Help new lense ideas??

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  1. Weikel

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    So I am tasked with finding my wife a new lens for her birthday .. she believes herself to be a photographer but she is defiantly a rookie so I need a decent autofocus on this lens as well. The kind of lense she wants is some sort of lense that can zoom in a for taking portraits. I guess being like 15 feet away but still being able to zoom in and focus if that makes sense. If anyone can post a couple suggestions for lenses I would really appreciate it.. oh and if the lenses could double as some sort of macro lens for shooting photos of my reef tank even better:)!!!

    Price point 500ish

    Current camera. Nikon d3000
    Curreent Lenses 18-55 mm af-nikkor and 55-300mm af-nikkor


     
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    You won't find a lens with fast auto focus, zoom, macro and wide aperture (good for portraits).

    I would suggest the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8. No zoom, no macro, but excellent picture quality for the price, and just about perfect for portraits. Pick one up used if you can.
     
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    I'd consider any of the 24MP Nikon DX bodies first. that old camera is old and tired.

    if a lens is must, I think a 35mm 1.8g or 50mm 1.8g would be a good first choice.
     
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    I have this one on my 'to get' list, the Micro 40mm. No zoom but it's good for portraits and is good for macro and works on a DX camera. And it's not too pricey, either.
     
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    The Micro 40mm is a great lens, but is in my opinion, not very good for portraits. This is of course a case of personal preference, you should check out for yourself what you prefer; you already have the focal lengths in question.
     
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    18-105 VR or the heavier 18-140 VR
     
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    I would also advise that if you are willing to budget for around 500.... then maybe look for a newer Camera with a lens bundle...? some outlets will allow you to negotiate which lenses can be included in 'the bundle'.... so you could opt for the standard 18-55mm... and then maybe either go for the 55-200mm or 70-300mm

    But you don't need to be a purist either..... Sigma and Tamron both do excellent lenses for the Nikon range
     
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    I'm curious as to why he would buy his wife the same two lenses she already owns...
     
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    Good Point.......lol... I didn't notice the lenses she already has at the bottom of the dialogue..... my apologies....
    In which case, I would agree with 'STK's post of an 85mm lens..... as an addition to her existing lenses... (as well as a newer camera)
     
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    Agree with Braineack. 50 1.8 is a great lens for portraits on a crop sensor camera. If space is limited (15 ft)the 85mm on a crop could be too tight.

    For $500 you could get her an upgraded 3400 camera body (used or refurb is the way to go) and the 50 1.8. You would be a hero.
     
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    I'd go for a used D80/D90 and a 80-200mm 2.8 push pull.
     
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    I second the body suggestion with a 50 prime.
     

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