LAST EDITED ON Dec-12-00 AT 07:37 AM (GMT)
I am planning to get an N-65, but I may need help deciding on which lens to get. I can get the body plus a 28-80 f3.5-5.6D lens and a 80-200 f4.5-5.6D lens in a kit for $399.99 plus shipping. But am wondering if I should just get the body and a single better quality lens like the 28-105 f3.5-4.5D. I am also looking at possibly getting a lens from some other company like Tokina or Tamron. I am only a regular consumer but I would like to get into amature photography sometime down the road. I'm looking for any advice you could give me on what lens(es) to start out with without spending too much money.
thanks for any help.
#1. "RE: which lense to get" | In response to Reply # 0Rick Wiese Basic MemberTue 12-Dec-00 07:01 AM
Glad to hear you're thinking of taking up photography. It should give you a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction. I think your lens choice might best be based on what kind of photography you think you might be interested in. If you're looking to do something like sports or wildlife photography, then you definitely would need at least the 80-200 zoom (a 70-300 would be even better). If you're just interested in basic landscapes, portraits, snapshots, etc., then I'd probably recommend the Nikkor 28-105. I have that lens myself (on an N80) and it's simply a wonderful, sharp, versatile lens. It gives you the convenience of a pretty good range of focal length in a small enough package to carry around easily. It is a better lens than the two that come with the package, although the package seems like a very good deal. As far as Tamron and Tokina go, they make very good lenses that might be a good fit if you're on a tight budget. I love the Tokina AT-X line, but I don't think they'll fit the budget you're looking at. But both those companies make nice amateur lenses that are often better suited to an amateur's budget than the Nikkors. Sigma also makes some nice lenses at low prices, but I'm not sure they're quite as durable as some of the others. If you consider the non-Nikkor lenses, it might not be a bad idea to look closely at a particular lens' features, for instance, it is a nice feature for a lens to have "low dispertion" glass, which will usually produce a bit sharper image than regular glass. I hope I've been able to help you a bit. Let us know what you decide!
#2. "RE: which lense to get" | In response to Reply # 1ryan5175 Basic MemberTue 12-Dec-00 11:36 AM
Thanks for the advice Rick. For right now I am mostly looking at just doing all around photography but as I get more into it I would like to do both landscapes and wildlife, I am also interested in macro photography. I would like to know if anyone has any experience with both the lenses that I mentioned come in the package and the 28-105, I'm trying to decide if I should get the pair of lenses or spend a little more and just go with the single lens and sacrifice the range of the two?
#3. "RE: which lense to get" | In response to Reply # 2FrankB Basic MemberTue 12-Dec-00 07:10 PM
I've just been in the same boat myself, and asked a very similar question (check the thread on the F80 owners forum).
In the end I went for the 28-105; a better quality lens, a zoom range that covers most situations, a handy macro mode, a metal mount, etc, etc.
Best wishes for your impending purchase,
...A Nikon is for life, not just for Christmas!