1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Equipment Which Nikon Lens

Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by Prime, 12 Feb 2013.

  1. Prime

    Prime New Member

    Joined:
    19 Aug 2009
    Posts:
    168
    Likes Received:
    15
    Hi,

    I am in a conundrum as to which lens to buy.

    I would like to replace my rather tired 18-55mm lens. The lens came with my D50 and has become rather floppy. As I am a student on a limited budget, i mostly buy second hand lenses.

    My local camera shop currently has several lenses that would be a good fit but I'm a little lost on what to get.

    My current gear is a Nikon D50, 50mm F1.8D, 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G and an 18-55mm F3.5 - 5.6G ED (1) lens. I also have a Nikon extension tube. In the long term I want to get an ultrawide zoom and a new body funds willing

    Which would be a good investment?

    AF 35-70mm f2.8D
    AF-S 18-105mm f3.5-5.6 VR
    AF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5D

    They also have a D40 and 18-55mm kit lens for the same price. :confused:

    Any advice would be appreciated?
     
  2. eddie_dane

    eddie_dane Used to mod pc's now I mod houses

    Joined:
    31 Jan 2002
    Posts:
    5,547
    Likes Received:
    65
    I have the 35-70mm lens and without knowing what you really want to shoot, I can tell you that this is a great lens from an investment standpoint. I purchased one second hand years ago because I needed something to fill in the gap between my 17-35 and my 70-200 and Nikon had just come out with the new 24-70 but it was way to expensive. My plan was to buy this lens until I could get the 24-70. I've never really thought about it since.

    It's not going to be a "wide" lens on your D50 but it is a great all-rounder and is one of my go-to lenses for portraits. It's built like a tank. It can be prone to flaring. I purchased a rubber hood for mine to help with that.
     
  3. Prime

    Prime New Member

    Joined:
    19 Aug 2009
    Posts:
    168
    Likes Received:
    15
    Thanks. I am kinda leaning towards the 35-70mm as well. (Although they have two at different prices so I need to find out why)

    Um, I shoot all sorts:

    I tend to shoot candids of people rather than portraits.
    Some landscape but a fair amount of scenery, nature, events.
    I'm also doing the photography for our solar car project.

    I use my camera for holiday shots, work and our solar car project - where I am one of the designated photographers, family and fun.
     
  4. JazzXP

    JazzXP Eh! Steve

    Joined:
    30 Apr 2002
    Posts:
    1,669
    Likes Received:
    13
    The only problem with the 35-70 is that it won't autofocus on your camera body.
     
  5. dead beat

    dead beat Rippin six 4 life

    Joined:
    15 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    1,508
    Likes Received:
    46
    With that focal range, surely the 35-70mm is more suited to FX. You will lose so much at the wide end on a DX camera if you go for that lens.

    When I upgraded my 18-55 kit lens, I went for the 17-55mm f2.8 which is superb, however this lens is rather expensive. Out of the lenses that you have listed, I would say that the 18-105 would be the most usable on your camera, but without a budget, it is hard to suggest an alternative.
     
  6. fathazza

    fathazza Freed on Probation

    Joined:
    20 May 2002
    Posts:
    3,256
    Likes Received:
    16
    It will actually :)
     
  7. eddie_dane

    eddie_dane Used to mod pc's now I mod houses

    Joined:
    31 Jan 2002
    Posts:
    5,547
    Likes Received:
    65
    Yeah, the D50 has a focussing motor. That and the high flash sync speeds are why I still use mine.
     
  8. Prime

    Prime New Member

    Joined:
    19 Aug 2009
    Posts:
    168
    Likes Received:
    15
    Edit: That too ^^


    It will. That is one of the great things about the D50 :D The D40 on the other hand :grr:
     
  9. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

    Joined:
    15 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    10,608
    Likes Received:
    234
    You will struggle to shoot landscape without wide angle.

    35mm on a DX is more or less 50mm, your field of view will be very narrow.

    I'd go with 18-105mm. it's not a fast lens, but it is a modern lens with VR, it should perform well in most situations. You've got the 50/1.8 when need faster shutter in low light situations.
     
  10. GregTheRotter

    GregTheRotter New Member

    Joined:
    9 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    4,263
    Likes Received:
    88
    I cant understand why anyone wanta 35-70mm lens on a DX body tbh. Personally I'd either try to pick up a used 18-55 VR, or go for the 18-105 VR.
     
  11. eddie_dane

    eddie_dane Used to mod pc's now I mod houses

    Joined:
    31 Jan 2002
    Posts:
    5,547
    Likes Received:
    65
    Like I said. For a lot of types of work, the 35-70 might not fit the bill. I have used it many, many times as a portrait/short tele on DX bodies. I was testifying as an owner to it's image and build quality. I don't have any experience with the other two so I didn't have anything to add.

    It also may help that another reason why I got the 35-70 is that I knew that I would be moving to FX soon so being able to use it on either was a big bonus. I use it about 50% on my FX body (which makes sense - since this lens was developed for 35mm film bodies back in the day).

    edit: Also, the push-pull zoom design of this took some time to get used to. It's totally a non-issue now but it broke my brain when I first got it.
     
  12. Prime

    Prime New Member

    Joined:
    19 Aug 2009
    Posts:
    168
    Likes Received:
    15
    I didn't give a budget because i don't know how rands here will translate into pounds in terms of cameras.

    My budget is R3000 which is the cost of a second hand SB 900 (roughly)

    http://www.kameraz.com/second_hand.html Should give you an idea of second hand prices here.

    the 17-55 is out of budget. I looked at it.
     
  13. dead beat

    dead beat Rippin six 4 life

    Joined:
    15 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    1,508
    Likes Received:
    46
    Well in that case, as I stated before, I would suggest the 18-105 as the most sensible option.
     
  14. Prime

    Prime New Member

    Joined:
    19 Aug 2009
    Posts:
    168
    Likes Received:
    15
    yes, sorry I was trying to leave the office, didn't have time to answer your post as well.

    I think I am going to go with the 18-105 lens. I will go mad without the width. Though I do prefer the build quality in fx lenses.
     
  15. JazzXP

    JazzXP Eh! Steve

    Joined:
    30 Apr 2002
    Posts:
    1,669
    Likes Received:
    13
    Well... crap.... hahahaha, here I was thinking the D50 sat between the D40 and the D60... silly me!
     
  16. Prime

    Prime New Member

    Joined:
    19 Aug 2009
    Posts:
    168
    Likes Received:
    15
    I like push pull zooms. I find them intuitive. I have an Series E 70-210 zoom and you can zoom and focus in one action :lol:

    As much as the optics are good on the 18-55, I don't feel enamoured by the build quality and durability. Plus the front element rotates which is infuriating with a filter :duh:


    I went with the 18-105. :clap: :D

    Thanks for the advice
     

Share This Page