first of all i would like to introduce my self because this is my first post in this forum, my name is nad and im a doctor, I had a nikon D5100 for the past year and i did learn alot about photography, you can say im an intermediate experienced photographer, ever since i holded a D7000 few months ago I've been in love with this camera, i sold my D5100 a week ago and thinking of getting D7000/D7100 but mostly leaning towards the D7100 because i prefer to have the latest technology.
enough said, i have also 35mm 1.8G, i used to have the 18-55mm but sold it with my D5100 and im a little bit confused towards my next purchase of lens with the D7100, my type of photography is mostly street,people,landscape, general and low ligh (thats why i got my 35mm), now im considering getting the 18-105 kitt lens with D7100
what do you think ? should i invest in another lens as the 18-200? whats the advantages over the 18-105 (i know for sure its not the price )
i would like to get few perspectives from you guys about the new D7100 especially if you had a previous D7000
#1. "RE: what lens for D7100 ??" | In response to Reply # 0moizes Nikonian since 19th May 2006Wed 24-Apr-13 01:03 PM | edited Wed 24-Apr-13 01:07 PM by moizes
Welcome, Doctor! In my experience with D7100, the best lenses for casual everyday shooting, Nikkor 16-85 and Tamron 70-300 VC (which is the best long zoom in its class today, I think) is very good combo in your case. Happy shooting! Dimitri.
#2. "RE: what lens for D7100 ??" | In response to Reply # 1Wed 24-Apr-13 01:15 PM
i was thinking of getting the 70-300 nikon after a while , for the time being im looking for a general walk around lens and the nikkor 16-85 is pricy and it doesnt cover the range of 18-105
i dont know about the quality and sharpness compared between these two lens
#3. "RE: what lens for D7100 ??" | In response to Reply # 0
First of all welcome to our nikonian group. I would also like to ad that one of my daughters and her husband are now in your country visiting for the first time and they love it.
In reference to your question about the new D7100 and a lens, I suggest that you visit my website where you will see a lot of pictures taken with my new D7100 and the 18-300mm lens during my recent trip to Costa Rica. Just click on the upper tabs and all the pictures with a caption mentioning Costa Rica were taken with the above mentioned combination. I am glad I chose this combo since I have been having a lot of back problems and I thought that with the 18-300mm would cover everything I wanted. By the way, this is the lens that I use as walk around with my D7100. I kept my D7000 as a backup camera because it is also an excellent body. With the new technology we can afford to buy slower lenses since we can push the ISO to 3200 as I did in many occasions with very little or no noise.
Good luck with your decision.
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#5. "RE: what lens for D7100 ??" | In response to Reply # 4Wed 24-Apr-13 03:29 PM
thank you all for your kindness
i would like to point out that i have also the 35mm 1.8G so i dont see the advantages of the Tamron 24 to 70 f2.8 or the sigma 17-70 2.8 (am i right to think that ??)
i would like to cover the general purpose range and i thought the 18-105 might be a good lens for that
regarding the 18-300 - its too much pricy for me (maybe i'll get 70-300 after a while )
im confused right now on whether to get the 18-105 or squeeze my self alittle bit and get the 18-200
#6. "RE: what lens for D7100 ??" | In response to Reply # 5DaveSoderlund Nikonian since 29th May 2010Wed 24-Apr-13 06:03 PM
I own a D90 and a new D7100, and beween us my wife and I have all four the lenses you just mentioned. The comments that follow are based on our experiences.
The performance of the 18-105, for a kit lens, is under-appreciated. Mine came with my D90, but I eventually replaced it with the 16-85 for several reasons: the extra 2 mm on the wide end makes a huge difference; the metal (vs plastic) mounting plate is more robust; and, the 16-85 has a distance scale, thereby allowing me to adjust focus manually to a selected hyperfocal distance (especially useful in the dark!). The IQ may be a bit better on the 16-85, but on most images I can't tell from looking which lens was used. The 16-85 lived on my D90 and now resides on my D7100 most of the time. However, on a recent trip where I wanted to travel light I chose the 18-105 as my only zoom lens because it offered a little more on the telephoto end.
My wife has the 18-200 (newer VR II version) on her D90, and for her spontaneous style of shooting it is just great. It is her "walk-around" lens. I find it a bit lacking in IQ compared to the 16-85, and I also find the zoom creep (and the need to engage the lock to keep the lens from extending when carried) to be annoying. I personally don't miss the telephoto range because I have the Nikkor 70-300 VR, which is a real sleeper of a lens. It is very sharp out to 200mm and not bad even all the way out to 300mm.
So, (as usual) it all depends. Want a one-lens solution? 18-200. Want one lens for now, putting off lens proliferation decisions for later? 18-105. Want a quality DX 2-lens kit that covers the full range of focal lengths? 16-85 plus 70-300. The last option was the right one for me, but it might not be for you (it wasn't for my wife!). The good news is all of these lenses are reasonably priced and will allow you to grow into your D7100.
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#7. "RE: what lens for D7100 ??" | In response to Reply # 5RBHJr Registered since 26th Mar 2013Wed 24-Apr-13 06:11 PM
First of all, welcome to the community.
Second... well, it depends on what you're planning to shoot. We're just talking about tools here.
I think you mentioned street photography. If so, a fairly wide angle lens will come in handy. The 18~105 is about the equivalent of a 28mm lens on the wide side which is not too bad. The 16~85 works out to about 24mm on the short side so it might be marginally better for street photography. However, as you mentioned, it's rather pricy.
Either the 18~200 or the 18~300 might make a good all purpose walk around lens but they're both on the large and weighty side. Not to mention pricy. Still, they're an option.
My personal kit consists of the aforementioned 16~85 and a 70~300 with a 60mm micro thrown in every now and then.
I guess the most economical choice might be to get the 18~105 kit lens with your D7100. From what I've read this is a very good lens for the money and I'm sure it'll keep you busy for a good while.
I haven't checked lately but there are often good deals on this kit and with the spring holiday season just around the corner I would expect to see some of those deals popping up very soon.
#8. "RE: what lens for D7100 ??" | In response to Reply # 7Wed 24-Apr-13 07:02 PM
thank you for the responces
i think for the time being im going to get a 18-105 or if i found a used 18-200 in good shape, after a while when i get used to my D7100 I'll figure out what the best next lens for me .
i think i love this site
thanks alot guys
#9. "RE: what lens for D7100 ??" | In response to Reply # 8Otsego Photog Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2012Thu 25-Apr-13 06:08 PM
I am moving to the D7100 in the next 45 days (hip surgery first) and will rent a few lens before making a purchase. I did that when I went from my D80 to the D7000 and was please with the experience. I do have the 18 - 300 now on the D7000 and really like the results that I am getting. When I start to rent lens I will use the following order, renting each lens for about a week. The list 14 - 24 /2.8, 105 micro, 16 - 35/f4, 85/1.8 and the 16 - 85dx. By renting and using the various lens you can get a really good input on how you are using your equipment. I would recommend using a tripod and hand holding for each lens tried. Good Luck and welcome to "Nikonians"
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#10. "RE: what lens for D7100 ??" | In response to Reply # 9Fri 26-Apr-13 07:17 PM
renting a lens for a try out seems like a nice idea
unfortunately its kinda of pricy in my country (about 70-80$ for 2 days and about 100$ for a weekend)
you mentioned alot of lenses that im not intersted into except for the 16-85Dx , obviously you do this for a living and for me its just that i love the time i spent holding my dslr and trying to capture a beautiful photographs and editing them in lightroom/photoshop.
sadly i dont have a good second market used lenses .
#11. "RE: what lens for D7100 ??" | In response to Reply # 0
If you just want a walkabout lens and are not hypercritical about image quality (i.e., are not going to make 13 - 17" print) then an 18-200 or 18-300 superzoom might just be the ticket.
However, if you need tack-sharp telephoto images, you will want a dedicated tele and maybe a two-lens kit. The superzooms suffer a little bit at the long end. If you want high-quality wide angle, maybe a three lens kit is the way to go.
I have a 12-24, 18-70, and 70-300 for my D100/D7100 cameras. If I need longer reach, then I go for the 80-400 VR. The short lenses are mandatory for landscape photos, and the long lenses are good for zoos or natural environment animal shots. For around town, the 18-70 is enough for almost everything and is very sharp throughout.