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Zoom Lens to go with the D50?


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Robin714 Registered since 12th Nov 2005
Mon 17-Apr-06 01:31 PM

I got the D50 (first DSLR) for Christmas but haven't had the time to learn anything about it. I have been using it all this time with the settings on Auto. Since I have always used a point and shoot, to me this camera is taking beautiful pictures with everyting on Auto. I am now able to take some time to learn the camera and my photoshop elements software so I ordered the Introduction to the D50 DVd and the Magic Lantern guide to the D50.
The one thing that I have noticed with the pictures I have taken since Christmas is that I definitely need a zoom lens. I only have the kit lens. So I am looking for a beginner zoom lens to go with it. I know that I want the new 18-200 VR but that is 750.00 and I don't know if with me being just a beginner if I would use it to it's full potenital. Is there a cheaper good zoom for a beginner till I am more experienced to get the 18-200 or should I just wait till I have enough money and buy the 18-200 VR as that is eventually the only lens I will be using. This is just for everyday and holiday picture taking. I'm going to Disney in November and hope to get good pictures there also. I just like to have good pictures when I take them.
Thanks for any help