I'm considering purchasing a new D7000 this week. Should I get the body and a different lens than the kit lens? I have a D80 that has a 18-105 mm kit lens, 50 mm lens and a Tamron macro lens. My hubby would like to start using the old D80 camera and let me use the new D7000. Most people say the kit lens is not that good so what are your thoughts about a different lens?
I don't know which lens is the kit lens for this body, but I have the 18-55VR and frankly within its design capabilities (ie it's not an f/1.2 lens) it's a pretty d*mn good lens. It is WAY better optically than people seem to think, and since I own five prime macro lenses I think I know what sharp is.
If you're looking for something "built like the pyramids" the 18-55VR is not your lens, but if you just want something that's sharp and colorful, it really is pretty hard to do a lot better. Many people have upgraded to the 17-55/f2.8 and been surprised at how small the difference is.
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The 17-55 is a very nice lens, but it isn't really going to expand your capabilities much, except for wider aperture.
If you like shooting flowers, you may enjoy a 90 or 105mm macro lens, which would also double as a fast portrait lens. The Nikon 105 VR is great, but so are the Sigma and Tamron macros in that focal length. If you're inclined to buy used, you should find a good selection here and from on-line retailers.
My next choice would be to go for a longer zoom, such as a 70-300, if you frequently find that the 18-135 doesn't get you close enough. The Nikon 70-300 VR or the Tamron 70-300 SP VC are good choices.
A super wide zoom, like the Sigma 8-16 would be fun, but it isn't going to do much for you for flowers or grandchildren.
Depending on your budget, you may be able to get more than one of these, especially if you buy used.
I like the 35mm f1.8 for kids indoor. Great deal at about $200. Is fast and don't need a flash. Sometimes a flash is too disruptive. Then you got to set the bounce and correct for flash color. Doesn't come out looking natural unless you set up carefully. Also kids love it when I do a freeze shot of them jumping from bed to bed doing silly tricks in mid air. For that, just set ISO to max and over 1/500 sec. Kids don't care about pixel quality
You can actually get the 18-200mm in a "kit" now. It is still my favorite of all times for a walk around lens on a DX body. This will also give you a good idea which focal lengths are most appropriate for the way you shoot.
I do have one more question. If you purchase just the D7000 body and do not get the kit lens. If you buy the same mm lens separately are you getting a better quality lens than the kit lens or are they the same? Thanks.
Sat 08-Sep-12 08:24 AM | edited Sat 08-Sep-12 08:25 AM by mklass
If you buy the same make and model lens, whether as a kit or separately, they are exactly the same.
If you are buying from someone who tries to up-sell you to a "better" lens of the exact same model, for instance by telling you the "better" lens has a metal mount ,run away. That seller is trying to scam you and shouldn't be trusted.
One thing to be aware of is that there may be older models of lenses, or apparently similar lenses that are truly different models. The Nikon 70-300, for instance, come is a model with VR and one without. The VR model is a very good lens and cost about 4 times as much as the non-VR model, which isn't a very good lens.