Ok guys, i have the d40 with the 18-55kit and the 55-200 (non vr). I also have the 1.8 50mm but i have to manual focus that.
I am currently getting the d7000 body, and I need advice for the best Lens. If you guys had to choose "one" lens, what would it be?
Like an 18mm to 200mm with a great aperture. I am not a professional by trade, but i shoot everything from portraits to landscape.
Thanks for the advice.
This is kind of like the question... If you were on an island with only one choice of food!!
#1. "RE: Best Overall lens for Dx" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Sat 01-Jan-11 01:56 PM
There are no 18-200's with fast apertures - if they were, they'd be huge (and expensive). An 18-200/f2 (if it were possible, I'm not sure it is) would weigh at least 8 pounds, and since the 200/f2 costs about $5000 by itself, I'd guess that an 18-200/f2 AFS VR would run about $10,000...
Back in the real world, your options are something like the 18-200/f3.5-5.6 AFS VR, the Tamron 18-270/f3.5-6.3 VC PZ (similar to AFS and VR), or perhaps something like the Nikon FX 28-300/f3.5-5.6 AFS VR.
Honestly, in your case I think I'd stick with the 18-55 VR and replace the 55-200 with either the VR version, or upgrade to a 55-300 AFS VR.
The 50/f1.8 will AF on the D7000.
And one final alternative might be the 35/f1.8 AFS - it's like the old "normal" lens that we used to get on old film cameras.
> If you guys had to choose "one" lens, what would it be?
One of the whole points of DSLRs is the interchangeable lens system. All of the all-in-one lenses make significant compromises in order to be all-in-one, and you may or may not like those compromises. I have at least five parallel sets of lenses: the 18-55/55-200 kit lenses, the 18-200 all-in-one, some slow zooms (12-24, 28-105, 50-500), fast zooms (24-70/f2.8, 80-200/f2.8 AFS) and some fast primes (35/f1.4, 50/f1.4, 135/f2, 180/f2.8, 400/f2.8). They all do different things, and make different tradeoffs. For example, that 400/f2.8 is really fast, really sharp and pretty long. It's also 11 lbs, attracts attention from non-photographers (and sometimes police) and will drain a checkbook in a flash...
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#2. "RE: Best Overall lens for Dx" | In response to Reply # 0JPJ Nikonian since 19th Aug 2009Sat 01-Jan-11 02:46 PM
For portraits and lanscapes you are looking at a range, I suspect, that goes as wide as possible to the low to mid-telephoto range.
Also, the d7000's resolution is starting to show the weakness in some of Nikon's kit lenses. Thom Hogan is his recent review of the d7000 noted that a small but discernible improvement could be seen in photos taken with the lenses I recommend below (as opposed to the kit lens, fyi he was using the 18-105 but the performance of this lens is on par with the 18-55 imo). See Hogan's review: http://bythom.com/nikond7000review.htm under the heading "resolution".
My choices in the above range (from Nikon) are the 16-85VR or the 17-55/2.8.
Nikon's 16-85 VR is a great lens for portraits and landscapes. 16-24mm is a good landscape range and the 50-85mm range is great for portraits. It is a variable aperture lens (3.5-5.6) but the optics are stellar. I would keep your 50/1.8 around in case you need to do any real low light shooing without a flash.
Personally I prefer the Nikon 17-55/2.8 for the better bokeh and 2.8 aperture throughout the range. I do wish it had the range of the 16-85 however. At 17-55 though it is big and heavy, noticeably more so than the 16-85. The 50-55mm range is fine for portraits but you will have to get close if you want to fill the frame.
There are some interesting 3rd party lenses. Sigma's 17-70 now has optical stability and although it is a variable aperture, it ranges from 2.8-4. I have never used this lens so I can't offer an opinion.
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