best low light lens for D60?

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  1. Barros VeeDub

    Barros VeeDub TPF Noob!

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    hey guys, ive been into photography for about 3 or 4 months now, and ive been getting pretty good with night photography. I was wonder what your opinions were for a lens for my D60 for low light shots. i use a tripod now and the shutter is very long with my aperture set to 3.5 on my 18-55mm kit lens.

    i would love the 17-55mm 2.8G or i think it might be the 1.8G; but that lens is $1100.

    are there any other lenses out there that are just as fast?
     
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    If you want it to autofocus:

    Nikon 35mm f/1.8G $200
    Nikon 50mm f/1.4G $600
    Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM $600

    If you don't care:

    Nikon 35-70 f/2.8D $300
    Nikon 50mm f/1.8D $100

    Many more of course but those are what I've used/recommend for under $1000
     
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    I've just been to Nikons USA web site and don't see a 35-70 f/2.8D offered at any price. Could you supply a link?
     
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    They don't make it anymore, you'll have to find one on eBay or another online source.
     
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    Barros VeeDub TPF Noob!

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    thank you, noyze.
     
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    I found 4 used Nikon AF 35-70mm f/2.8D at amazon.com. The prices ranged from $450 (used-acceptable) to $700 (used-like new).

    There were none available at KEH.com.
    None on eBay.
     
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    There's some on KEH for around $400 and one on eBay for under $300 at the moment.
     
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    I second the 35mm f/1.8.
     
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    Guess I'm using the wrong search terms.
     
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    I'll 3rd the 35mm, depending on what you are shooting and your budget.

    If you are shooting cityscapes, you may want something wider like the 20 f/2.8 (manual focus on D60, but for tripod action it's no big deal) or if you need a short telephoto, the 85 f/1.8 (again, manual focus on D60). Both of those are about $400-500 USD.
     
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    Wouldn't the OP be better off getting a newer lens that will AF on his camera? You can find a Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 or Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 for around 400 USD in new or like new condition.
     
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    Maybe, but I didn't have experience with those lenses so I couldn't recommend them :lol:

    I dunno, just because they'll work doesn't mean they're good - and I'd hate to recommend something I haven't tried myself I guess.

    If you say they're good, cool... another good option listed! :D
     

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