Good all purpose lens?

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    What is a good all around purpose lens? I have a D40 with a kit lens (18-55mm) coming, but I have heard that the kit lens is very cheap glass. I was thinking of getting a 50mm f/1.8. Is this a good lens? What else would you recommend in the $100-200 range?
     
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    A 50mm 1.8 is very good.
     
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    I have a D50
    and the 18-55 is actually a decent lens, i use it alot.
    i also have the 50mm f1.8 and its great also.( Auto focus wont work with it on the D40 though)

    in the 100-200 dollar range..

    Well all i can recomend for that besides the 50 f1.8 is that you look on ebay

    I got a sigma 70-300mm apo dg lens on there for $180 brand new about a year ago. ITs a decent lens for the price. ( was about $350 in stores here)
    its a lil cheaper on ebay now i think.
     
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    LOL, I feel bad for D40 owners.
     
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    I don't mind manual focusing once and awhile.
     
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    it can just be tough with the small dof at f1.8
    but sometimes its actually easier too as the autofocus can have a hard time actually focusing on the exact spot you want it to at that Fstop.

    www.coop81.deviantart.com

    theres my deviantart page
    the first 10 or so pages were all taken with
    a D50 with either a
    , 18-55 kit lens,50mmf1.8, or sigma 70-300.
    ( a few shots may be the 18-55 with a cheap fisheye adapter on it)


    So take a peek if you want to see the quality
     
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    I mind not having the ability to autofocus once in a while.
     
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    Since you're thinking about getting a manual focus lens, look into getting some old AI, AI-S or pre-AI mount primes. They're cheap and very high quality, if you don't mind manual focus and manual metering! 50 f/1.4, 105 f/2.5, 135 f/2.8.

    Also, I've heard good things about the cheap Nikon 55-200 4-5.6 VR. Sure, it's slow, but at least it's faster than the kit lens (50 at 5.6 vs 55 at 4)! Get it refurbished for $160.
     
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    50mm primes are one of the most versital lenses you can get, For the longest time they where the kit lens of choice for for most of the major makes. You can't go wrong with a 50mm prime.
     
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    I use 50mm as walk around lense. I actually walked the entire philadelphia zoo with it and was able to use it in nocturnal exhibits without flash as well as everywhere else.
     
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    Wehther you have AF or not the 50mm f/1.8 is great to have. Another lens you might wanna take a look at is the 18-135mm AF-S. That or the 55-200mm, but then you will find yourself switching lenses more often.
     

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