Nikon D80 Lenses. Which is the BEST.

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  1. Kristie

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    I plan to buy the new Nikon D80. There are so many lenses out there, I'm confused as to which ones's the best.
    Can someone give me some information on this...
    Nikkor, Quantaray, etc....

    Does one brand work better at certain options than the others?
     
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    Best for what? What price range?
    Personally I think the Nikkor pro lenses are the best.
     
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    This one looks prety good....only $8,199.00
     
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    Best for general use. Just, what's the better lens?
    Also, Is Nikkor the same as Nikon (in lenses)

    Big Mike - Ummm.. I'd like to get one of those one day, but not as my first lens with my camera.
    I'm looking to spend no more than $1000 for the lens
     
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    Yes, Nikkor is Nikon's lens line. I would stick with Nikkor. Someone people use and like the 3rd party lenses, but I prefer the Nikkors. General use under $1000...I guess the Nikkor 18-200mm VR would work. You could also get the 18-70mm and either the new 70-300mm VR or the non-VR 70-300mmED.
     
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    Quantaray is Ritz's house brand made for them by Sigma. I would suggest going with the Nikkor or one of the higher end Sigmas or Tamrons.
     
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    Thank you Dave. I'll have to look into the 18-300mm *or 18-400mm* but we'll see :)
     
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    Look into primes (non zoom) instead. That 18-300 is garbage optically.
     
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    yaeh... buy a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8 or something... i'm no Nikon expert, but don't the old manual focus lenses work on Nikon DSLR's? if so, optically they're brilliant!
     
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    What do you recommend?
    I want something that has a Slight zoom, but that I can take nice macro pictures as well.
    I'd like to get a really good zoom one day, but right now I'm just looking for a good basic lens.
     
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    I absolutley love my 18-70mm.
     
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    I'm not familar with the 18-300 or 18-400. Didn't even know they existed actually...
    People with the D200 are getting good results with the 18-200 VR Nikkor. With the 10-megapixel sensor in the D80 you are going to start to see the limitations of the 18-70, it will still be a good general purpose lens. Overall I am not a fan of the 18-200mm, if you really want a good zoom, look at the 28-70 f/2.8 or maybe the 17-55 f/2.8 Nikkors. Not cheap, but they are top notch.
     

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