lenses for d90

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  1. Greg Oden

    Greg Oden TPF Noob!

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    i am going to be purchasing the nikon D90 within the next few days. i am a beginer but i live by the saying "go big or go home". i want a good macro lens and a good telephoto lens. the camera comes with a 18-105mm. will that work well for either and/or what are my options. thx
     
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    You'll need to define some budgetary limitations here. When you talk about 'good' with relation to lenses, you're also talking expensive. A good telephoto is the 400mm f2.8 VRII; that will set you back about $9000.00. Something a little more practical might be the 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 which I think weighs in at a more reasonable $450. For macros, there's the 60mm ($600) or the 105mm ($850), HOWEVER before you do any of that, I would suggest get used to your new camera first. Find out what the pros and cons of the kit lens are, and go from there. Don't forget to consider used lenses as well as third-party. Tokina, Tamron and Sigma all make some pretty nice glass, and often an equivalent third-party lens will const significantly less than it's Nikon cousin.
     
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    i think that is the way to go. i should play around with the lens kit given. it will give me a chance to better myself by focusing on one area of photography compared to multiple areas. i was told by a friend that if i purchase the d90 i may have an option to get other lenses at an extra cheap price. i guess kinda as a throw in for the purchase. not sure the truth to the that yet. thx tirediron
     
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    D90, i have one
     
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    are you happy with the purchase and any other info you have. is the price coming down soon? anything helps. thx.
     
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    How are you liking it?

    I'm going to have to go down to the camera store here tommorow to check them out. The clerk told me last week that the weren't relesing them till Sept 30. Hmmmm, frustrating
     
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    The 105 macro is a fine piece of glass, I was shooting with one we have in stock the other day.

    The 70-200 f2.8 offering from sigma is a, in my opinion, superb offering that can be had for ~800 new. I would go that route and find a quality teleconverter if you need more lens. Tele's are not the BEST alternative, but a good tele is better than a bad lens...
     
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    It is a brand new camera. The price wont' be coming down anytime soon.
     
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    I love my D90, and have had the 70-300mm Nikon lens for awhile and it's fantastic for shooting the kids soccer games etc. Does a fine job. Went to a shoot last weekend with the kit lens and found it to be real nice... much more versatile than the 18-55 that came with the D40 i had. Here's a crop from a shot, strait off the camera with the 18-105 kit lens:
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    I'd say play with the kit lens and get a feel for what you'd like, further or closer.
    JMO, and I'm a noob...

    HTH
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    well... he did say GO BIG OR GO HOME....

    So... I suggest....

    Nikor 12-24 F4
    Nikor 24-70 F2.8
    Nikor 70-200 F2.8

    and a throw in a few primes

    Nikor 50mm F1.4 AFS
    Nikor 85mm F1.4
    Nikor 105mm F2.8

    and if you need longer... they don't really have anything mid priced so I guess you can get by with the

    Nikor 70-300mm F5.6 VRII

    Have fun with you D90 and your new lenses!!!
     
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    Try Wolf/Ritz stores if they have them in your area. Seems they got a touch of a jump on everybody else.
     
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    We got the D90(a ritz store) in on a Tuesday after some of the online places were showing them on Monday.

    Kinda surprised everyone when three of them just showed up in a ups delivery.
     

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