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Hey Everyone,

I was just wondering what good all around lenses I could look into purchasing for my new D40 and it's awesome 18-55mmII kit lens!

all around use. versatile and priced decently. my shooting style is very versatile right now, I love still life, portraits, nature, landscape, and otherwise things that I need more range for, like birds in flight, other animals I can't really get close to, and my siblings soccer games (my brother is in ODP club, not serious stuff bit more intense then little league soccer. and my sister is Pro-Soccer) so as you can see I would like as few lenses I would need to basically get the job done and aren't that expensive. my idea of expensive is paying $1600 for the fully professional 600mm lens (a crazy good lens from what I hear).

anything more or less under 1k is fine. like the wide angel lens I want that's around $914.

so I was thinking:
1) 18-55mm VR (same as the kit lens but with VR)
2) 55-200mmVR for far away shots
3) 12-24 ultra wide angle

I was also thinking about adding something with more range like the 70-300mm. that way I'll have covered everything from 12mm to 300mm. and have a ultra wide angel lens for those stunning landscape shots.
 
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No need to spend money on the 18-55 vr.

BUT, you could do the 55-200 VR if you wanted, but my thoughts would say go pick up a used copy of the Nikon 80-200 AF-S or pickup a new sharp copy of the Sigma 70-200 HSM Macro II. For soccer and stuff these would be the way to go, not with the 55-200, especially with a budget of under 1k.

Much better quality than the 55-200 although you'll have to live without VR, but they are both fast glass so it wont be too big a problem.

The Nikon 12-24 is nice, and i would suggest it if your primary interest will be landscapes, the sigma 10-20 hsm would also be a good CHEAPER alternative.
 
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Interesting. I'll have to re work my wishlist then. I think i'd like to stay with nikkor lenses for auto focus, vr and expecially the metering.

but i guess it doesn't matter with things like the wide angle lenses
 
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my idea of expensive is paying $1600 for the fully professional 600mm lens (a crazy good lens from what I hear).
If you can get one for that price, buy about 10 of them and then sell the first one for $15,000.00 - you will be making huge bucks by your second sale!

I'm guessing you meant $16,000 not $1600 and I am being silly about it

Go with cleoent's suggestions - they are right on the money
 
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Interesting. I'll have to re work my wishlist then. I think i'd like to stay with nikkor lenses for auto focus, vr and expecially the metering.

but i guess it doesn't matter with things like the wide angle lenses
pro glass from the 3rd parties are pretty good, i definitely wouldn't let that deter you.
 
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Ok,

assuming I go with another brand for an alternative. what ones work best on the D40? reading kenrockwell.com you find that (from his experience) sigma's aren't very solid and feel flimsy. I wouldn't know, i've never used one i don't think.

what do you all think?
 
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If you can get one for that price, buy about 10 of them and then sell the first one for $15,000.00 - you will be making huge bucks by your second sale!

I'm guessing you meant $16,000 not $1600 and I am being silly about it

Go with cleoent's suggestions - they are right on the money
I'm really sorry, i ment the fully professional 70-200mm for $1,600. I'm an idiot... the 600mm sells for around a mere $9,500.
 
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reading kenrockwell.com
Take everything that man says with a huge grain of kosher salt...

I have had positive experiences with Sigma lenses (24-60/2.8, 10-20)...others here have had quite good positive experiences with the Sigma 70-200/2.8 and other "pro" quality glass...
 
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Take everything that man says with a huge grain of kosher salt...

I have had positive experiences with Sigma lenses (24-60/2.8, 10-20)...others here have had quite good positive experiences with the Sigma 70-200/2.8 and other "pro" quality glass...
^ yeah that -

The Sigma in my signature is heavy and way more solid than a 18-55, my 18-135 or a 55-200

I really like it
 
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Your third party lenses, at least Sigma, Tokina and Tamaron are going to meter, focus and everything fine with your D40. I will be getting a couple Sigma lenses I'm sure. THe 10-20mm, 30mm 1.4 and maybe a zoom not sure what I want there yet. Im like you anything much over $1000 is kind of a wet dream for me right now.
 

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