Which lens for D5000?

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  1. Max Headroom

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    Hello everyone!
     
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    what do you have? whats your budget? what do you want to shoot? whats your background?
     
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    Hey Max, a little to much room in the head there?

    Uh, A lens for what? Doink :lmao:

    Piece of cake, a nice little zoom like this one:

    just be sure and tell them you want it in black, becuse the 3-day-old-puke green just doesn't cut it.

    Sigma | 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF Autofocus Lens | 597306

    All kidding aside. You need 3 lenses to have a complete basic kit (70mm to 200mm). It's also known as the Nikon Trinity

    Nikon | AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens | 2185

    Nikon | AF-S Zoom Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens | 2164

    Nikon | AF-S Zoom Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens | 2163 | B&H

    Above 200mm it starts getting a little pricey because you're getting into the more specialized sports and wildlife gear:

    Nikon | 300mm f/2.8 G-AFS ED-IF VR Lens | 2154 | B&H Photo Video

    Nikon | AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR Autofocus Lens | 2171

    Nikon | AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR Autofocus Lens - | 2172

    Nikon | Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR Autofocus | 2173

    But those 7 lenses will cover just about everything you might want to shoot. :thumbup:
     
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    And 2 flash units, sb800 or sb900 as master :)
     
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    A tripod!!!!! A tripod!!!!! A tripod!!!!!!

    No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    An Ed Dolly I think: MSE - Matthews Studio Equipment, with the Matthews Mini Bazooka. (MUST be purchased separately, only $400.)
     
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    LOL Thanks for even bothering answer the vaguest lens-question ever!

    Seriously though, what really happened was that the largest part of my message was rejected, probably because I copy-pasted from Word and had some embedded links too (strangely it showed OK when I posted it).
    So, here I go again, no copy-pasting or links this time :lol::

    I'm about to buy a D5000 and I'm looking for a good yet affordable walk-around lens. It will probably be my only lens for a quite a while. I've narrowed the short-list down to the following candidates:
    * Nikkor 16-85 VR
    * Nikkor 18-105 VR
    * Nikkor 18-200 VR
    * Tamron 17-50 VC

    I would really appreciate your opinion on image quality, AF speed and accuracy and any other things that may not appear on specs, like real-life performance in bright lighting conditions (flare, contrast-loss due to fogging etc).

    Thanks a lot!

    (End of message :mrgreen:)
     
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    Don't get the Nikon 18-200 mm, unless you enjoy trying to correct complex barrel and pin cushion distortion in Photoshop. It has the worst distortion of any Nikon lens made today.

    I would say get the Nikon 18-105.
     
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    I'd skip all of those and go for the Sigma 18-250 HSM OS...
     
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    Thank you for your suggestion, I hadn't thought of that. Do you believe Sigma is optically better or just more versatile, due to it's larger zoom factor?
    I must say that I put much more weight to the first than the later; I also think than I like more, extra mm's at the "wide" than "tele" part of the range.
     
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    It's been a wonderful walk around lens for me, as seen here - you be the judge. Everything about this lens is great; the price, the range and the quality.

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    Looks stunning at 80mm, f/11 indeed!
    Checking some other samples, taken under bright light and using various focal length and aperture settings, I noticed awful CAs. Have you had any such problems?
     

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