Suggest a mid zoom or prime for my kit.

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  1. Call_me_Tom

    Call_me_Tom TPF Noob!

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    I currently have the following

    D200
    D70
    18-200VR
    12-24AFS
    70-300VR

    The 18-200VR is practically glued to the D70 and I use it as my glorified P&S camera. I'm looking for something to shore up the gap between the 12-24VR and the 70-300VR. As I don't get paid to take photographs I'm looking for consumer grade glass vs pro. A couple of lenses that strike my interest are the 24-70HSM, 16-85VR, or the 50 f1.8

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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've heard reports of widely varying quality on Sigma's 24-70, but if you don't mind making a return trip or two to your local camera store if you do get a dog, then that might well be a good option. I don't recommend the 1.8 50; three words: Plastic lens mount!
     
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    I suggest the 1.8 50mm. That will be the best spent 100 you have every put in to your photo collection. Since I bought mine it has only come off my d200 once.
     
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    I order from Amazon which has a good return policy but...I hate returning things. Thanks for the advice on the 1.8 50 as I didn't realize it was a plastic mount. I'll need to look into the 1.4 and see how that stacks up.
     
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    epp_b No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The 50mm f/1.8 is just too good a lens at too good a price to resist. It's what I'd suggest. Although, judging by your equipment, you might be able to afford the f/1.4.
     
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    50mm f/1.8 or sigma 20-60mm f2.8... the sigma lens is super cheap for the performance; HOWEVER, save that warranty card! they tend to "vary" in quality.
     
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    All of these quality comments in regards to Sigma are making me reluctant to move in that direction.
     

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