I have placed my order for the D7000. This will be an upgrade from my D80. I was never over joyed about the sharpness of the images out of that camera.
Anyway, I am looking for suggestions on a really good walk around lens for the D7000. I currently have the 18-135mm as my walk around. I also have a 70-200 f/2.8 VR and a 50mm f/1.4.
With all the different lenses available, it is tough to pick one that will be a suitable lens. I am just an average guy that has no specific topic of shooting. Some kids events indoor and outdoor, along with hiking and occasional travel.
I am looking forward to reading all the responses I hope to see about this!
It depends on your budget! The two lenses I would recommend are: The Nikkor 16-85mm in the mid price range. The Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 which matches up very well with your 70-200mm VR. For low light situations the 17-55mm is tough to beat. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
There is a potential for disappointment with the new camera unless you can determine the source of the problem with the D80. It is not known as being an inferior IQ camera. Can you post an example of a a photo that should have turned out better. None of the lenses mentioned will be as sharp, with as good color and contrast as your 70-200vr. The lenses is not the problem, so what is? Stan St Petersburg Russia
If you plan to keep your 18-135, it is a good choice. You need to cover that focal length, so every alternative will involve getting rid of the 18-135.
The top option is going to be the 18-200 for a one lens do everything kit.
But you have a 70-200, so it appears you might also consider options.
The 16-85 and 70-200 would be great - especially with a 1.4 teleconverter for the 70-200. Normally for DX I would pair a 16-85 with the 70-300 VR as it saves half a pound.
Another good option is the 16-35 VR with your 50 f/1.4 and your 70-200. It's not a single walk around kit, so you might keep your 18-135, but it is a very good kit that allows transition to FX any time you want.
One more thing. The D80 is a perfectly good camera and is not the reason for unsharp images. If you can't get sharp images with a 70-200 and the D80, the D7000 and new lenses won't help. Try a post in the D80 Forum with a problem image. My bet is there are camera settings or post processing settings that are not optimized.
Thanks to all who have offered input. I was able to get a D7000 kit the weekend BestBuy had them available. I have been very pleased with the body and my current selection of lenses. I didn't even unpack the kit lens that came with the D7000.
I am still contemplating adding a good walk around lens. The 24-120 has just been released.
I like the idea of the 17-55 f/2.8. It has great reviews and seems like it would fit my needs. However, the 24-120 seems more suited to a general purpose walk around.
>I didn't even unpack the kit lens that >came with the D7000.
Is that the 18-105mm? It is an excellent lens. Lightweight, good general purpose focal range, and has VR. I have many shots with this lens that one could not distinquish in quality from a "pro" lens. These would be shots at medium focal length and aperture. Cheers, Peter
When I am in 'walk-around' mode -- which I define as out and about with no particular photographic plans, I generally have the 16-85 VR on the D300 and a fast prime or two in bag or in my pocket if going bagless. My main reason for taking a fast prime is for a narrower DOF -- the 35mm f/1.8 is handy at 7 ounces, and/or I'll take the 50 f/1.4.
The 16-85 is a very sharp lens -- I've currently got several 16x21" photos from it hanging in a local gallery.
I have a 16-85 and find it to be an excellent lens. It covers 80% of what I shoot and it is reasonably small and light. As others have stated, it is a very sharp lens and has very good linear correction.