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thomltd   Hickory, US  Registered since 07th Sep 2007 Fri 07-Sep-07 03:03 PM
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"zoom lens for D40"



Friends,
My D40 is my first digital SLR. Major rookie here. My primary use will be shooting our 8 year old daughter playing soccer, riding
horse, living life.
Could someone recommend a zoom lens that would be good for us?

Thank you,

Thomltd

  

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Reply message RE: zoom lens for D40 maxwell1
07th Sep 2007
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Reply message RE: zoom lens for D40 Alexa
23rd Sep 2007
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Reply message RE: zoom lens for D40 maxwell1
07th Sep 2007
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Reply message RE: zoom lens for D40 edmun
07th Sep 2007
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Reply message RE: zoom lens for D40 jakbauerctu
24th Sep 2007
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Reply message RE: zoom lens for D40 Samaritan
24th Sep 2007
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Reply message RE: zoom lens for D40 Heidi2
25th Sep 2007
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Reply message RE: zoom lens for D40 shutterdude
25th Sep 2007
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Reply message RE: zoom lens for D40 JoelT
25th Sep 2007
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Reply message RE: zoom lens for D40 wingdo
25th Sep 2007
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26th Sep 2007
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maxwell1   Worcester, US  Registered since 01st Jul 2007 Fri 07-Sep-07 03:24 PM
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#1. "RE: zoom lens for D40"
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The 18-55 that comes with the D40 is a nice little lens, but it is a wide to mid lens. You may want to get the popular 18-200 with VR-II which will cover most focal lengths you could imagine using, and and can leave on the body most of the time, while minimizing the inheritant risk of introducing dust onto the sensor that comes with frequent lens changes. Overall, I am happy with mine. Many on here also like this lens for it's unusual versatility. The more advanced Vibration Reduction (VR-II) works very well.

Nikon D40
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Nikon SB-400 Speedlight

Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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Alexa   US  Registered since 23rd Sep 2007 Sun 23-Sep-07 07:29 AM
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>The 18-55 that comes with the D40 is a nice little lens, but
>it is a wide to mid lens. You may want to get the popular
>18-200 with VR-II which will cover most focal lengths you
>could imagine using, and and can leave on the body most of
>the time, while minimizing the inheritant risk of
>introducing dust onto the sensor that comes with frequent
>lens changes. Overall, I am happy with mine. Many on here
>also like this lens for it's unusual versatility. The more
>advanced Vibration Reduction (VR-II) works very well.

I have to agree with this. The 18-200 mm lens is light weight, portable, and probably all you'll ever need from a lens. Unfortunately, it does come with a hefty price tag (I purchased mine from Cameta Camera for about $825). The bright side is that it's really an all-purpose lens that can substitute 2 or 3 lenses you might potentially invest in. When you add it all up in the end, I think it's a worthy investment.

I bought my D40 and 18-200 mm lens in June and the two have been inseparable ever since.

  

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maxwell1   Worcester, US  Registered since 01st Jul 2007 Fri 07-Sep-07 03:26 PM
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Oh, wanted to add, there is lots of great info on this lens contained in the Nikkor Lenses forum.

A

Nikon D40
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Nikon SB-400 Speedlight

Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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edmun   eugene, US  Registered since 16th Sep 2003 Fri 07-Sep-07 07:54 PM
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The 70-300 vr has more reach.

It would be my choice as I never have enough reach taking images of sports, kids, and horses. (my zooms end at 200 mm.

ledmun

  

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jakbauerctu   San Jose, US  Registered since 24th Apr 2007 Mon 24-Sep-07 01:01 AM
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you already have the 18-55 lens, so instead of getting an 18-200, get the 55-200 VR. It is a lot cheaper and it works great for everyday shooting.

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Samaritan   US  Registered since 25th Apr 2007 Mon 24-Sep-07 11:46 AM
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I would say get the 55-200VR or the 70-300VR. I have the 70-300VR and it's a super lens. It's what I use when I take shots of my 4yr old grandaughter at her soccer games. Great in good light.

  

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Heidi2   US  Registered since 21st Sep 2007 Tue 25-Sep-07 01:23 AM
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I just bought the 55-200 mm VR lens and I absolutely love it.

  

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shutterdude     Registered since 08th Jan 2007 Tue 25-Sep-07 02:26 PM
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Try getting the 55-200 VR. its a lot less pricey than the other lenses and its perfect for your needs of taking pictures of your daughter.

P.s try getting it in october because that's when the rebates probably will come out



Vahe Nikonian

  

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JoelT   US  Basic Member Tue 25-Sep-07 03:02 PM
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18-70mm + SB-400 and you're good to go.

  

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wingdo   Chicago, US  Registered since 26th Aug 2007 Tue 25-Sep-07 09:22 PM
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The 18-135 is also a nice option. I'm not sure if 70mm would get you in close enough on the soccer field, I'd probably want some more length if at all possible. If you're looking to not have to swap lenses back and forth it's not a bad lens. It's certainly a lot cheaper than the Nikkor 18-200.

I'm also not sure the current pricing on the Sigma 18-200mm HSM lens with Optical Stabilization (Sigma's VR), but it looks like it can be had for around 5 bills.

Doug
D300s | MB-D10 | SB-700

  

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soydios   US  Registered since 14th Sep 2007 Wed 26-Sep-07 04:21 AM
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Three lenses to look at:
- 55-200mm VR (keep the 18-55mm kit lens)
- 70-300mm VR (keep the 18-55mm kit lens)
- 18-200mm VR (replace the 18-55mm kit lens and 55-200mm upgrade lens)

In your situation, I would get the 70-300mm VR. It's a good bang for your buck. 300mm reach, VR, it's all good.

  

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