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Sovelin Registered since 08th Apr 2010Thu 08-Apr-10 11:36 PM
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"Need some help picking out a couple lens's for my Nikon D3000?"
Fri 09-Apr-10 01:43 AM by Sovelin

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At the moment I have the D3000 with the stock 18-55mm lens. I'm going to be spending some time in the Caribbean, and I want a little more flexibility with my camera. I was thinking of purchasing a 55-200mm lens and a 35mm prime lens, but a friend of advised my that it would be better to sell my 18-55 lens and get the 55-200 and a 50mm prime. It will be less to carry and that should pretty much cover the range I want.

Can anyone give me some input on what would be a better route to go?

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WD4MLA Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Fri 09-Apr-10 01:02 AM
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#1. "RE: Need some help picking out a couple lens's for my Nikon D3000?"
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I would stay with your original plan! If it is in your budget the 70-300VR would give you a bit more reach and is a very sharp lens. If that is a bit too much, go for the 55-200mm and the 35mm.

If you sell your 18-55 and only have a 55-200mm you will find that it will not be wide enough and you will miss a lot of shots. I would also stay with your plan to get the 35mm which is close to a normal view and will help you when you need a low light lens.

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Sovelin Registered since 08th Apr 2010Fri 09-Apr-10 01:42 AM
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Fri 09-Apr-10 01:46 AM by Sovelin

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The 70-300 looks really nice, but it is just a bit pricey. What if I went for the 55-200 and went with the 50 prime over the 35 prime, and kept the 18-55? I wanted to keep my price range at $700, and on Amazon I'm at $705 with the 55-200 and the 50 prime.


Also, would the 35mm be noticeably better for low-light outdoor shots (sun setting) than the 50mm?

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Fri 09-Apr-10 06:49 AM
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#3. "RE: Need some help picking out a couple lens's for my Nikon D3000?"
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35 vs 50: depends on how you define "better".

Since you have the D3000, I assume we are talking about the AFS version of each lens. The 50mm f/1.4 will get you about 2/3 stop more light than the 35mm f/1.8 will. However, at those f stops your depth of field is razor thin. The 35mm will get you a wider field of view.

Given your desires, I would recommend the 35mm for the wider view if you are selling the 18-55mm. If you are going to keep the wide-angle zoom, you will probably need to decide which prime's field of view better fits your shooting style.

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#4. "RE: Need some help picking out a couple lens's for my Nikon D3000?"
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I think your original plan is best. The 50mm that will AF on the D3000 is the 50/f1.4 which is considerably pricier than the 35.

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bigfeet Registered since 02nd Apr 2010Fri 09-Apr-10 02:05 PM
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if it were me knowing what i know now, I would get either the 18-105 or the 18-200. Ken Rockwell thinks the 18-200 is the perfect lens but i like the 105 being a little smaller and lighter. I don't need the extra reach.

Get one of those and forget about swapping out lens.
I would not recommend the 18-135, the reviews bash it pretty badly.
I have the 18-105 and its great wide open, at F8 it rocks.

  

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Sovelin Registered since 08th Apr 2010Mon 12-Apr-10 06:13 AM
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#6. "RE: Need some help picking out a couple lens's for my Nikon D3000?"
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Thank you everyone for the help. I decided on the 70-300mm:
http://www.amazon.com/...0HJPK2C/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ALAQLAKJ574UN

and the 35mm:
http://www.amazon.com/...1S2PPT0/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Given the 70-300 is heavier and can't use the same filter, but I think the extra zoom is worth it.
And the 35mm is better for the low-light shots I want. Thanks for the help!

  

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#7. "RE: Need some help picking out a couple lens's for my Nikon D3000?"
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Sylva, US
          

I could not get the link to work, but make sure you get the latest version which has VR

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Sovelin Registered since 08th Apr 2010Mon 12-Apr-10 08:47 PM
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#8. "RE: Need some help picking out a couple lens's for my Nikon D3000?"
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Sorry, I liked them through my cart. These should work.

70-300 with VR:
http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-70-300mm-4-5-5-6G-Digital-Cameras/dp/B000HJPK2C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=ALAQLAKJ574UN&s=electronics&qid=1271105098&sr=1-1

and the 35mm (from 2006, but I don't think there is a newer version):
http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-35mm-AF-S-Digital-Cameras/dp/B001S2PPT0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1271105182&sr=8-1

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