Telephoto for My D40?

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    Hi there,
    I'm relatively new to the photography world. I got my first SLR a couple of months back and since then I've bought the nikkor 50mm f/1.8. Now, along with the lagging kit lens, I want to expand my collection with a much needed telephoto. Trouble is, I don't know what I want, or what I need for that matter. I have under nine hundred bones to throw at it.

    Now I know what macro means and what it achieves, but I don't know what it means to me, in a sense that I don't know what I need. I'm thinking I need a telephoto for nature, icebergs, a few concerts, an maybe the odd mtb race. So maybe I do need a macro for this.

    I pulled these off another thread which losts all compatible lenses for D40's.

    AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ~ $500

    AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8D ED-IF < can't find a price??? (I'm gussing this is a pricy one)

    50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX DG ~ $1000

    50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM ~ $650

    70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro ~ $900

    80-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro < can't find a price???

    80-400mm f/4-5.6 EX OS ~ $1100

    Also, the tamron sp af 70-200mm F/2.8 Di macro wouldn't by chance be left out of this list? It seems like a good lens for the price, but I doubt it would be compatible with my camera.
     
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    the 80-200 is about 1000 bucks...

    to answer your question, we should probably know your price range... i notice that you did post the high priced lens... so does that mean that price isnt an issue?
     
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    I said around $900, sorry if I wasn't clear. You'll have to really convince me to spend any more for the $1000 or $1100 one. I seem to be having trouble even finding out if the AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8D ED-IF even exists. I can only find the AF version, which is no good to me.
     
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    If you're just starting out and not into serious photography you could save money by buying some sigma lenses, good quality and a little cheaper.
     
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    Since you mentioned concert photography, I suggest you forget those variable aperture zooms. Anything slower than f/2.8 will be useless in concert lighting.

    If Tamron says they make it with a Nikon mount, it will mount on your camera and probably meter. However, it will only autofocus on your camera if it has a built-in focus motor.
     
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    I used the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM Macro on my D40 for a long time, worked great and loved it! I plan on always haveing a 70-200 f/2.8 hopefully one day I can upgrade to the Nikon:) The range is perfect!
     
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    Unfortunately the AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8D is no longer made. It was replaced by the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR (about $1600 USD).

    You might be able to find the 80-200mm AF-S used.
     
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    Yeah, I was thinking that. it mustn't of been production for very long, cause I looked on ebay and no results.

    Thanks for all the help!
     
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    Yeah! After considering that lens for a while, I think I might get this one! I think I can get it as low as $800 according to google, (the site has an excellent rating).
     
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    That's not surprising you didn't find it on ebay. If I had that lens I sure wouldn't part with it!
     
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    I would also recommend Sigma's 70-200 f/2.8. If its lower-end cousin, the 55-200 f/4-5.6 (I know, it's VERY low-end) is anything to go by, it's well worth getting. In my opinion, the price you save is worth the tiny bit of image quality lost & the fact that there is no Vibration Reduction. Also, Macro in Sigma's lenses does NOT mean a 1:1 reproduction ratio (apart from in their "official" macro prime lenses), I think the 70-200 has a repro ratio of 1:2 or even 1:3. Still, it's a great buy.

    Have fun!
     
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    The build on Sigmas EX glass is excellent, may not be metal but it is a vary sturdy lens for sure! Store wise...Pay the extra and get it from B&H Photo!!!!!! I can't stress that enough, if you want the best service than there is no substitute!!!!
     

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