Lens advice needed

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  1. tom.ganc

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    Hi there,
    I bought Nikon D40 some time ago and I have kit lens 18-55mm. I’m thinking about getting some glass now and I want to get two lenses. One will be Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 and another I’m thinking about is Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR ED AF-S DX or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG MACRO HSM. They both about the same price and I need to decide. I like the VR on Nikon lens but having extra 100mm focal length and macro on sigma makes it difficult to decide. There is another think about Sigma lens – when autofocus the end part rotates which isn’t the best if you want to use CPL filter.
    I will be using this lens for some children action shots (5yo and 2yo so it could be fast action :mrgreen: ), probably some macro (with sigma).
    Please give me some advice.
    Many thanks
    Tom
     
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    You will need to manually focus the 50mm F1.8, im sure you know this just checking :)

    and go for the Nikkor 55-200mm the VR is a huge benefit and the extra reach on such sigma lenses tend to get soft around 300mm anyway
     
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    Hi
    Thanks for reply
    Yes I know about manual focus with 50mm Nikon lens but that's ok. I should be ok with it. I was testing Sigma 30mm f/1.4 HSM few days ago. It is brilliant lens but bit expensive (£250) and focal length isn't the best because I want to use it for indoors shots so with 30mm lens I will need to get really close to subject. 50mm should do the job.

    About zoom lens. I think I'll go for Nikon lens and start saving some money for macro lens ( I like sigma 105mm f/2.8)
    Thanks
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    noticed u also live in manchester

    where do you go to try lenses and stuff?
    my local doesnt like me going in and asking to try stuff
     
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    Hi,
    Saying that I tested doesn't mean I have had this lens at home. I just brought my camera into shop and tried this lens in different situations. There is plenty of sbjects in the store to test lens. When I was trying sigma 30mm f1.4 I went to Jessops on Deansgate and tried really shallow DOF and sharpness of this lens. I managed to take about 30 pictures with different settings and double checked them at home. Simple as that.
    Talking about shops I wouldn't recomend Jessops if you want to buy glass. They are bit expensive. Nikkor 55-200mm VR I could get for about £125 and in there you looking about £260. So I'm going there only if I want to try some new stuff on my camera :).

    What part of Manchester you from?
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    Tom
     
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    the london cmera exchange in picadilly gardens is the best place for trying lenses i find, they have so many!

    never been to jessops though!

    im from stockport but basically live in town most of the week
     
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    Hmm
    I've never been there so tat's my next target :).
    Thanks
    Tom
     
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    I'd go for the 55-200 VR. Your kit lens should do very nicely for close-up shots, and the 70-300 isn't a true macro lens anyway (1:2 reproduction ratio, true macro is 1:1). Also, 100 extra millimetres isn't that much, yet VR can really help in some situations.

    Best of luck getting those lenses! If you need a place for some really good prices, just gimme a buzz back. I know a few in the UK.
     
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    Hi
    Thanks for advice. So where is the best place to get cheap lens in UK then?
    Thanks
    Tom
     
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    Sounds like you made a good choice.

    I don't know about in the UK but the local shops by me here in the states will really drop their price if you say "Hey, I can get this lens for this price at this website..."
     
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    Well, IMO, www.mifsuds.com are pretty cheap. They do the best deals I've seen so far, if only beating the competition by a little bit, and they have TONS of used lenses as well.

    But I dunno, if you say you can get a 55-200 VR for £125, it might not be the cheapest. What website is that? I'd love to have a look :D
     
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    Hi.
    The cheapest place I found is Ebay ofcourse :)
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-NIKON-55-...s=72:12|39:1|65:12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14.l1308

    It is straight from UK supplier and it is brand new.
    It looks really good for me.

    Regards
    Tom
     

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