Thu 08-Apr-10 11:36 PM | edited Fri 09-Apr-10 01:43 AM by Sovelin
At the moment I have the D3000 with the stock 18-55mm lens. I'm going to be spending some time in the Caribbean, and I want a little more flexibility with my camera. I was thinking of purchasing a 55-200mm lens and a 35mm prime lens, but a friend of advised my that it would be better to sell my 18-55 lens and get the 55-200 and a 50mm prime. It will be less to carry and that should pretty much cover the range I want.
Can anyone give me some input on what would be a better route to go?
I would stay with your original plan! If it is in your budget the 70-300VR would give you a bit more reach and is a very sharp lens. If that is a bit too much, go for the 55-200mm and the 35mm.
If you sell your 18-55 and only have a 55-200mm you will find that it will not be wide enough and you will miss a lot of shots. I would also stay with your plan to get the 35mm which is close to a normal view and will help you when you need a low light lens.
Jerry Jaynes Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina
The 70-300 looks really nice, but it is just a bit pricey. What if I went for the 55-200 and went with the 50 prime over the 35 prime, and kept the 18-55? I wanted to keep my price range at $700, and on Amazon I'm at $705 with the 55-200 and the 50 prime.
Also, would the 35mm be noticeably better for low-light outdoor shots (sun setting) than the 50mm?
Since you have the D3000, I assume we are talking about the AFS version of each lens. The 50mm f/1.4 will get you about 2/3 stop more light than the 35mm f/1.8 will. However, at those f stops your depth of field is razor thin. The 35mm will get you a wider field of view.
Given your desires, I would recommend the 35mm for the wider view if you are selling the 18-55mm. If you are going to keep the wide-angle zoom, you will probably need to decide which prime's field of view better fits your shooting style.
---------+---------+---------+ Joseph K Seattle, WA, USA
if it were me knowing what i know now, I would get either the 18-105 or the 18-200. Ken Rockwell thinks the 18-200 is the perfect lens but i like the 105 being a little smaller and lighter. I don't need the extra reach.
Get one of those and forget about swapping out lens. I would not recommend the 18-135, the reviews bash it pretty badly. I have the 18-105 and its great wide open, at F8 it rocks.