I'm a student planning to go into photography. I recently picked up an N80 as my starting platform for a housing, and i only hope to make money with it to get a better body. Till then all i have is the stock 35mm to 85mm 4.6-5.8, where the pics are nice, but i'm looking for more. I'd like to get something with a f/2.8 or lower, and optics that are worth what i'm paying for. I dont have thousands to invest, but i bet i can squirt out a few good hundread. If anyone can gimmie a starting point i'd be very appreciative.
ps if you have any eq that you'd like to donate and use as a tax write off i'd be more than happy to help out...i'd also like anyone to offer me their quality used eq if they have any, thanx.
Welcome. The bargain of the Nikkor line is the normal AF 50mm f/1.8 lens that you can pick up brand new for less than a hundred bucks (GREY US$90, USA US$96). For landscapes a super wide angle like the AF 20mm f/2.8D AIS (GREY US$425, USA US$480) would be great, but a AF 24mm f/2.8 wide angle (GREY US$290, USA US$300) is easier to handle in terms of perspective lines (most noticeable in architecture) and is less expensive but with excellent performance too. For models, portraiture is well taken care of with a moderate telephoto lens like an 85mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor (GREY US$330, USA US$385) or the 105mm f/2.8 D AF Micro Nikkor Lens (GREY US$540, USA US$650) Prices are for brand new lenses at my favorite store: B & H Photo and Video I wish you the best of luck in following your photographic vocation. Have a great time JRP My profile Previous photography stuff, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
24mm AFD - New $900 (AUD) 50mm AFD - New $650 (AUD) 105mm Micro AFD - New $1300 (AUD) 180mm AFD - New $1900 (AUD)
All F2.8 versions apart from the F1.4 50mm
The 24mm is rare second hand. The 50mm is fairly common at about $450 The 105mm micro is sort of common for about $900 and I've seen a good 180mm for $900 - acutally I'm seriously tempted my self, cept that I want some longer - but I've got a good 300mm F2.8 in sight.
An 80-200mm Zoom would set you back between $2000 - $3500 here depending on the version.
Consider the 28-105. It is as good a lens as one can buy within that focal range. You could certainly sell images made with this lens shooting both portrait and nature. Additionally, and get some decent filters and a tripod and flash and have at it.
If you need a quality lens for nature shots and models, I would recommend the 28-105 over the 60mm. They are both the same price and filter size. But even though the 60 is a sharper lens (it is a prime) it isn't as versatile a lens as the 28-105 for nature and models. Yes the 60 is sharper for closeups too, but as a macro lens for nature shots it is rather limited in the subject to distance range; same for the 28-105 in macro mode. However, as a nature lens the 28-105 is just more versatile than the 60. Nothing like a sharp, nearly distortion free 28mm lens when you want one in the field; and in that department the 28-105 delivers.
As for models you want anything from 28 for a full body shot to a 105 for a pleasing portrait, here too the 60 and the 28-105 are both suitable, but again the 28-105 is more versatile. When you are in a studio and you want the entire body you may find a 60 a bit limiting. Also a 60 is n't as good as a 105 for portraits.