Hi, I plan on buying the D7000 with 18-105mm lens kit. This will be my first DSLR and I have a budget so don't want to buy "professional" lenses at this point. I guess most of my picture taking is during travel ( I like to take cruises). Also interested in Macro photography - flowers, insects, etc. When not travel most of pics would be family events indoors and outdoors. Any suggestions on lenses to start with????????
Sounds like you could benefit from a flash to take along with you. The built in flash isn't that great. I have a SB-400 that I really like for travel and family shots. It's light enough to put in your pocket, or just leave it attached to the hot shoe. You can bounce it when in landscape orientation, which looks very nice compared to direct for snapshots of the family on cruise ships
Your lens sounds pretty good. I don't have any experience with the 18-105, but have read good things. I have a 35 1.8G that I use a lot. It's also nice and small, and can be used for some nice people photos, and the price is good.
I bought the body only and have no experience with the 18mm - 105mm. I started with the 35mm 1.8 and like it. I also bought a 55 - 200 for $150 refurbished and use much more than I thought I would. My favorite lens is my 10-24 but its $850.00. I agree with the above. Shoot with the 18-105 then add as needed.
I have a bunch of pro glass. And a bunch of pro cameras. My 18-105 was hanging off my D3s last night as my backup for shooting an outdoor bikini contest. My primary was my D800/70-200/2.8
I have used the 18-105 for numerous pro shoots when appropriate. It's more than good enough if you've got the light. People are FAR too fast to discount kit lenses. Most of them are quite good optically. And the 18-105 is a VR2 lens. Used with care, it will make you look like a hero.
Thanks for input. I do have the book "Mastering the Nikon D7000" by Darrell Young. So starting to read it. Yes I have heard that using the camera with the lens kit for a while before getting a more lenses is a good way to go. I was thinking of getting the 55-300mm lens with the kit so I can save $150 - so for an extra $230 I can have 2 lenses with 18mm to 300mm range.
Sounds like I should purchase a flash before additional lenses at the beginning. I was looking at the SB-700. The SB-600 is discontinued, but found one on line but it was only about $50-$60 less than the 700.
I have quite a few lenses, but currently, my favourite is the 35mm f/1.8 AFS G DX. It's small, fast and very sharp - great for street shooting where it has a focal length equivalent of about 52mm on a DX body like the D7000.
Limiting yourself to just one focal length on a photo walk can be a really great exercise to strengthen your composition skills and, once you get used to that focal length, you can pre-visualize images before raising the camera to your eye. You work the scene and zoom with your feet!
The 18-105mm is a great lens. I've really enjoyed mine. Nikon wouldn't sell a mediocre lens in a kit with a camera such as the D7000. I'd shoot with this lens for a while (six months? longer?) to see where your interests evolve. It is at this point that you can decide if you want higher image quality, greater portability, more reach, wider view, much wider view, weather proofing, larger aperture, faster autofocus, macro, readiness for a teleconverter, ..., and the list goes on.
I bought my D7000 w/ the 18-105 VR and the 70-300mm VR so I could get the 70-300mm VR for $150 less. I would say start there and either get a 35mm F1.8G or a 50mm (Several to choose from, 50mm F1.8D, 50mm F1.8G, and 50mm F1.4G, listed from cheapest). The prime would be your indoor low light lens... then get a flash. I have the SB-400 and now a SB-910. The SB-400 is great for landscape pics bouncing the light up... I got the SB-910 for being able to bounce when tilting camera position and the power.... SB-700 would be a great flash to start with..
I agree with a lot of the posters. I wouldn't get any other lenses for at least a year. By my research, it seems the 18-105 is a pretty good lens. It scales to 27-157 in full frame terms. That would have been one hell of a nice normal range when I bought my first AF camera.
I started in photography in college, and used a MF Canon AE-1 Program with two prime lenses. 15 years later, I upgraded to AF. I was on a budget, and was relearning photography in the era of AF/Matrix/etc. I bought one cheap body (N60) and two small primes (50 f1.8 and 24 f2.8). I used them for a year. The next year I bought two zooms (28-105 and 70-300 ED). I used those four lense for a year. The next year I upgraded my body to an N80, and added an ultrawide zoom (18-35). This continued to digital, and so on, to the present. With each year, I learned my new equipment, maintained my budget, and developed a desire/need for something new to expand my possibilities.
A D7000 is a very high level starter camera. I think you can learn a whole lot with just that and your 18-105. You might consider the SB400 flash, now. For about $100, it's much better than your on-camera flash, and it tilts. Otherwise, I'd phase in new equipment as you grow and learn what you need, and what you like to shoot.
The 18-105 is very good as others have said. I will echo the advice to use just this lens for a few months before deciding on your next lens purchase. I have been very happy with my 18-105, especially when using some care to choosing apertures that will produce sharpest results at different focal lengths.You may find that your next lens will need to be longer or wider depending on your shooting style.
If you need a different lens for macro photography there are several excellent choices available from Nikon and third party lens makers. I use a Sigma 70mm f/2.8 which is a very sharp macro lens but could be equally happy with several other choices.
One nice feature of the 18-105vr is the very close focusing, it is the the best fake macro I have in that from a couple feet you can fill the frame with one flower zoomed to 105mm.
I concur with the suggestions to use the 18-105 until you discover the real goal of your photography. Everyone seems to gravitate towards a limited number of subjects and those subjects often benefit from specialized lenses that are compromises on other subjects. After a few thousand shots you will probably have strong preferences for subjects.
The one accessory that expands the capability of any lens you have, and almost any sort of subject options is a good flash like the SB700. I would not recommend the SB400 unless the person was interesting in tiny size over all other considerations. For everything else, the SB700 would deliver more, and more often. Learning to use it right is a craft in its own right, but it is not hard and the improvement in quality and control of the creative process make any learning curve well worth it. Badly used, it can ruin a shot also.
Depending on subject matter, a decent, but not great tripod allows a lot of technical improvements in photography. Plan on getting one in the not too distant future. Have fun, it is a good combination of tools. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Thu 05-Apr-12 03:42 AM | edited Thu 05-Apr-12 03:43 AM by Clint S
If your budget can allow it, get the 70-300 and the discount. That is a lens that can stay with you for while because of the reach at 300mm and a very decent lens. If you decide you do not need that much reach later, it has a good resale value.
You could forgo the flash as the D7000 has very decent images even shooting at ISO 3200, which is pretty dim light. You'll just want to ensure your photos are a touch on the overexposure end vs under exposure. Plus the flash will add another level of complexity to an unready complex camera.
I'd also buy Lightroom (LR) - more for the photo cataloging process, but when (if) you decide you need other lenses you can then use a filter function in the program to see what mm settings you shoot at the most. LR will also enable you to keyword your photos and find them rapidly when you want them. You'll have the ability to process your images with some great software that is on par with Photoshop. Additionally LR gives you the ability to export your photos for a variety of uses.
Thanks everyone for you advice. I purchased the D7000 a few days ago with the 18-105 lens kit. I also got the 55-300 lens to take advantage of the $150 off. I still looking at a Macro lens but have not made a decision.