Buying new lens for my D40 - help?

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  1. ecnal

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    I have a d40 with the kit 18-55 3.5-5.6. I've taken some nice photos with it, but I want something that can give me more range. I'm not looking to spend a ton, a couple hundred maybe.

    I was looking at the Nikon 55-200 AF-S VR 4-5.6, but the 4-5.6 worries me a little. I tend to take alot of wildlife shots which sometime require speed, but I've heard some negative things about the speed (or lack thereof) of the 55-200. Can anyone comment on this? I know it doesn't really go together, a budget and a lot of light.

    I know that this is my first seperate lens purchase and at this point it's not like I'm a professional.

    Just looking for some opinions on this!

    Thanks!
     
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    Shooting wildlife under good lighting conditions does not require a fast lens.

    If you are expecting to shoot under low light conditions (in forested areas, dawn/dusk, overcast ... etc) then you will need a wider aperture than f/5.6.

    Yes, faster lenses take a toll on the wallet ... even a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 is not cheap.

    f/2.8 zoom lenses are very expensive.

    I compromised by finding a used Sigma AF 300mm f/4.0.
     
  3. Josh220

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    The 70-200 f/2.8 by Nikon is a nice lens. :mrgreen:

    I'll be getting mine in the next few weeks. But you will definitely pay for a good lens. The 55-200 lens is fine for most amateur hobby photographers, as long as you don't need it for any of the above mentioned low-light situations.

    You may not get the best images with the 55-200, but can you justify spending $1800+ for a lens to get better performance? You have to weigh your needs and what will benefit you most.

    Personally I am getting the 70-200 because my 18-200 doesn't have enough reach, and I'd prefer to have quality glass when I upgrade rather than getting something like the 70-300. With a teleconverter I'll get over 500mm zoom while still being able to handle low light, fast shots, etc.
     
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    Thanks guys!

    I'm gonna go with the 55-200 with VR, which from what I hear is worth the money on a lens over 100mm or so.
     
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    Actually... for what you are looking I would have to say the Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6Ed would be a good lens. It is about 209 New and it works great with the D40. The lens is very bright and has good glass. Check it out here
    Sigma | 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Autofocus Lens | 5A8306

    It is good and will not take a toll on your wallet. It also has a range of 70-300 allowing for more zoom compared to the 55-200. I have done a lot of outside animal and Macro work with this exact lens and have been very please with it. For the money I have yet to find a better one. I had the 55-200 and now have the 55-200 VR and I like the sigma lens better in comparison. Check it out. I think you will like it. I personally guarantee you will like that lens for what you are looking for. IT is built like a brick and has good ED glass.
     
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    Uhhh...what? :er::confused:
     
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    I was thinking about the Sigma, but I think I've decided on the 55-200 for now. The main reason being price, or rather, payment.

    My work has a 'rewards' program for referring customers. You get points and you can use those points towards an online catalog of stuff, or gift cards.

    And I already bought 200$ worth of gift cards to best buy. And they don't sell the Sigma lens (not that I can find on their website, anyways).

    So I think I'm already locked into the 55-200.
     
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    Unless, of course, someone wants buy but two 100$ Best Buy giftcards. ;)
     
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    i was confused by this as well...the reach is the same, but the range is different, no? and won't a teleconverter degrade your IQ?
    i don't know much in this area, so i could be way off.:blushing:
     
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    I've got the Nikon 70-300 5.6 VR. It's basically a 450mm lens. Great piece of glass, I picked it up for $460. Well worth it, imo. The VR is great and, while it is a light hog, its nice and sharp.
     
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    Yeah, that comment was way out in left field.

    The "reach" between the two lenses is the same (200mm). A teleconverter will force you to go up a stop, so you loose your fast aperture setting. And you don't get "500mm", the "crop factor" doesn't change the focal length, only the field of view.
     
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    Same difference. It'll still be acting like a 500mm with the teleconverter. Granted the 70-200 isn't "turned into" a 300mm, but it does act as 300mm on a DX body due to the crop factor. I didn't think it was that confusing, I just assumed everyone knew the DX vs. FX affects on lenses. My mistake for not clarifying.
     
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