I am in a process of purchasing Nikon D100. Please help me with the lens choices. I do jewellery photography and plan to buy NIKON 60MM/2.8 MICRO DAF Plus I would like to get a all in one lens for fun, something like NIKON 28-200MM/3.5-5.6 IF AF MACRO or a less expensive TAMRON 28-200MM XR, F3.8-5.6 Please help me to get the right lens for my camera. Thank you, Istvan
The 60mm lens will work well for your jewlery photography.
For an additional lens, the 28-200 will suffice but it might not give you the best quality images. All zoom lenses are a compromize between zoom range and quality. You might consider the very well-regarded 28-105 unless you require the longer focal lenght. If you really want more focal length I'd still recommend the 28-105 plus an 80-200 or 70-300.
I agree with Victor - I own the 28-105 and it is a great/fun lens (great quality images that rival my pro glass too!). I use to own the 70-300 D and sold it for the 80-200 f2.8D, but I can vouch for the 70-300 ... it produces some very decent images. I would just avoid the long end (300mm) as I noticed quite a bit of pin cushion distortion. If you have the $$$, the 80-200 is an awesome piece of glass.
I have the 28-200 3.5-5.6 D IF AF and do not notice significant pincushioning at the 200mm end. Perhaps as an amateur, I'm not as discerning as you are. I certainly don't pretend to have the best eye.
Still, I'm curious. Distortion is much more pronounced near the edge of the lens's field of view, so the smaller D-1 or D-100 CCD will show significantly less distortion than 35mm film. Was this pincushioning with the 70-300 a problem when you shot with a digital body, or just with film?
In the 80-135 mm range at f/5.6 or so, my 28-200 gives me pictures whose crispness seems to me to be limited by the CCD pixel size as much as by the circle of confusion. At the extremes of the zoom range, I see small but definite spherical aberration, but no obvious distortion or chromatic aberration.
Also, I mostly shoot outdoors, where I would rather use a slightly distorting lens and not get as much dust on the CCD as I would by switching among primes or between normal/wide-angle and telephoto zooms. This might not be suitable for your work, but for recreational shooting it's my choice.
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I have the 28-105 as my primary lens and really like it. However, I often wish I had a slightly wider angle lens. The new 24-120 AFS-VR F3.5-5.6 lens to me might be the ideal answer. It brackets the focal length offered by the 28-105 and offers VR to boot.