Could you recommend me some lenses for the D300
To start with an all round lens up to about 55mm and a good
Lens for landscapes/urban
#2. "RE: D300 Lens " | In response to Reply # 0JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Sun 13-Oct-13 08:37 PM
If I was building a DX system from scratch, I would probably go with the 16-85mm and the 70-300mm VR as the starting blocks. From there I would add as needed following the "right tool for the job" philosophy.
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50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX
#3. "RE: D300 Lens " | In response to Reply # 0TomCurious Registered since 03rd Jan 2007Mon 14-Oct-13 12:11 AM | edited Mon 14-Oct-13 12:14 AM by TomCurious
I'll list a few lenses that I have used and liked. You don't need to buy all of them at once, just pick what works best for your intended use and start with that.
1. You request of "all around" lens: Nikon 18-105 DX
This lens is optically very good, better than it's price would suggest, and frequently sold as a kit lens with DX cameras. It can often be had for around $250 used from folks who got it with the kit and have outgrown it. For this very reason (you may outgrow it), I don't recommend to spend too much money on such lens. I.e. you could go for the newer 18-140, or the slightly better 16-85 but those will cost you much more without showing much difference in your results.
2. Expand your horizons in both directions:
Wide Angle: Nikon 10-24mm DX
Telephoto: Nikon 70-300mm VR
These are also excellent lenses, and will cover you for landscapes up to wildlife. The wide angle lens is a bit on the expensive side, as good wide angles usually are, so if that is a concern you can save some money with alternative brands like Tokina which are also very good.
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Nikon 85mm f/1.8
This series of Nikon f/1.8 lenses is very good and opens another dimension for you: the subject isolation afforded by the fast aperture, as well as the ability to shoot in low light. Depending on your goals you can pick which prime to to get first, i.e. the 35/1.8 works on your D300 like a "normal" lens for universal use. The others are a bit longer and will work well for portraits.
Hope this helps!
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#4. "RE: D300 Lens " | In response to Reply # 0Ferguson Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004Mon 14-Oct-13 12:35 AM
I'm going to go against the grain and mention the 18-200. That lens had a great range for the DX, its quality gets some abuse but for the resolution of the D300 it was decent and the zoom range unbeatable. My wife did a whole Africa safari with it and a D80.
There are better lenses at every focal length; but there's no other ONE lens you can do it with. Very nice for travel, or for environments where you don't want to carry, or change, lenses.
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#5. "RE: D300 Lens " | In response to Reply # 4timpsm Registered since 17th Sep 2010Mon 14-Oct-13 12:51 AM
+1 I second the 18-200. You always get the shot because you always have the right lens for the job already on the camera.
(given adequate light - if you are shooting in bars or evening ball games it is not fast enough)
#6. "RE: D300 Lens " | In response to Reply # 0
My favorite DX zoom lens was the Nikon 16-85mm VR. Excellent optically while being fairly compact and easy to carry. Covers a nice range from wide angle to a short tele for impromptu portraits.
My second (and very close to first) choice is the swiss-army knife do-it-all Nikon 18-200mm VR zoom lens. This lens is very capable of capturing some terrific images once I learned it's little idiosyncrasies. A little patience (when using VR) to let it stabilize before taking the shot can make a world of difference in its performance.
For a fixed lens, the Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX is a very nice sharp compact lens as well. It's small size won't intimidate most people on the street like the large 18-200 VR may. My copy was just a little bit soft wide open (as some fixed lenses can be, sample variations?), but extremely sharp at f2.2 and on.
#8. "RE: D300 Lens " | In response to Reply # 7espeto68 Nikonian since 28th Aug 2010Mon 14-Oct-13 01:21 PM | edited Mon 14-Oct-13 01:22 PM by espeto68
+1 on the 16-85 and 70-300 VR (also a 35 1.8G).
That's my "light" DX setup for travelling.
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#9. "RE: D300 Lens " | In response to Reply # 0
I've always considered the 16-85 to be overpriced garbage. f5.6 at 85MM means you are shooting at f8 most of the time. Fuggeddaboutit.
Tamron 17-55 f2.8 paired with a Sigma 50-150 f2.8. These 2 zooms will cover most anything.
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#10. "RE: D300 Lens " | In response to Reply # 9Photo_Art_W Nikonian since 21st Nov 2005Mon 14-Oct-13 03:48 PM
To each his own.
I compared my Nikon 16-85 against 2 different copies of the venerable Nikon17-55 f2.8 lens and it stood up quite well. Yes, it's not nearly as fast glass, but the 16-85 costs a fraction of the price, is lighter, far more compact, easy to carry, and has VR. It's meant for the consumer or possibly a pro-sumer user and performs quite admirably for the price. For my casual needs
photography it was the right choice for me.
I used to have the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and it wasn't too bad, but when I compared it to the Nikon zooms (16-85), it didn't fair so well in sharpness and contrast. So off it went to another user. It can be a great value if you get an excellent copy.
I've never tried the Sigma 50-150 so I can't comment on that particular lens.
My experiences with Sigma and Tamron zooms have left a bitter taste in my mouth about ever considering them again. However their prime macro lenses are excellent, even compared to Nikon versions.
Always good to hear others thoughts & opinions nonetheless!
#11. "RE: D300 Lens " | In response to Reply # 9briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Mon 14-Oct-13 07:56 PM | edited Mon 14-Oct-13 08:00 PM by briantilley
>I've always considered the 16-85 to be overpriced garbage.
The 16-85mm DX Nikkor is certainly not "garbage".
It is generally considered to be the best of the "consumer" DX standard zooms, though to be sure it is more expensive than other options like the 18-55mm and 18-105mm. When I had one, I was always quite happy to use it wide open when necessary.
>Tamron 17-55 f2.8 paired with a Sigma 50-150 f2.8.
Tamron do not make a 17-55mm lens, maybe you mean the 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II? Not everyone needs the f/2.8 maximum aperture anyway.
#12. "RE: D300 Lens " | In response to Reply # 11jcsocalphoto Nikonian since 18th Apr 2013Tue 15-Oct-13 09:45 PM
I read the thread and am not sure if you are looking for "professional" typel lenses (or as close as you can get), or standard lenses.
My 2 cents worth for DX would be:
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 (wide angle - very sharp lens)
Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 (excellent mid-range zoom and was on my D2Xs/D300 cameras most of the time)
Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 or 70-200mm for Telephoto (depending on budget)
Get the already mentioned 35mm f1.8 as it is an excellent lens (bar none).
This would be my lens brigade on DX and I'd be happy (and was, as I had them all ... after years of trying to find sharp, quality lenses for DX, these are the ones I settle on... and then had to trade them all out to go to full frame except for the 80-200/70-200 - but while I shot with them all, they were so very well worth it!).
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#13. "RE: D300 Lens " | In response to Reply # 12Wed 16-Oct-13 07:30 AM
>I read the thread and am not sure if you are looking for
>"professional" typel lenses (or as close as you can
>get), or standard lenses.
>My 2 cents worth for DX would be:
>Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 (wide angle - very sharp lens)
>Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 (excellent mid-range zoom and was on my
>D2Xs/D300 cameras most of the time)
>Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 or 70-200mm for Telephoto (depending on
>Get the already mentioned 35mm f1.8 as it is an excellent lens
I'm on a budget but looking to get the best I can afford. Pro level are a little out on price level at this point.
35mm f1.8 is on the way!