Nikon D40 replacement lens

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  1. scolesteven1

    scolesteven1 TPF Noob!

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    Hey everyone I am looking to replace the standard Nikon D40 kit lens with something with a little bit more power and clarity.

    Can anyone suggest a good lens?
     
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    This question is asked very often, but in order for us to help you we need to know what you're going to be using this for? Then we'll help you out:)
     
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    sorry for not being specific, But I am looking for something that will be great for portraits or people. I am really starting to get into the human aspect of photography. And I feel that with a different lens I will be able to expand my shooting power.

    also, if the lens does a fine job with other things as well (landscape etc) then that would be more than perfect. ;)
     
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    I know of several lenses that would work, but first, whats your price range?
     
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    Well prime lenses are generally the best for portraits, some will say an 85mm such as this: http://www.adorama.com/NK8518AFDU.html
    others may like to be further away so they would use the 105mm such as this:http://www.adorama.com/NK10528AFVRU.html
    It depends on what you are 1: willing to spend and 2: what type of portrait i.e headshot or full body. For a general portrait lens that's easy on the wallet I suggest the 50mm like this:http://www.adorama.com/NK5018AFDU.html or get the 1.4 version if you have the cash. Oh and another thing, as you may or may not know, most of these lenses will not auto focus on the D40. Good luck in whatever you choose
     
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    Thanks everyone!

    Hmm, well I shall research this subject and get back to you.
    But I have up to 300-450 dollars to spend and something that has a Auto/Man. function would be very nice.
    Sorry for being such a beginner! :O lol
     
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    I use my 18-135mm Nikkor zoom for portraits all the time and they look surprisingly good, and it's only $200 used. You can also get an 85mm f/1.8 lens for about $300 used, but you'd have to manually focus. I personally prefer the 100+mm range for portraits, though.
     

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