Best Lens/Lenses Out Of These for D80/D300?

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  1. Graelwyn

    Graelwyn TPF Noob!

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    I am looking at bundles and am not sure which would be best for the D300 or D80, whichever I chose.

    Here are the choices.


    D80:

    18-70mm + 70-300mm VR OR Nikon 18-200 VR


    D300

    18-200mm VR OR Tokina AT-X 16-50mm f2.8 PRO DX OR Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di ll LD Asph (IF) OR Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO
     
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    D300 + 18-200mm is what i would go with.

    Although pretty much all of those lenses are only prosumer grade.
     
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    Graelwyn TPF Noob!

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    Yeah, true enough, but I cannot afford (I dont think) to get the body and a better lens for the same sort of price?
     
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    You need to be more specific
     
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    Graelwyn TPF Noob!

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    I do mostly nature, architectural and portrait photography.
     
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    Look on the used market; an f2.8 28-70 and the AF-S f4 70-300 will cover all of your needs in the near term, and used, shouldn't dent the wallet much more than about $1200 - 1500.

    If you're going to go cheap on something, go cheap on the camera, NOT the glass! You could always look at a used D200 as opposed to a new D80/D300; even a new D200 is going cheap (when you can find one).

    Just my $00.02 worth - your opinion may vary.
     
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    The D300 certainly but the usual advice holds true that the 18-200mm VR because of its range is a lens where convenience supercedes top quality.

    The Sigma 18 - 50mm f. 2.8 EX DC MACRO is a great lens to have on the camera most of the time, which I do.

    I would also go for the 70mm to 200mm f.2.8 Sigma Macro EX which is high quality glass as well.

    skieur
     
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    Yup glass makes a big difference. I wish I had money to buy better lenses...:sad anim:
     
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    The D300 and the Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO is a great combo, and from what you have listed that is what I would be going for.

    Of course if you have the extra cash for Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 DX I prefer over the Sigma - but only just. The Sigma is excellent for the money.
     

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