Lenses for Nikon D50

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    I want to get some suggestions on what lenses to purchase next. I am already thinking about getting the nikkor 50mm 1.8 (hopefully for Valentine's Day:heart:), but besides that what are some good lenses to have? I love wildlife, zoo, landscape and macro photography, but I also take a lot of pictures of my 2 year old son. As you can see I have the standard kit lens and a cheaper zoom lens. Any help would be great!:D Thanks!


    EDIT: My budget- well lets just say any price, but it may take me a year to save up for. But I am not a pro and this is just my hobby for now, so I don't think I need the absolute top of the line.
     
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    Budget. Budget? BUDGET!??!!!!!!1!
     
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    I don't really have a budget, because I will just save up for whatever lens I need. It may take me a long time to do that, but oh well.
     
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    Used 80-200 F/2.8 for telephoto, and a 12-24 Tokina for wide angle shots. About 1000 overall for the two.
     
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    Thank you. Is there a reason I should go with Tokina over Nikon? Would either of those lenses work for Macro?
     
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    Anyone else have any recommendations?
     
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    Neither is a macro lens. The Tokina is cheaper than its Nikon counterpart.
     
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    Do you have a recommendation on a macro lens?
     
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    Well, I wouldn't get a macro lens as it can be very limiting.

    But the Sigma 105MM F/2.8 is an old workhorse, as is the Tamron 90MM F/2.8. Both can be had for about 300 bucks used.
     
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    get the 50!!!
     
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    Good lense to have (in order).

    50mm F1.8
    Used Nikon 80-200 F2.8
    Sigma 18-50 HSM F2.8
    Tokina 11-16 F2.8 or Tokina 12-24 F4

    The Sigma 18-50 is a wannabe macro (3:1), but if you still need a macro I would go for the Sigma 105mm F2.8.
     
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    You should read the thread on here that is currently discussing name brand over 3rd party.. And keep in mind that since you have the focus motor built-in, you won't need any USM lenses. Of course everyone is recommending the f2.8 lenses, and those are surely nice and fast, but if you're on a budget you can still have great fun without taking out a second mortgage.. I'm only doing this for fun, and not taking it too seriously, so if you just want to spend a couple hundred you can still take some great pictures.

    I have the Tamron 55-200 AF, and I love it.. That's a good range.
    I also have the Sigma 70-300, and love that one as well.. You can have both for under $300, and if you're not counting pixels or making wall-size posters, you'll love them..

    You can also get a 1.7 or 2x teleconverter to play with. I have a Tamron that has the CPU contacts as well as the screw drive, and it's fun to play with. Cheap, too, but gives you some nice range outdoors.
     

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