Lenses for a Nikon

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    Well I have messed around with photography for a while and I am planning to get more serious about it. Right now I own a Nikon D40 and I am planning to upgrade cameras and buy a 55-200 or something around that sorta area. Now I do lighting and some sound for theater productions and I do some of the photography. Most of the time the lighting is not ideal for pictures but most pictures come out okay with a tripod. With a longer lens how necessary is VR? Because I know I can buy a third party lens for less but most do not have VR. I am mainly just trying to figure out where I need to go from here and I felt like I should consult someone with more experience than I. I plan to talk to my uncle also who is very much into photography and get advice from him.

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    Uh, they do, but they have their own name for it.

    For example Sigma calls theirs OS (Optical Stabilization).

    The other thing you'll need is fast glass, f/2.8 or better and you'll also want to be sure any zooms are constant, not variable, aperture.
     
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    I was using VR as a general term.

    But I am mainly trying to figure out specific lenses for me to look at, so that I don't make a mistake in my choice.
     
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    Making mistakes is how we learn.

    Don't fear making mistakes.

    That doesn't mean not doing due diligence before making a final decision.

    Did you know that lens makers say that image stablization systems need to be turned off when the lens is mounted on a tripod?

    Frankly, VR doesn't really become useful until you get out to 300 mm and beyond, unless your camera handleing skills are bad.
     
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    Would it be justifiable to sell the packaged D5000 Nikon 55-200mm lens and buy a third party?
     
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    Well I have decided to go with a Nikon D90 as my upgrade. I will buy this 70-300mm lens and keep my current 18-55. I found a buyer for the D40 body. Thanks for all the help KmH! I hope to post some pics soon for I am going to DC in march and I have a theater performance in January!
     
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    FYI, "NOTE: G-type Nikkor lenses are fully compatible with the F5, F100, N80, N65, N60, N50, N4004-series, PRONEA 6i, PRONEA S, D100 and D1-series (or any newer model, except D40/D40X) cameras. They are not compatible with other Nikon cameras. For the F4, N90-series, N70, N8008-series and N6006 cameras, only programmed auto or shutter-priority auto exposure mode can be used."
     

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