Lens selection?/Help?

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  1. cosmoepic

    cosmoepic TPF Noob!

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    for my nikonD40 was wondering what good affordable (somewhat inexpensive) lenses to get? i have just the stock one , but i would like one for macro, and one for somewhat far distance

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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    There are some long focal length zoom lenses that have partial macro capability. There are third party lens makers that have lenses that are not that expensive.

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    Sigma AF 70-300mm macro
     
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    You really need to define "somewhat inexpensive"... The 55-200 is very reasonably priced at $220; the 70-300 is even cheaper at $140, BUT it's not an AF-S lens and won't autofocus on your body. Remember that these are consumer-grade lenses, and are on the slow side (small maximum aperture, requiring a lot of light/slow shutter speed) and the build quality is often less than ideal.

    With respect to the issue of macro, dedicated macro lenses are not cheap; they're high-quality precision lenses. You can however acheive macro results by using close-up filters or extension tubes. Depending on the quality you choose, you can be in for <$50.
     

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