This may have been posted before, but I was curious what you all thought re: what would be the "Must Have" lenses one would own for a Nikon D40?
Specifically, I was looking for recommendations for shooting inside/ indoors and outdoors both moving and animate objects.
Currently, I have the "standard" 18-55MM and 55-200MM AF-S VR lenses, and would like to know what I should be considering for the future or what would be a lense I currently don't have which would either be a "Must Have" or one that would "compliment" the others.
I prefer Nikkor/ nikon lenses, but would purchase Tamron or Sigma as well.
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#2. "RE: "MUST HAVE" Lenses for a Nikon D40?" In response to Reply # 0
Livermore, CA, US
The only real "must have" lenses are the ones you already have. These pretty much cover all general purpose needs. Lenses you add will be because you've decided to branch into a photographic specialty which requries special equipment. Since I wouldn't call "inside/ indoors and outdoors both moving and animate objects" a specialization, I'd recommend for now you use your kit lenses to learn where they fall short, then buy a lens specifically to address that need.
The kit lenses are actually pretty good. You'll find you need to spend a good chunk of change to improve on them, so the wiser you can spend, the better off you'll be.
#4. "RE: "MUST HAVE" Lenses for a Nikon D40?" In response to Reply # 0
You have the cream-of-the-crop as far as I'm concerned. The 18-55 is a great walk-around lens. Any other lens that covers the midrange zoom will be compromising something over this. I think that the non-VR version, with its ED glass element, is better than the 18-55VR, which is a marketing gimmick so that beginners getting into photography will feel like they are getting more for their money. The VR in the 55-200, however, works very well. I have this lens myself, and the VR version is optically superior to the cheaper version of this lens. As I hope you've discovered, this will take wonderful photos.
If any of these two lenses are failing you in any way for your needs, THEN you should come back, describe how they are failing you (think about it first, make sure it isn't photographer error!) and then we will help you decide on different lenses.
Otherwise, think of what other kind of photography you would like to do: -The 12-24 is really great for going wide. One of my old professors, a professional architecture photographer, has this lens on his camera 95% of the time (like my dad, he is bitten by the wide-angle bug, he loves the way that it makes the viewer engage the foreground vs. background). -The 50mm f/1.4G, just released, is supposed to be amazing at taking photos at that focal length (but notice how it is at the end of one of your lens' zoom range, and at the beginning of the other. It is a focal length, that on your digital sensor, is just too long to be midrange and just too short to be telephoto). Set your 18-55 to this length, and see if you could do walking around all day without being able to zoom out without switching lenses. If so, consider this lens, as it will allow you to take pictures 4 stops faster -Do you want to do some light nature photography? Then consider the 300mm f/4 lens. Lots of reach, with pretty good wide-open performance. -If you want to get into macro photography, get the 105mmVR micro. This lens can also double as a portrait lens if you are outside, as you will be zoomed in quite a bit with this focal length (until then, use your 55-200 as a portrait lens, it makes beautiful headshots!)
#7. "RE: "MUST HAVE" Lenses for a Nikon D40?" In response to Reply # 0
Thunder Bay, CA
I just got the new Tamron 18-270mm and it is a tremendous all-in-one lens. I'm also a fan of Nikkor lenses and have the 18-55mm as well as the 55-200mm. The Tamron makes both of them obsolete. A great lens for the D40. More here... http://infocusimagery.blogspot.com/2008/12/new-toys.html