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Need some help choosing a lens for the D40

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by babyapplejack, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. babyapplejack


    Jul 20, 2008
    I have had my Nikon D40 with the 18-55mm lens for about a year and I absolutely love it!!! But I am now in the market for a new lens.

    Things that I enjoy taking pics of are my 2 children, animals, thunder storms, fireworks, my son's soccer games (he's only 3) and nature. What would you guys suggest for a lens?

    TIA :smile:

    Here is some pics with my 18-55...





  2. FotoPhocus


    Jun 15, 2008

    I just bought an 18-135 from a fellow NikonCafe member. He's shipping it tomorrow, so I'll have it at the end of this week. Not only do you get sharper images overall, but now you have a bit more focal length covered - which really might come in handy snagging some candids of your 2 kids.
  3. The 18-135 is an excellent suggestion. For "sports action" the 70-300 VR is a great performer. Best of luck!
  4. PWPhoto


    Jul 21, 2006
    San Diego
    another vote for the Nikon 70-300vr or the sigma 30 1.4
  5. nykonian


    May 4, 2007
    New York
    Why would you need another lens when you took such beautiful pics with 18-55VR?
  6. Depends on what you want. Higher image quality or more reach. If IQ is what you want I would suggest upgrading your kit lens to something like a Tamron 17-50. Its the same range but you get f2.8 which means more isolation shots like the ones you posted.
  7. CraigH


    Mar 21, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    You already have the 18-55 range covered. I'd get either the 55-200 vr or the 70-300vr as my second lens. It will give you a new perspective to explore. You might consider a nice macro in the 100mm range. You have to make sure that you get it with a built in motor like the Nikkor 105 or Sigma with HSM. The Sigma 150 f2.8 macro is a wonderful lens, but might be a little expensive at $600. Macro lenses make excellent portrait lenses as well as for macro use.
  8. babyapplejack


    Jul 20, 2008
    Thanks guys for all your suggestions! What can I do to get closer pics from a distance?
  9. KG72

    KG72 Guest

    You'll need a telephoto for that. Go with the 70-300mm VR. You'll have the mid-range covered at 70mm and the long end covered at 300mm. I wouldn't worry about not having the 55-70mm range covered... you probably won't miss it and can always "foot zoom" if need be.
  10. Get something with a longer reach (a higher mm). For instance, there have been suggestions for the 55-200mm or 70-300mm. I don't have experience with either - but if you want to stay in the same price-range of the lens you currently use, then that's probably your best bet.
  11. amcoelho


    Feb 26, 2008
    Atl, GA
    I would recommend the 70-300vr.
    I do have the 55-200vr, and at the time was not sure I was going to get into this (EXPENSIVE!) hobby.
    I should have spent the extra $100-$150 for the 70-300vr over the 55-200vr, as, 200 is never enough length! :) 

    The other concern is of course your budget.

    If you are willing to spend some time manual focusing, and metering, (Understanding aperture and shutter speed, iso settings etc.) for about $30-$40 USD, you could get a vivitar series 1 70-210 / f.35.


    The first version does macro 1:2 too.
    This would at least give you a taste for what 210mm gets you. (Then you will find out that, you need more reach :)  )
    Here are some examples: (Don't recall the fstops on them, as it does not meter)

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