Nikon lens question

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  1. Spoogen_1

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    Im sure my question can work for other brands too but im getting nikon so ill be specific.

    2 months ill be getting a D60 Nikon. Im gunna be getting Nikkor lenses. I take pics normally of cars, scenery, and people. I wasnt sure between a zoom lens and a wide angle. Which lens do you guys think would be best for all these different types of shots? Im not a pro of anything so i cant afford 304 different lenses.
     
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    i am no expert by any means but the 50mm i find works well for people and cars
     
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    I find the 18-70 is a pretty decent, reasonably priced all rounder for what you say you'll be shooting, obviously there are better lens in the nikon range but price and quality wise I think you'll be happy with this. H
     
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    Do you mean 'between a telephoto and a wide angle lens? A lens can be a 'wide angle zoom'...like the new Nikon 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 for example. It 'zooms' from 10 to 24mm.
     
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    If money is tight go for either of 35mm f1.8G, or 18-55mm AFS, or 18-70mm AFS. All will work very well as a first lens. Some might even suggest an 18-200 as a walk around lens. If you want a really good lens 17-55 f2.8 is an excellent mid zoom.
     
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    a prime is definitely the way to go, 50mm is probably your best bet
     
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    An excerpt from Thom Hogan's review of the D60.

    Good luck.
     
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    ya, telephoto i mean.
     
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    Not for what you say you'll be shooting, but if you want an all rounder wide to tele then I'd also go with 18-200vr, it'll cover the lot. Oh, and before I get all the wanabee togs here slagging it off I've heard all the arguments, no its not a prime but not everyone has prime cash, its good enough and better than many. H
     
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    The 50mm prime will not autofocus on that camera, so be aware of that. There is a new version of the 35mm which will (the AF-S version), which would be a good option, and I think 35mm is more useful than 50mm on a crop sensor camera.

    That said, I think for a first lens, a zoom will be much for fun for learning. The 18-55 kit lens is very cheap and quite good, and is a very useful range for what the OP said he will be shooting.
     
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    go with the 18-55 VR. you'll get much more use out of it than a prime. and you won't utilize the benefits of a prime anyway. if you get a 35 or 50 prime right off the bat, and it's your only lens you're going to be frustrated.

    also, the 50mm does come in AF-S flavor in the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G. more expensive, but it will auto focus on the D60/40
     
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    Cheap way = 18-200mm VR, and never take it off the camera.

    Other then that you have to buy multiple lenses.
     

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