help with picking a telephoto (or zoom) lens
I'm very new to the subject of photography in general (I dont even get my N80 till the 29th of August) so far I've purchased a Nikkor 50mm 1.8 lens, but I want to be able to shoot distance as well, my friends seem to be divided on the subject of fixed focal length, and zoom lenses, I dont have a lot of money to dole out on a lens but it seems zoom lenses are fairly affordable, is the difference between fixed and zoom really so noticible? and would anyone have a recommendation for an AF lens that would suit me? (prefereably Nikkor and under 400 bucks, feel free to point and laugh if thats an outragously low sum of money)
I appreciate any help or input I can get, thanks.
#1. "RE: help with picking a telephoto (or zoom) lens" | In response to Reply # 0DaveDosch Basic MemberMon 28-Aug-00 11:27 AM
Sounds to me that you want something like the Nikon 75-240 f4-5.6 (~$135), 70-210 f4-5.6 (~$290) or 70-300 f4-5.6 (~$315). I would also recommend adding a 28mm to your collection. Try checking out
for reviews of different lenses.
I personally like to carry a lens with a wider range then Nikon makes, 28-300. My choice was the Sigma 28-300 f3.5-5.6 because I liked the feel and quality but there are a lot of other lens makers that produce a similar lens for less money.
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#2. "RE: help with picking a telephoto (or zoom) lens" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberMon 28-Aug-00 11:29 AM
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Let me preface my comments with the following: I don't have a lot of experience, nor do I have a lot of lenses that said, I've been very happy with my lens system (all Nikkor): af 50 f/1.8, af 28-105d, and the af 70-300 d ed. I bought both zooms under $400 each and find them to be sharp and contrasty for the type of photography I like to do. These are "consumer" lenses and don't quite match the quality of the pricey 2.8 zooms - but they don't cost $1000 either. (Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have the 2.8 Nikkors (AF-S, please) but my budget won't allow it right now.) I'd love to use primes, but todays zooms (especially the prosumer 2.8's) are a great if not excellent buy.
I did use a prime 20mm and was extremely happy with it and will be replacing it soon, although with a 24mm (at least thats the plan as of today). I like primes on the wide end because they tend to correct for distortions (I find slight barrel distortion on my 28-105 at the 28 setting) while encompasing rooms for interior shots (I tend to shoot architecture and interiors). I don't have any experience on the pricey 17-35 or 20-35 2.8 Nikkors but being high end, I would assume that they correct for these distortions pretty well.
My two cents. Hope it helps. Happy Shooting!
#3. "RE: help with picking a telephoto (or zoom) lens" | In response to Reply # 2Gryph Basic MemberMon 28-Aug-00 09:57 PM
Cool, thanks a lot for the advice peoples, I'll price some of those lenses when I go down to pick up my camera tomorrow, I dont plan on doing any serious photography for a long time, by the time I would need them I'm sure I'd have the money to afford them
#4. "RE: help with picking a telephoto (or zoom) lens" | In response to Reply # 3jrp Charter MemberMon 28-Aug-00 10:10 PM
I have to concur with my fellow Nikonians.
A 70-300mm f/4-5.6 and a wide angle 20mm, 24mm or 28mm (depending on your personal taste and ability to handle perspective) will be a great set to complement your 50mm.
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