Please help me choose my lens

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  1. Giigii

    Giigii TPF Noob!

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    Hello
    i got the nikon d7100
    and i have a budget about 1200$

    and i need to shoot landscapes, nature , wildlife etc

    and i don't know what lens do i choose? Please help by naming the lens
    and why this lens specifically


    And what about good portrait lenses too??

    Thanks all !!


     
  2. Solarflare

    Solarflare No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Dunno if its in budget (but probably is), but that looks like a job for the standard setup for Nikon DX:

    AF-S 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 DX VR [walkaround lens, landscape/nature, 16mm because its most of the time sufficient]
    AF-S 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR [wildlife]
    AF-S (or AF) 50mm f1.8 (or f1.4) [portraiture, lowlight]

    And maybe later the Sigma 8-16mm, Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, or some other for wide angle, and the Tamron 90mm f2.8 VC Makro (or some alternative) for macro photography.
     
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    Thanks a lot youre the man
     
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    Nikon AF 80-200 f2.8D (two ring)
     
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    KmH In memoriam Supporting Member

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    Used (about $650) Refurbished (about $750). For wildlife and portraiture. Made from 1997 to today.
    Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor Lens

    Or you can get the previous generation (made from 1993 to 1997) 1-ring (push-pull to zoom instead of a ring) Nikon AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED for about $350. It looks like this - http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/images1/80-200mm-f28-d/80-200mm-f28-d-950.jpg
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/80-200mm-history.htm

    Also consider a clean used copy of the about $350 Nikon 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Zoom Nikkor Lens that has a switchable macro (1:2) close focus capability from 35 mm to 85 mm.

    For low light and portraiture I recommend the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR Lens instard of the 50 mm f/1.8 recommended above.
     
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    I got my two ring for half that. The trick is to find someone selling a few things together and just resell what you don't need.
     
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    Tee Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    What's wrong with the lens that came with the camera?
     
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    How about a mixed bag of primes?
    35mm 1.8
    50mm 1.8
    85mm 1.8
     
  9. carylee2002

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    I would go with:
    Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 DI II (499.99),
    Tamron SP AF 17-50 f/2.8 XR DI-II LD Asperical (IF) (no stabilizer) (499.99)
    Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) (no stabliizer) (769.99)
    [h=3][/h]These are retail at BH photo. but shop around, I got the 17-50 from amazon for 235.00 new. The Tamron 10-24mm is slow but up to 17mm, where you switch lenses to f/2.8. These lenses are older versions but the 17-50mm is sharper than the new one with Vibration Control. Not to mention, Tamron comes with a 6yr warranty and Made in Japan. Not China or some other country. Their customer support has very high ratings. Also you will have a range from 10mm-200mm with most of it at f/2.8 throughout. So for $1800.00 you are pretty covered to do anything. My 2 cents.


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    Get the tamzooka. You can just get your shot in the comfort of your lawn chair :lmao::lmao::lmao:.
     
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    I personally use a 18-105 as a walk-around, 70-300 AF-S VR for reach, and Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 for wide angle. I also have a 50mm 1.8 AF-D but I NEVER use it even though I've been wanting to force myself to use it more often.

    You really can't go wrong with any of the above suggestions. The 80-200 f/2.8 is an excellent lens and I would've gone for it over the 70-300 AF-S VR but I'm on a tight budget. I've read the 24-85 isn't quite wide enough for most and lacks the reach compared to say the 18-105.
     
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    I think the most fun DX lenses to get if just starting out would be an ultra-wide zoom, and a fast mid-tele prime for portraits. These would be my pick for the most fun, most useful (especially in low light), and best bang-for-the-buck:

    • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 II [16.5-24mm-equivalent] $525.
    • AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G [127.5mm-equivalent] $497.

    You could also choose the slightly wider (but, considerably slower), bargain-priced Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 HSM [15-30mm-equivalent] which is currently on sale for only $399. The Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 HSM [12-24mm-equivalent] super ultra-wide is also a really fun lens, but suffers from marginal corner sharpness. Nevertheless, it's a darned wide lens for $649.

    Although shooting people with a 50mm [75mm-equivalent] on DX is okay, I much prefer the compression achieved with portrait lenses in the 120-180mm FX focal length, where the 85mm on a DX body fits right in the lower end of that range. My Nikon D3200 usually has just the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G on it when I take it out for casual people shooting. Have fun!
     
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