Lense question

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  1. nightangel73

    nightangel73 TPF Noob!

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    Say I have a choice of buying a wide angle lense 18-55mm and a telephoto 55-200mm OR a 18-105mm lense. Which would be better? I would like opinions on advantages and disadvantages
     
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    First, I believe the 18-55mm is usually referred as Standard Zoom lens while the 55-200mm should be telephoto zoom.

    In general, it is really a personal preference. If I do not want to carry multiple lens and the focal length I use for most of the photos I take fall within 18mm and 105mm, then of course I will choose the 18-105mm lens.

    However, if I often heading to the zoo and would like to take some photos of the animals, 105mm seems too short. so I will opt for the combo.

    Are you planning to buy a DSLR with the kit lens(es)?
     
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    All 3 are kit lenses, but are considered to have good image quality, despite being slow and having plastic mounts.

    I have a D90 that came with the 18-105.
    I just bought my son the D5000 which came with the 18-55.

    He's currently using the 18-105, but my plan is to give him back the 18-55, buy him the 55-200, and give him my 35mm1.8. I think that will give him an excellent kit to start with, with a low light normal prime and 18mm - 200mm covered, provided the lighting is good.

    I will keep my 18-105 which has given me some excellent results. If it was one or the other, I would take the 18-55 plus 55-200 over the 18-105 just to get the extra reach. Image quality is comparable between the 3 lenses. You will need/want to add a prime at some point.

    HTH
     
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    18-105mm.. what is the aperture? 18-55mm is always good but I wouldnt pay more than $80 for it.
     
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    Do you have any other gear at all? Knowing that would help.

    I started with a 30D and the EF-S 17-85mm kit lens. My 2nd lens was the EF-S 10-22mm, and 3rd was EF-S 18-55mm 2.8.

    I don't recommend people do what I did. I had far too many wide lenses, and no long ones. It was limiting my ability to take certian types of shots.

    I just rescently bought my first long lens, the 70-200mm 2.8L IS II. I realized I should have bought something around this focal length for my 2nd lens.

    So my advice is get a lens that covers 18-XXmm for 1st, and then get one that covers XX-200mm or XX-300mm for 2nd. I am assuming you have no other gear here.

    This is the best way to do it when getting started, unless you really need a super wide lens for your 2nd. I personally find that I don't use my 10-22mm that much, it is very nice to have though.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    The 18-55mm plus the 55-200mm consumer grade lenses are a really decent buy and covers focal lengths you are most likely to want. That combination with VR on the 55-200mm was my choice when I first started out.
     
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    go for 18-105, boost the sharpness to about 6-7 and enjoy it. If you can, get an 18-200 and boost the sharpness to about 4-5.
    But if you want a really good glass with medium focal range and not to heave on the $, its 24-85 f/2.8-4
     
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    What do you mean by "boost the sharpness". Do you mean the setting in the camera??
     
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    What do you normally take pictures of?
     
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    Get the 55-200, cause I don't have any lenses in that focal range.
     
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    Better for what kind of photography?
     
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    Yes, I'm going to buy new camera (nikon) so I'm at ground zero.

    I never found myself taking too many wide angle shots. My thing is more of portraits and I do want a lense with big aperture because I find myself shooting with available light and low light most of the time. So one lense I want for sure is the a 50mm/1.8. Then I would like to have a telephoto lense and well wide angle shots are nice for traveling and group shots.
     

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