I also just ordered a d200 from berger bros from Lisa (thanks for the tip) Lisa was great. I am a new DSLR and Nikon owner and will be buying lenses to live with the body. My thoughts are the lenses are less of a depriciating asset than the camera so I am budgeting to spend a little more hoping to keep the lenses for a long time. I am planning on a SB 800 and to start 3 lenses in the 500 - 1600 dollar range. 4G card + card reader. Any thoughts on the lenses as this is where Im a little stuck. The VR feature seems like a benefit but the lenses arent as fast. I was thinking...
the 10.5 mm fisheye (I've never used a dslr fisheye lense - sounds like fun...) 17-55 f/2.8 dx (somewhat limited but a good lense) 70-200 f/2.8 VR ( I would think this is a good lense, but have no experience w/it) the new 18-200 VR (very versatile, any thoughts?)
any other suggestions would be appreciated. I'll be shoting nature, sports, pretty much anything and everything.
A pro starter lens would actually be the 24-120 VR nikkor. Its versatile, sharp and extremely well liked by many professional portrait and photojournalists as one of the best "people" lenses (that is what your profile says you like to shoot most, right?)
IMHO, the term "pro" is really a misnomer in the Nikkor world as pretty much any Nikkor these days gives outstanding results. Pros sometimes use the less expensive lenses like the 24-120 because they offer more optins without having to change lenses. With the VR feature you also get a functionally very fast lens.
I do not recommend the 10.5 mm unless you have money to burn as that is pretty much a non-standard lens that you may find, gets relatively little use once the novelty wears out. Instead save your money for a backup drive, Photoshop CS2, a decent tripod and ballhead.
The D200 will be my first digital and I will not have a lot of glass money left over. I plan to get a 12-24DX to go with my existing 28-105 and 80-200 2.8. That leaves a little gap between 24 and 28mm but that's no big deal. I've got a 20 2.8 that will make a nice compact "35mm" prime.
>The D200 will be my first digital and I will not have a lot >of glass money left over. >
I'm in the same situation. I've been thinking about the following lenses to go with my D200:
Nikkor 35mm f/2 to use as a "normal" prime, and I can use it on my N80.
Sigma 10-20mm DX to cover the extreme wide-angle end. (Has good reviews, and half the price of the Nikkor 12-24DX).
Nikkor 18-55 DX or 18-70 DX to use a general purpose "walk around" lens.
I'm leaning towards the 18-55 since it's inexpensive, but I'm not sure if it would be up to D200 quality. I don't want to spend a lot of money on DX glass, I'd prefer to buy glass I can use on both cameras.
I could probably get by just fine with the glass I already own, but since I've been anticipating the D200 release for over a year, a few extras couldn't hurt!
Lots of good advice so far. By far the lens I use most often is the 24-120VR, and I can't wait to get my hands on the 18-200VR. With the VR, you can get handheld shots that would otherwise take a tripod.
But the 24-120VR is not an exact substitute for a faster lens, because you often can't open up wide enough to really separate the subject from the background. For that you need a fast constant-aperture lens like the 70-200VR -- big, heavy and pricey but well worth the hassle and expense. It's the lens I use next most often. If you're going to shoot a lot of sports you'll definitely need something like the 70-200VR, and might consider a teleconverter. Many of the pros prefer the TC-17EII.
I'd classify the 10.5mm fisheye as a "fun" lens -- I don't use mine much but it's fun when I do.
The 17-55 f2.8 and 28-70 f2.8 are fantastic lenses, but they are BIIIG. Someone said the 28-70 looked like a coffee can mounted on the camera. I have to be doing serious shooting to use my 28-70 -- otherwise I tend to just use the 24-120VR.
If you're not an experienced SLR user you might want to start with the 24-120VR (or the 18-200VR if it's available when you get your D200) and then see what you really wind up shooting and what you lenses you will need for it.