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    im using a nikon D80 now with a 18-200VR lens.
    what are the lens thats suitable to buy after that?
    Sigma 30mm f1.4?? or any other suggestions thanks!

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    Default Re: What Lens to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by RxXxX View Post
    im using a nikon D80 now with a 18-200VR lens.
    what are the lens thats suitable to buy after that?
    Sigma 30mm f1.4?? or any other suggestions thanks!
    depends on what you want to shoot

    wide angle landscapes?
    macro?
    sports?
    birds?

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    Default Re: What Lens to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by RxXxX View Post
    im using a nikon D80 now with a 18-200VR lens.
    what are the lens thats suitable to buy after that?
    Sigma 30mm f1.4?? or any other suggestions thanks!
    That depends what you normally take and which field are you heading.

    some example: landscape, macro, sport, portrait, events, nature.

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    ok basically i was thinking that the 18-200VR could be used for all major landscapes, then i wanted to do sharper images for portraits. More into landscapes, scenery and family photos( in groups)

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    if budget is not a problem and you plan to stay with the DX sensor then

    AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED

    Developed exclusively for use with Nikon DX Format digital SLR cameras, this lightweight, compact zoom lens is an excellent match for the new D2H digital SLR camera.

    The 17-55mm range exceeds 3x zoom to broaden wide angle to medium telephoto photographic possibilities, and the lens maintains fast f/2.8 aperture throughout to make it practical and easy to use. When mounted on any of the Nikon D2H, D1-series or D100 digital SLR cameras, the picture angle is the equivalent to 25.5 ~ 82.5mm on a 35mm [135] format camera.

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    wow! the price shocked me.. haha erm ya on tight budget. hmm how bout the 50mm f1.8 or
    f1.4? is it worth to buy this lens?

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    Default Re: What Lens to buy

    why don't you buy a focal range that you don't already have
    or your current lens can't do?

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    hmm and what lens would those that u mention be? are they below 500?

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    For landscape and group photography, you should consider a wide angle zoom, say the 12-24mm.

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    whats the price for it?

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    Since you already have the 18-200 as your "general purpose" lens... it has covered most of your shooting range... so now... you can look at fast lenses or ultra wides... here are some suggesstions with budget in mind:

    Tokina 12-24 f/4 - Ultra wide for landscapes and taking large groups, etc. [as compared to Nikon's 12-24 f/4] - about $700 new

    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 - Fast lens for that range [as compared to Nikon's 17-55 f/2.8] - about $650 new

    Nikon 80-200 f/2.8D - Fast telephoto lens but look for the one-touch AF-D or two-touch AF-D models... which are more affordable now 2nd hand - about $700 (1-touch) / $1000 (2-touch) 2nd hand

    Then here are some prime lenses for portraits. The range would depend on what kind of shooting distance you are looking for.
    Nikon 35mm f/2D - about $500 new
    Nikon 50mm f/1.8D - about $180 new
    Nikon 50mm f/1.4D - about $480 new
    Nikon 85mm f/1.8D - about $620 new

    What you can also do is to look through all the photos you have shot with yoru 18-200mm lens. Look at what range you normally shoot at, e.g. I normally shoot at 35-70mm for portraits, and 17mm for landscape, etc. This would give you an idea what lens would complement the 18-200 which you have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RxXxX View Post
    whats the price for it?
    You can check out the prices from the price list in the different forums, e.g. Nikon stuff is in the Nikon forum... or you can call and inquire from the shops.
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    woah tks alot but why is the price so much of a diff dtw a 50mm f1.8 and f1.4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RxXxX View Post
    woah tks alot but why is the price so much of a diff dtw a 50mm f1.8 and f1.4?
    The bigger the aperture... the more expensive... because of the design, construction, glass, etc. Just on the surface, when you put the 50mm f/1.8 and f/1.4 side by side, you can already see the difference in the built of the lens

    Having said that, the 50mm 1.8 is a really good lens... and is a good prime lens to start out with...
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    haha well it falls under my budget so might consider getting it. anyway wheres the best place to get it? and can the lens be used to take group photos thats sharp?

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    Default Re: What Lens to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by RxXxX View Post
    hmm and what lens would those that u mention be? are they below 500?
    below 18mm - 12-24

    above 200mm - 70-300mm VR, 170-500mm, 300mm

    macro - 60mm, 90mm, 105mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by RxXxX View Post
    haha well it falls under my budget so might consider getting it. anyway wheres the best place to get it? and can the lens be used to take group photos thats sharp?
    Firstly... how big is the group you are taking? How much space do you have in the room/place to take that group photo? Why don't you try out by setting your 18-200 to 50mm and take photos without zooming in or out... and you will get a feel of using prime lenses (our feet will do the zooming).

    If you want to get new lenses at a good price... look for "The Oracle" in the buy & sell section. PM him what you are looking for.
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    Thanks for all the help!!! i bought a 50mm f1.8 from 'The Oracle'. will study more for the next lens to get. thanks for all the valuable information.

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