To a first approximation, even the 18-55 does a pretty good job of landscaping and family pictures.

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unclemark

Gardena, US
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#5. "RE: Just bought a D3000" | In response to Reply # 4

unclemark Registered since 13th Jun 2009
Sun 03-Jan-10 02:42 AM

Yes mine came with the 18-55, Takes good pictures, I guess I can leave it alone. Just wondering if there were other lenses I could add to my kit.

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MEMcD

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#6. "RE: Just bought a D3000" | In response to Reply # 5

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sun 03-Jan-10 11:14 AM

Hi Mark,

If you are looking for something wider for shooting lanscapes the Sigma 10mm - 20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM at $479.00 would be the least expensive choice.
If you could be more specific as to what photographic problem you are trying to solve, we can provide more suggestions.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

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Marty

blw

Richmond, US
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#7. "RE: Just bought a D3000" | In response to Reply # 5

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Sun 03-Jan-10 03:05 PM | edited Sun 03-Jan-10 03:07 PM by blw

> Just wondering if there were other lenses I could add to my kit.

There certainly are. In fact, there are literally dozens - there might even be a hundred (Nikon alone offer 40+, and Sigma has a similar sized offering) - but they are nearly all well above your $300 budget, even used. For example, that Sigma 10-20 that Marty mentioned is about $375 used and $500 new. The Nikon 10-24 is about $900.

But more to the point, they are all solutions to photographic problems. If you don't have those problems, they're a waste of money.

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Asgard

East Frisia, DE
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#8. "RE: Just bought a D3000" | In response to Reply # 5

Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004
Sun 03-Jan-10 03:08 PM

Mark,

you could also take a 55-200 or 70-300.

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