I've located a d50 body and would appreciate recommendations on lenses to go with it. I take indoor/outdoor shots of my wiggly 3 year old, I also like taking closeups of still life. I have a very small budget ~$150, so an all purpose lens might be good. Should I just get the 18-55mm(kit lens)? I'll be getting the 50mm f1.8 in May. Thanks!
Finding a 18-70 for 150 bucs will be hard, the 18-55 is excellent. The picture quality is great probobly as good as the the 18-70 just a tad less range, and the speed and build of the 18-70 is much better but the price and picture quality is great.
The 50 will give you a good low light lens so you will be set. I have the 18-55DX and it is a gem. Jim
Dittos on the 18-55. I picked one up recently for a trip to Disney World and was very pleased with the results. I found it to be a more than acceptable 'walk around' lens. For the price, you can't beat it. The 50mm is an excellent choice, too. I've owned one since last year and have been VERY pleased with the results. The quality and colors can't be beaten, especially at price point that the 50mm goes for.
Wouldn't be a bad decision. You could also check craiglist, ebay or another place where people sell used gear. There's still an ample supply of hardly touched 18-55s because of people buying the 18-200 or other super zooms.
On a limited budget the 18-55mm is an excellent choice.
I just checked Adorama and they showed a refurbished (by Nikon) 18-55mm lens for $99. The new 18-55mm ED II is not in stock yet.
They also show a refurbished Nikon 28-80mm for $59. Because of the 1.5x crop factor it is not as ideal a standard zoom for a DSLR as the 18-55mm but is dirt cheap. When I bought my 18-70mm a month ago, I sold my silver 28-80mm on Ebay for $39.
The 50/f1.8 is a great fast lens, a bargain at the price, and will be my next lens purchase. However, with the 1.5x crop factor it is effectively a 75mm lens. That will limit you a bit indoors where you can't back up very far.
I've had my D50 for three months and love it. I have been impressed with the quality and sharpness of even the least expensive Nikon lenses.