I sold my little D40 kit to my dad so the only nikon I have (besides F2) is an SB600 speed light. If I were to get a Nikon DSLR right now I believe I would get a D7000 right now. I gave both my AF-S lenses to my dad with the D40. I'd need to get a lens with it too. I'd have maybe a grand (USD) to spend on a lens. I have a 180 AIS I could use on the D7000 too. Two questions:
1. What lens for under $1000 would you get to pair with a D7000 as a generalist lens? (I favor build quality and IQ over the broadest range of zoom and would also consider a prime or two).
2. Is there any reason not to get a D7000 right now or something else you'd say was better for the money?
I might get an X100 in the near term as a light adjunct to a DSLR and wait to see what happens at photokina.
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>Take a look at the Nikon 18-300 VR as a good all-purpose lens >for the D7000. It is a great camera and that lens will give >you all you may need for most photos. > >Why wait? The D7000 is a huge advancement from the D40.
Agreed, it's an excellent all rounder and I believe is destined to become a Nikkor classic lens.
There are many lens that may fill your particular need. With that said, I suggest that you go to Thom Hogan's site - bythom.com - and look in the nikon section. He gives a review of many Nikon lens and 3rd party lens, too. His site will address many of the questions you may have. There are several other sites such as Ken Rockwell and LensRentals, that offer reviews. With these sites and the excellent recommendations from Nikonians you are certain to address yours needs.
Regarding the D7000, I believe it offers many options that you will learn to appreciate. It will not make you a better photographer but it will give you the opportunity to become one. Good luck in your search.
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Hello Tony, My favorite lens to pair with the D7th is the Nikon 16-85. Outstanding lens, great all around performer. You could then pair it with a prime such as the 50mm or the 35mm which are fast but inexpensive lenses. Another consideration is older Nikon lenses which do not have auto focus. I use a 35-125 that I've had for 25+ years. These older lenses can be found inexpensively and have excellent optics.
> I’m thinking of pairing the 1,8/35 and the 1,8/85 with it at first
Definitely no reason not to get the D7000. I'm loving mine.
The only thing I notice "wrong" with the 35mm f/1.8 is a tendency to chromatic aberrations (green and purple fringes). But you can usually fix it in software.
You might consider a used 17-55 f/2.8 for a quality general purpose zoom. Or maybe save a few bucks with the Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 or Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (both rated really highly for IQ) and add a Nikkor 85 f/1.8 (maybe used) if you want that focal length for portraits.
Don't be scared to stretch the budget by buying used lenses. There's a lot of good stuff out there looking for a home. Four of my six lenses are used items and there's nothing wrong with any of them.
>I’m thinking of pairing the 1,8/35 and the 1,8/85 with it at >first. Need to do some digging on their reviews but thought >I’d throw them out there. > >
Bought 4 lens, and after a couple of weeks, the 1,8/35 is the one on the camera most of the time for family, kids, and general walk around pictures. Is small and light. I get spoiled with the f1.8. Is great for indoor with kids because they move around so much. Then there is a seal on the back, and construction looks relatively sealed. Matches up well with the D7000 sealing.
Have a 35-70mm f2.8 for general purpose also, but end up not using that much because of the size and weight. Also liked the extra f stop too much.
>I’m thinking of pairing the 1,8/35 and the 1,8/85 with it at >first. Need to do some digging on their reviews but thought >I’d throw them out there.
Hi Tony, Very good choice Both lenses are very good : fast and sharp.
If you are looking for a more versatile lens, the 24-70 2.8 is the best tradeoff.
I've got the 35 1.8 AFS, 50 1.8 AFS and the 18-105 VR AFS. If I could afford it, I would exchange them for the 24-70 2.8 because I prefer the versability of a zoom. The downside of this lens is the weight…and the price!