Lens suggestions for beginner with D3000

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by AG74683, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. AG74683

    AG74683 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Hickory/Boone, NC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Gonna be purchasing a D3000 here in the next week or two....been looking at another lens to pick up to compliment the 18-55.

    Budget for the lens is 200-300ish...so unfortunately it appears my options are slightly limited...

    I was thinking about the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR...or the Nikon 50mm f/1.8...1.4 is a little out of my range, plus Im not sure Id really notice the faster lens at this point.

    Ive only really been looking at Nikon lenses, as I dont really know which third party brands to look at and which ones to avoid...

    Id like to be able to photograph some wildlife stuff and sports shots (mostly Hockey...). From what Im reading though this takes at least 300mm and that's definitely not within my budget!

    Thanks for any help!



     
  2. Sachphotography

    Sachphotography TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2009
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Tulsa, OK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    50mm f/1.8

    hehe had to beat atlas.....hmmmm... where is he...
     
  3. Dao

    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2008
    Messages:
    6,252
    Likes Received:
    418
    Location:
    St. Louis
    My advice is .... if you are really not sure what to get first, then just stay with the kit lens for now. Get to know your camera gears and learn more about photography. Once you know more, you should know what you need to get next.

    The 50mm prime lens and the telephoto zoom lens are for different purposes. And nobody knows which one is better for you. I know which one is better for me though. Really, if you are not sure now, just wait. :) my 2 cents.
     
  4. jdag

    jdag TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2008
    Messages:
    285
    Likes Received:
    7
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Sure, waiting until you "know" is fine advice...but buying is more fun! ;)

    I would suggest the 35mm f1.8 over the 50mm f1.8 for the D3000 simply because the 35mm is an AF-S lens that will autofocus on your body. The 50mm will be manual focus only.
     
  5. gsgary

    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    16,062
    Likes Received:
    2,813
    Location:
    Chesterfield UK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit

    Damn you said what i always say :x
     
  6. AG74683

    AG74683 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Hickory/Boone, NC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Actually, I think the 35mm was the one I intended to list...whoops!

    I just figured I should buy now while I have the money, instead of wanting a new lens when Im broke and cant afford it :p
     
  7. gsgary

    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    16,062
    Likes Received:
    2,813
    Location:
    Chesterfield UK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit

    How are you going to shoot wildlife and sport with a 35mm :confused:
     
  8. AG74683

    AG74683 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Hickory/Boone, NC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Thats what I am torn between really. I know that I cant. BUT, I also cant afford the correct lens in order to do so....I suppose wildlife/sport shooting will have to come later.
     
  9. AG74683

    AG74683 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Hickory/Boone, NC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    anyone else?
     
  10. Dao

    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2008
    Messages:
    6,252
    Likes Received:
    418
    Location:
    St. Louis
    It really only comes down to what you want to shoot with. It is like you have money now and you would like to get a drink. I say go get a coffee, but you may just want a soda. Different person have different priority and different interest. :)

    I really do not think other people can make the choice for you since the lenses you planning to get are for different things.

    If you ask to choose between 18-200mm VR from Nikon, 18-250mm OS from Sigma and 18-270mm VC from Tamron, we maybe able to give you more information such as why someone will pick the Nikon over the Tamron or vice versa.

    Hope you understand. :)
     
  11. AG74683

    AG74683 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Hickory/Boone, NC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Totally understand...

    I guess I should rephrase my question to "What lenses are the best for a beginner to learn on?"

    Is that a bit better?
     
  12. Plato

    Plato TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,058
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    United States of America
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Suppose he does that and subsequently decides that telephoto work is his bag?

    I'm with Dao.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
35mm on d3000
,
35mm d3000
,
35mm lens with d3000
,
cheap 35mm lens for d3000
,

d3000 35mm

,
d3000 35mm 1.8
,
d3000 lens recommendations
,
d3000 prime lens
,
d3000 with 35mm lens
,
prime lens for d3000