"What should my next lens for D50" Sat 14-May-11 11:10 AM by joe1515
I am looking for help on what my next lens should be. I have Nikon D50 for years I was using a Quantary 18-200 lens, I have always known it was not a great lens. Just recently I purchased the 50mm f/1.4D AF and WOW what an improvement.
So what should my next lens or lens's be? The main use of the camera is take pictures of our daughter and dog at mainly close distance. That was the reason for the 50MM portrait lens.
One more thing to throw out there, is we will eventually be upgrading the the 7000 body, and I would like the lenses to be compatible. I feel the lenses are the most important and I want to take care of them first.
#1. "RE: What should my next lens for D50" In response to Reply # 0
Tallahassee, Florida, US
There are lots of possibilities, Joe. One, if you want another prime lens that matches the quality of your 50mm, is to add a Nikon 35mm f1.8. More versatility would come with a 16-85 Nikon zoom. Another possibility for higher quality, but more weight and more expense, is a Nikon 17-55 f2.8. All are compatible with the D7000.
#2. "RE: What should my next lens for D50" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! The choices are many. The D7000, like your D50 is fully compatible with All AF Nikon F mount lenses with the exception of the 80mm f/2.8 and the 200mm f/3.5 made for the F3AF back in 1983. What is your budget? Do you want to replace your Quanteray 18-200mm? Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#4. "RE: What should my next lens for D50" In response to Reply # 2
>Hi Joe, > >Welcome to Nikonians! >The choices are many. >The D7000, like your D50 is fully compatible with All AF Nikon >F mount lenses with the exception of the 80mm f/2.8 and the >200mm f/3.5 made for the F3AF back in 1983. >What is your budget? >Do you want to replace your Quanteray 18-200mm? >Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Thanks for the warm welcome. My budget is probably around $1,200. I am not necessarily replacing the quantary I am retiring it, because it is not very good. I am looking to replace with a few different lenses that make sense. One of the lenses I am going to purchase is the Nikon 70-300.
I am looking for something to complete the 50mm prime and then the 70-300.
#5. "RE: What should my next lens for D50" In response to Reply # 4
The Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX pairs up very well with the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR and fits within your budget. You will then have the range from 16mm to 300mm covered with quality glass. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#3. "RE: What should my next lens for D50" In response to Reply # 0
I'm fortunate enough to have my grandchildren close and they are frequent subjects. One lens that has consistently delivered my best results for family photography is my Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 AFS DX lens. This lens is also compatible with the D7000.
The 17-55mm is now considered a mid-range zoom. Something that qualifies for general photography (family/events/travel/etc.). This lens is a super quality lens and could be considered a DX Pro lens. It is a f/2.8 aperture meaning it lets in a lot of light for indoor photography. The f/2.8 aperture also means that you have some aperture control for DOF - however your 50mm f/1.4 is best for this. The 17-55mm is a heavy and somewhat bulky lens.
Another good choice is the 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 AFS DX lens. This is top-rated consumer lens - meaning that it doesn't have the constant f/2.8 aperture. The longer reach of this lens over the 17-55 would make it a slightly better choice for travel, but the smaller aperture selection would restrict it a bit more for natural low-light photography. The 16-85mm is a bit more compact than the 17-55 f/2.8 and might be preferred as a carry everywhere lens because of that.
The cost difference between these two lenses is significant. Depending on your needs, one might be a better choice over the other (regardless of cost). It's a good exercise to take a few evenings and review your images to see if any kind of usage pattern emerges with your current lenses. I've always found that information valuable for making new lens choices.
BTW: I'm sure you would find either of these lenses perform better than your current 18-200.
There are a lot of possibilities and the right lens is a personal decision. I hope this helps bring a few things to light. Good luck in your selection.