Which Nikon lens for my D60??

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  1. NicoleH

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    Hi,
    I am kind of new to slr photography, but I have been into photography for a while. I got my D60 in December, with two lenses (Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR and Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR)

    I am looking to buy a zoom/telephoto lens sometime soon and I was wondering if anyone could recommend to me some good choices.

    The main uses I would want for my new lens are nature/wildlife photography, and equine photography. I would want to take lots of action shots, and to have good low light performance.

    I can spend around $800 for the lens, and would be willing to look around for a while to find a good deal on a used one if the normal price for the lens is out of my price range.

    The Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 D looked really good to me, and I saw a used one for sale that was in good condition for sale for only $600.... But the AF won't work on my d60.... :'( And the version with the Af-S is out of my price range. Would it be worth it to buy the 80-200 without being able to use the AF and focus manually, or would that be too difficult to learn and use for action shots. I don't have much experience using manual focus for action pictures...

    I was also looking at the Nikon 18-200mm VR. Could that work for the type of photography I am interested in, and can it take decent ow light action shots. (At least, for the price range I am looking at)

    Also, are prime lenses good for this kind of photography? I don't know wer much about those....

    Let me know if you have any suggestions.
    Thanks!
    -Nicole
     
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    70-300VR, I love this lens and sold my 18-200VR to get it with no regrets.

    For $800 you could get the 70-300VR AND the 35mm f/1.8 that will both work great on your D60.

    70-300VR Example:

    I know these aren't great shots but for the conditions I'm happy... plus they were handheld with autofocus, two mistakes on my part.

    I went from this at 70mm:
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    To this at 300mm:
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    The bokeh is great as well:
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    And the moon is always fun (still need to hone my moon skills):
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    If you look a few threads down, I posted one called "I've taken up an expensive hobby" that I got some great advice in. Also some pretty good links there.
     
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    Low light action shots - depends on how close you are to the action. For that I would as the previous poster suggest the 35MM F/1.8 (as the 50MM F/1.4 is a bit too pricey for what it offers).
     
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    I know a person that (Canon user) use 85mm F/1.8 for indoor volleyball. So low light action shots works pretty well with a fast prime telephoto lens.
     
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    do you plan on upgrading your body anytime soon? i wouldn't suggest the 80-200mm f/2.8 unless you're planning on an upgrade.

    if you're sticking with the D60 then i'd have to say go with the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8.
     
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    Thanks for the advice!!
    Im not planning on upgrading my camera body anytime soon... So I will research all of theses suggested lenses. That narrows down my search a lot :) It can be kind of hard to pick out only a couple lenses, when there are so many. :lol:

    I have decided that I definitely want a prime lens to go along with my zoom lens. While i was doing some researching, I read something about the nikon 55mm f/1.8 and saw that it has really good reviews. (and its only $100) How does this lens compare to the 35mm f/1.8 in quality, and how useful it would be in the type of photography i am interested in? I wouldn't mind taking time to practice manual focusing, so I don't think that would be a huge issue.

    How does the quality of the pics with Sigma or Tamron lenses compare to the quality of pics with a Nikon lens? I know, for the 70-200, there is probably a lot of difference in performance between nikon and sigma, but does the sigma still have good color and quality?


    -Btw those are great pics N0YZE!!!

    Thanks again!
    -Nicole
     
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    It's not 55mm, it's 50mm. Unfortunately the problem with the 50mm f/1.8 is the fact that it has no built in auto-focus motor in the lens so if you wanted to use auto-focus on the camera, it wouldn't work. You would have to use manual the entire time. That's one of things I wish I knew about before buying the Nikon D60 because then I would have so much more options in terms of lenses. As another poster said though, the 50mm f/1.4 is a great lens but it is of course, a bit too pricey coming out at around $480 but $550 with the tax and everything from B&H and even more if you're buying it online cause of shipping. But the lens is amazing and I don't regret ever buying it!

    If you go on my blog, Sameet A. Ahmed, every picture on the slideshow is from the 50mm f/1.4 except for the first picture. You can get an idea of how the picture quality is on the Nikon D60 since I use it as well. Hope I helped.
     
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    Yea, if you really want to invest in some good glass look at the 50mm 1.4. I don't regret putting the extra money into it at all! I love it!
     
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    Why focus on manual focusing? Theres no reason to. Other than macro photography where it is very easy to miss focus even on a subject that is not moving, auto-focusing is worlds better and more convenient than anything you might be able to reproduce using manual focus (other than creative out-of-focus shots of course).

    Many people I see advocate "Manual focus" as it will help them (or others) become better photographers or some such - I just think its something a small subset want to be able to claim they can do, "just because".
     
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    N0YZE you just convinced me to go out and buy a 70 - 300 lens for my D60, that comparison was amazing and felt just like sales pitch, well done
     

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