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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

    babyapplejack

    37
    Jul 20, 2008
    Canada
    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...

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  2. FotoPhocus

    FotoPhocus

    311
    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

    PWPhoto

    581
    Jul 21, 2006
    San Diego
    another vote for the Nikon 70-300vr or the sigma 30 1.4
     
  5. nykonian

    nykonian

    570
    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

    CraigH

    691
    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

    babyapplejack

    37
    Jul 20, 2008
    Canada
    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

    amcoelho

    61
    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.

    http://www.robertstech.com/vivitar.htm

    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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