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  1. Markw

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    After reviewing my options, I am htinking about getting the D40, I knew I was going to get the D40 all along, but didnt know which lenses to get. What I was thinking was to get the D40 body, then get the Tamron 28-80 and the Tamron 70-300 lenses as my starter lenses. The way I figure it, this will give me a good range of "mms" to start out with opposed to the 18-55 stock lens. Will this be good? I plan to do alot of nature photography as well as family gatherings and such. This is why I decided on the large range.

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    Well that 28mm is not going to be AS wide angle of a lens as the 28mm-80 will be. Also, it won't even be a 28mm because it will be cropped because of the D40 sensor and will actually be about a 45mm if my math is correct. Why not the 18-55 and 55-200?

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    why not try brands other than nikon and canon D: i use an olympus and it was cheaper than a D40, and for a TWIN lens kit too. its never failed me :) ive never touched a nikon but my experiences with canon eos was quite... annoying. :(
     
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    I want to use Nikon. Are you talking about the Nikon brand 18-55 and 55-200? What brand lens are you talking about here?

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    I'm talking about Nikon's 18-55 and 55-200.

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    i got my d40 with the 18-55 and the 55-200 personally i dont really like the 18-55 and bought a tamron 70-300 so the 55-200 is pretty much useless right now. my dad just bought a tamron 18-200 for his camera and likes it very much. you could get that and the d40 and not have to worry about having 2 lenses.
     
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    FYI 28mm on a crop sensor is not very wide at all... don't plan on taking any skylines or landscapes. An 18mm just makes it.
     
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    So what does that mean for me? Stick with the kit lens or go for the Tamron? Oh and btw. if I were tyo get tha 70-300, I heasr the sigma is better, so I would most likely get that over the Tamron. Another option I was thinking is to just get the kit 18-55mm Nikon and get the Sigma 70-300.

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    I have a D40 with the VR versions of the Nikkor 18-55 and the 55-200. Aside from having to change lenses fairly regularly, I *LOVE* the setup and have zero complaints with it. Only thing I would change would be if I could afford one of the fast (f/2.8 or so) telephoto zooms, but that's WAY out of my budget at the time being.
     
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    sony is generally less expensive and i LOVE mine, plus, you can use the old Minolta lenses and they are always less expensive than nikon, cannon, or the rest.
     
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    Thanks all for the suggestions, but I am using Nikon.

    Mark
     
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    Hey Markw,
    Yeah I would stick with Nikon too, but I'm a Canon guy. Honestly what ever you feel is comfortable to you will be your best choice. With the lens they do sound great for a starter kit, but if your on a budget you can checkout www.keh.com for some used equipment if your interested. Now Tamron has zoom lens from 28-300 for about 380.00. This would eliminate you from having to switch lens. Up to you though. And like everyone said, 28mm ain't that wide of an angle. I would get somewhere about 14mm. And also it might be nice to have a macro/micro feature with the lens.
     

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