Hi, I'm new to the forum (and new to the world of Photography).
In a nutshell, I purchased a used D40 a few months back and the lens packed in after a couple of weeks. I suspected something was wrong from the start, but didn't really know any better.
I now have no lens at all but wasn't expecting to have to buy one so soon, so not much in the way of budget right now. I'd rather have A lens than no lens, but I am now struggling between 2 options.
I am strongly leaning towards the 18-105 with VR as a one lens option.
Alternatively I could pay up now and just get antother 18-55,probably with VR as there's not a big price difference with or without. I could then add the 55-200 later in the year. I did miss the zoom on occasion when I was able to use it as I have been using a superzoom camera for a few years.
My question is, aside from the obvious necessity to change lenses as the situation requires, is there any disadvantage to getting the two (18-55 and 55-200) as opposed to having one with a slightly longer focal range (18-105)? They all get good reviews and I know this is subjective. I have just been reading and reading and reading ...... for the last 2 months and although narrowed down to the above, my head is now spinning. (P.S. Ideally I would love to get the 18-200, but it is right out of my budget). Many thanks.
#1. "RE: Lens dilemma for my D40" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Fri 31-Dec-10 04:11 AM
Welcome to Nikonians!
Sorry to hear of your problem.
Depending on what is wrong with your lens, it might be cheaper to get it repaired at Nikon Service or a Nikon Authorized Repair Station than replaced.
Aside from the convenience of the extended zoom range, the 18-105mm, is slightly faster (aperture) from about 35mm to 55mm.
On the other hand, the 18-55mm combined with the 55-200mm covers a wider range than the 18-105mm.
Both options are very usable. You just have to decide which fits your requirements and shooting style the best.
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#2. "RE: Lens dilemma for my D40" | In response to Reply # 0philipl Nikonian since 31st May 2007Fri 31-Dec-10 04:16 PM
I think if you're just starting then the 18-55 and 55-300 (not 55-200) which is newer technology. My sister has a D3100 with the 18-55 and 55-300 and is quite pleased. Also if you keep them in good shape you can usually sell them for 70-80% of what you paid new.
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#3. "RE: Lens dilemma for my D40" | In response to Reply # 0Scotty Nikonian since 07th Feb 2002Fri 31-Dec-10 05:08 PM
I'd be tempted to go for the 2 lens option now and when you grow out of them you will know which lens you want... (unless NAS strikes!)
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#4. "RE: Lens dilemma for my D40" | In response to Reply # 3Sun 02-Jan-11 05:59 PM
Thank you all so much.
I have eventually decided to go with the 18-105VR. Not because the advice is not good, but not having expected to suddenly have to get a new lens at Christmas time my budget just didn't really accommodate it. I did sometimes find the limited focal range a bit restrictive with the kit lens, although I was still very pleased with the results - considering I really didn't know very much at all when I took it with me on vacation to test. However in everyday life I am not likely to need the additional range above say 100; or at least not at this stage. However I do enjoy portraits and always have done so I was thinking of getting the 35mm f1.8 as well. I can get both new for slightly less than the 18-55 and 55-200. As I said though, I am new to this so I am still very open to comments/criticism.
#5. "RE: Lens dilemma for my D40" | In response to Reply # 4Bootneck1 Nikonian since 29th Aug 2010Thu 20-Jan-11 06:39 PM
I have the 35mm 1.8 and it truly is a superb lens for portrait work, particularly if you have sufficient resolution to crop to the desired size. Sometimes seems too wide for one person images,(unless you have a real close up), albeit perfect for two or three subjects in a group. I'm considering the 50mm 1.4 for the tighter individual head & shoulders shots I like.
The 35mm 1.8 is super for DX wide angle "use it anywhere" application especially given its low light capability. Easily the best value lens I own!
#6. "RE: Lens dilemma for my D40" | In response to Reply # 5Thu 20-Jan-11 09:16 PM
>I have the 35mm 1.8 and it truly is a superb lens for portrait
>work, particularly if you have sufficient resolution to crop
>to the desired size. Sometimes seems too wide for one person
>images,(unless you have a real close up), albeit perfect for
>two or three subjects in a group. I'm considering the 50mm 1.4
>for the tighter individual head & shoulders shots I like.
>The 35mm 1.8 is super for DX wide angle "use it
>anywhere" application especially given its low light
>capability. Easily the best value lens I own!
Thank you for your helpful comments. I did see the 50mm lens, but it won't autofocus on my D40 so perhaps not best for a beginner like me. I was having a chuckle this evening as I realised that my new passion seems to suddenly call for a lot of things I 'need' ..... At the moment I am so pleased with my 18-105. There is quite a difference in the shots I have taken with this one vs the kit lens. Once I have had some more time to get comfortable with the actual camera and learnt some more I will most likely be adding the 35 1.8 to my kit though. I also like taking photos in low light and have never been a fan of a flash if I can avoid it - except rather ironically in bright sunlight where there are shadow issues. However that was not with a DSLR so I am getting my head around a rather different approach to taking pictures now.
#7. "RE: Lens dilemma for my D40" | In response to Reply # 6jadiniz Registered since 25th Dec 2010Thu 20-Jan-11 11:08 PM
My own lenses are the 18-105 VR, the 55-200 VR and the 35 1.8. All cheap plastic and sharp glass. Love'em all, but the 35 more so, it's just GREAT!!!
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#9. "RE: Lens dilemma for my D40" | In response to Reply # 4ajdooley Nikonian since 25th May 2006Sat 22-Jan-11 04:31 PM
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