which lens do you recommend?

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  1. sterlingp

    sterlingp TPF Noob!

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    I have been reading and reading reviews& opinions of different lenses till I have given myself a headache almost. I thought I would just ask away. I just have my kit lenses and a prime lens and am wanting to find something that is fast and sharp! I am looking for the $600 price range, but $1000.00 might be possible. Which lenses would you recommend??? I shoot a little of everything from landscapes, portraits, and small weddings. I would even do a 3rd party lens. What are the best lenses under $1000.00
    I have been reading up on these lenses, but need more help!!!
    d90 kit lens 18-105 mm 3.5-5.6 (I like the range) ($300.00)
    nikon 18-200 mm vr11 ($700-800)
    WOULD LOVE Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 but $1600 is too much for me right now (is there something comparable in a 3rd party lens)????
    THIRD PARTY:
    tamron 17-50 VC 2.8

    Thanks for your time in advance!!!!
     
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    chammer TPF Noob!

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    tamron 17-50 2.8 and/or tamron 28-75 2.8 are both excellent choices.
     
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    i know its right above your $1000 limit but
    canon 24-70 2.8 L this is considered the wedding lens and pro-grade
    canon 70-200 2.8 L
     
  4. Mate, pay closer attention. She has a Nikon.

    sterlingp, that 24-70 is a great range, can you get one used?
     
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    BLD_007 TPF Noob!

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    Sorry, I thought everyone shot cannon =p

    sorry I can't help =/
     
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    if you dont mind buying used equipment i'd suggest the 17-55 f2.8 from nikon... its my workhorse and i've never been let that... for used it sells between 900-1k from amazon
     
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    sterlingp TPF Noob!

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    LOL on the Canon thing!!!! I bought my first digital point & shoot Nikon coolpix 7900 5 years ago on a cruise (paid over $400 for it back then) and have been in love with Nikon ever since, now my coolpix is my underwater camera!!! Minolta was my thing before that!
    Any hooo......No, I do not mind buying a used Nikon lens if I can find a good one but am looking to replace 2 lenses this year and don't know if I can afford both Nikon labels!
    What about the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS (Optical Stabilizer) HSM AutoFocus ?
    I have the Nikkor 18-55 vr kit lens & the 55-200 NON VR kit lens, I am wanting to sell both(though I know they aren't worth that much I'm hoping $150.00 each)! I'd like to keep my 1.8 35mm nikkor prime as I do love it! I also need to purchase another flash I already have the SB 600, and I need one more battery before my weddings. I need to plant my money tree now!!
    Which rent a lens places do y'all recommend????
     
  8. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    The Nikon Budget Trinity:

    AF-S 12-24 f/4G... $999.95 new (Amazon, used as low as $640)
    AF 24-85 f/2.8-4D... $699.95 new (Amazon, used as low as $420)
    AF 80-200 f/2.8D... $1099.95 new (Amazon, used as low as $850)

    LensProToGo.com
    LensRentals.com
     
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    tamron 17-50/2.8 or sigma 18-50/2.8 would be great and the vc version of the tamron 17-50/2.8 is supposed to be almost as good iq wise as the non-vc model while the vc can be helpful for low light or many situations where you need to use a slow shutter speed. i've heard mixed though mostly positive reviews about the sigma 18-50/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM and, either way, it sounds like a nice lens for 200 bucks but, if you have the money, one of the constant f/2.8 lenses (tamron 17-50/2.8 or sigma 18-50/2.8) would be optically superior and better in low light at least at longer focal lengths. the nikon 18-105vr sounds very tempting and, for what (little) i shoot, it would probably be better especially with the longer range, plus it's a good quality lens (said to be better than kit lens in iq), though not as good as the f/2.8 zooms optically...
     
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    Gotta go with Chammer's advice on this...the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 BTW is available in an "older" model WITHOUT an in-lens focusing motor, and that model focuses much faster on a D90 or other higher-level Nikon than the newer, in-lens motor version. You might be able to located an older, pre-D40-era lens without the focusing motor in the lens by looking someplace besides the mega-stores.

    The Tamron 28-75 is so good,that Minolta, and then Sony, licensed it for their own lens line. Pentax too, has re-badged the Tamron 28-75 and sells it with new rubber and the Pentax badge....it's "that good".
     
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    New version Tamron 28-75 crapped out on my D90 and kept dropping communication.
     
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    djacobox372 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You should consider used--lenses hold their value really well.

    Here's a great kit for you for <$1000

    Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 $250
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 $550

    That leaves you $200 to spend on a flash or a 50mm f1.8, or perhaps save up for a wide angle 10-20mm sigma.
     

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