Nikon D40 Replacement Lens

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  1. emmaf

    emmaf TPF Noob!

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    I recieved the Nikon D40 camera kit in October, and had the lens jam on me, and consequently break last month. I have had the lens sent back to Nikon to repair (hopefully under warranty). I am a total beginner, so am looking for an afforable replacement lens in the meantime - but it would need to work with the autofocus. Ideally I would love something with a better zoom than the original, but I really can't spend too much - am I just dreaming or there are any recommendations out there?

    Thanks so much...
     
  2. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Have a look at this thread.
    (If any Mods are looking, the above thread is a contender for a sticky)

    Then you can read reviews for the lens that you're interested in at Photozone.de
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    How much is "too much"....
     
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    If your looking to spend about $600, I'd look into the 18-200 VR, it's fully compatible with your d40 and has an 11x zoom and vibration reduction. The picture quality suffers a little bit with that much focal range, but it still takes pretty good pictures and your able to hand hold it in pretty low light with the VR.

    If your looking to go cheaper than that, tamron and sigma make super zooms too, and they are between $200-400 and take ok pictures as well. The build quality is going to be pretty bad though, particularly with the tamron (and I'm not even sure if it has a built in motor to work with your d40).
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If I could only have one AF-S lens under $350 (I'm guessing that you don't really want to spend very much) I would go with the 18-70mm f3.5-4.5. You can find these used for $200 and up on e-bay.

    This lens is one of the all time great consumer lenses, imho.
     
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    yeah the 18-70 would be your best option
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Dont waste you money on this lens......
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    See, even JIP owns one! :lmao:
     
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    Why do you say that?
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Even the guy who recommended it said the picture quality is poor. I figure if you are going to spend $600+ on a lens why buy something with poor image quality.
     
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    Just a note, the 18-55 lens that (i assume) came with your D40 is now available with Vibration Reduction. If you decide to stick with the same lens, have a look at the VR version. I haven't tried VR myself, but everyone says it is really great and worth it.

    You can find a review of this lens, and also the 18-200, here: http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/

    Since you are a beginner, look at the review conclusions and recommendations to see if they are what you need.
     
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    I'm not much of an advocate of the 18-200, the OP just said they wanted something with a large zoom range. I'll never buy this lens unless it's going to go on a travel camera, like a d40.
     

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