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
#1. "RE: Zoom Lens to go with the D50?" | In response to Reply # 0edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Mon 17-Apr-06 11:48 AM
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Check out the 70-300 G lens -- They sell new at B&H for bwtween $100 and $150.
Be aware the Gray market lens is not repairable in the US for love or money while the other lens has a 5 year warrantee.
I assume you want to get closer up pictures of a subject because you can not easily walk to it.
Tamron, tokina, and sigma make versions of this lens with a little better build. There is also a D version -- which is probably not worth the difference in money.
#2. "RE: Zoom Lens to go with the D50?" | In response to Reply # 1Robin714 Registered since 12th Nov 2005Mon 17-Apr-06 11:57 AM
Yes, I'm looking to get closer shots as I am not as close as I want to be. I want to be able to zoom in on things that are fare away. Thanks for the 70-300 G info. I think I will buy that one for now until I learn about the camera more and then upgrade to the 18-200.
Thanks for your help.
#3. "RE: Zoom Lens to go with the D50?" | In response to Reply # 0
Another very fine general purpose zoom to consider is the Nikkor 28-200 mm G lens, which can be had new for about $270 through various Internet sites. It's very light-weight and compact and produces razor sharp images. It also has a short minimum focus distance, even at 200 mm, which means it can get near-macro shots. Check out the very positive Nikonian review of the lens.