I just got my new D3000 a month ago and it came with the standard 18-55 lens which I'm very happy with. I'm still in the learning stages with my camera and am just about now experimenting with other settings beyond AUTO!!!!
My 8 year old son plays a lot of soccer and I find that my 18-55 lens does not give me enough zoom capability on the soccer field so I'm looking to buy another lens. I definitely am on a budget so screening my choices very carefully.
From the research I've been doing it seems like the Nikon 55-200($220 on Amazon) and the 18-250 would be good options but any other suggestions...? Besides the Nikon I was also looking at Tamron lenses(just becoz they are cheaper) but it seems like they dont have VR which I'd really like. I am so far satisfied with my manual autofocus but would like for a AF-S or built in auto focus lenses which I'm hoping I can use if I upgrade in the future.
I really would appreciate your advice on what lens I can buy, also are used lenses in a good condition on sites like BHphots video a good idea....?
#2. "RE: Newbie needs lenses advice for D3000" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! If you can stretch you budget the Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR should be at the top of your list. It will perform much better at the long end than the Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR. The Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS is another choice at a price close to the Nikkor. For Soccer the added reach over the 55-200mm will come in handy. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#3. "RE: Newbie needs lenses advice for D3000" In response to Reply # 2
Thank you Gerold & Marty!!
I just looked up the 70-300 and its even cheaper than the 18-200...Yay!!!!!
One question though I had from all the reviews about the 70-300 is that while it has a real good telephot zoom, the wide angle zoom is much inferior than the 18-200. Is this true...? How would the wide angle zoom on the 70-300 be when compared with my current 18-55 lens? Also I'd prefer something that I can fix to my camera and leave on and use most of the time so is the excess weight(its almost triple the weight of 18-200) feasible.
#5. "RE: Newbie needs lenses advice for D3000" In response to Reply # 3
>One question though I had from all the reviews about the >70-300 is that while it has a real good telephot zoom, the >wide angle zoom is much inferior than the 18-200. Is this >true...? How would the wide angle zoom on the 70-300 be when >compared with my current 18-55 lens?
70mm is considered short telephoto, not wide angle by any means. The long side of wide angle is 35mm on an FX body and about 24mm or so on a DX body. Your 18-55mm will be your wide angle to short telephoto zoom. The 70-200mm is at least as good if not better than the 18-200mm from 70-135mm. It performs significantly better than the 18-200mm from 135mm - 200mm and leaves the 18-200mm in the weeds from 200mm to 300mm.
>Also I'd prefer something that I can fix to my camera and >leave on and use most of the time so is the excess weight(its >almost triple the weight of 18-200) feasible.
The 70-300mm VR (745g) weighs less than 1/3 more than the 18-200mm VR (565g), not three times more. The issue of weight is a very individual decision. My camera bodies are about twice the weight of the D3000 and my 70-200mm VR (1540g) is more than twice the weight of the 70-300mm VR. When I pack light, I carry two bodies, a few lenses and a Speedlight.
For shooting soccer the added reach of the 70-300mm will be very useful. I use my 70-200mm and a 300mm or 400mm prime. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!