If you could only have 3 lenses...

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  1. Defy

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    What would be your top three lenses? Since i only have a D60 here are my three i want!

    -[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-AF-S-NIKKOR-50mm-1-4G/dp/B001GCVA0U/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2WVHJ9J6QJT2K&colid=3O2LPMQ3NFDNT"]Nikon 2180 AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G[/ame]
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    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-12-24mm-Autofocus-Nikkor-Zoom/dp/B000092M1T/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I39JZ9L89IU90D&colid=3O2LPMQ3NFDNT"]Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED IF Autofocus DX Nikkor Zoom Lens[/ame]
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    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-70-200mm-Nikkor-Digital-Cameras/dp/B00009MDBQ/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I15HD12GSSPGJ2&colid=3O2LPMQ3NFDNT"]Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras[/ame]

    Right now i am saving up to get the 50mm (it's like 600). Any better suggestions? Will this be enough for most things? I mostly shoot outdoors nature/wildlife (really my dogs outside), and if i ever win some money or something i will look at a 400mm but for now i think the fast 200 will work!
     
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    Only picking from lenses that I currently own:

    50mm f/1.4
    85mm f/1.8
    70-200 f/4L

    (Canon)



    $600 for a 50mm? Sounds high. The 1.4 is $300ish (?), the 1.8 is like $80 (canon)...
     
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    Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8
    Nikkor 70-200mm VR 2.8
    Nikkor 300mm VR 2.8

    That covers me from 24-300. Now where did I put that $8000....
     
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    Canon:

    24-70 f/2.8
    70-200 f/2.8 IS
    600 f/4 IS
     
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    From what I own
    Canon
    70-200 f/2.8 IS
    50mm f/ 1.8
    Sigma 10-20mm f/ 4-5.6
     
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    :)
     
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    All I need is a nifty fifty and a set of truck balls! :lol: :thumbup:

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    I wouldn't spend that much on a 50mm prime, even if I made my money shooting portraits. Either put up with manually focusing the older 50mm f/1.8 AF-D (or even the one without the D at the end) or upgrade your camera to one that will AF with the 50mm f/1.8 AF-D, such as the Nikon D80 which can be had for well under 500 USD. I personally think the 50mm is a little limited on a crop sensor, so I would see how much you use your kit lens at around 50mm before spending more than $120 on a 50mm prime. I assume you already have the 18-55 VR kit lens. If you want to shoot wildlife, I would think you'll want the 70-200 before the 50mm lens or the ultra wide angle lens. Your kit lens should be wide enough for most landscape photography and it has decent optics, especially for a kit lens. For outdoor shooting in decent light, something like the 55-200 VR should be good, at least to start with. A bit slow but the VR works alright, the AF is pretty good (in my opinion at least) and it's a nice sharp lens. Well, that's just my 2 cents based on my limited experience. Kit lens and 55-200 VR (which can be had for under 200 bucks) should keep you busy for a while. If you want to start with faster lenses like the 70-200 f/2.8 VR, I'd recommend looking at similar lenses from Tamron, Sigma and Tokina. Make sure they have the AF motor for the D60 though (unless you upgrade to the D80 or another camera that will AF lenses without the AF motor).
     
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    Well, from the lenses I own:
    Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6
    Asahi 50mm f1.4 (Manual focus)
    DA* 50-135 f2.8

    But If I could have dream versions of these lenses then the list would change like so:
    Sigma 10-20 f2.8 (And 20mm would be actually usable!)
    Asahi 50mm f1.2 (Tack sharp at 1.2 and autofocus!)
    DA* 50-200 f2.8 (But at the same tiny size of the 50-135)
     
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    From my collection

    300mmF2.8L
    200mmF2.8L
    50mmF1.4
    but would like the 85mmF1.2
     
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    I have

    28-70mm f/2.8
    105mm f/2.8
    70-200mm f/2.8
    500mm f/4

    Asking me to give one of these up would be very painful.
     

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