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What lens to compliment my "kit"?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by lms6241, May 12, 2007.

  1. lms6241


    Apr 16, 2007
    I am planning on getting the Tokina 12-24mm. Later on I would like to add the Nikon 70-300mm. What lens/lenses would compliment the above, be great in low and bright/natural light scenarios. I would use this lens as a walk around and will be taking pictures of family memories. It will be mounted on a D50.
  2. Hi there

    usually people here tend to favour the Sigma 30 F1.4 or the Nikkor 35 F2 as a fixed walkaround prime. Natural alternatives often chosen are the Nikon 50 F1.4/F1.8 and/or the 85 F1.8 for a tighter angle of view. As for zooms, you can choose, depending on your budget, the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 or the Nikkor 17-55 F2.8. Alternatively, if you like a longer lens, the Tamron 28-75 F2.8 or the Nikon 28-70 F2.8 (really expensive,though, as the 17-55)
    Other lenses you could evaluate later? Surely a macro (both Nikon, Sigma Tamron and Tokina have excellent models all between 90 and 150mm).
  3. I have the Tokina 12-24 to complement my 17-55. The 17-55 is a very fast, high quality lens. If you can justify the cost to yourself, it's a lifetime purchase. I then marry both of these with the 70-200/2.8 for longer reach.
    I believe in the old adage of taking it slow and building with quality lenses. Buy good - buy once.
  4. I'll second the Nikkor 35 f2. Sharp as a tack, lightweight and compact, fast, and affordable. Falls right in between the lenses you have already. I have the 17-55, and it's a great lens, but I find that 35 on my camera a lot these days. FWIW
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  5. lms6241


    Apr 16, 2007
    I was thinking of the 50mm/1.8 and the 85mm/1.8. Glad to know I'm on the right track. The 17-55 is out of my price range. I also think the 17-55 and 70-200 are going to be way too much lens for me. The D50 is going to be used as an awesome P&S in the while I'm learning.
  6. I'll also chime in with the 35mm f/2.

    Does well outdoors and indoors.
  7. Gr8Tr1x

    Gr8Tr1x Guest

    I hope you mean the newer 70-300mm VR...I cannot say enough good things about that lens. It's great.

    As far as a compliment, perhaps a good lowlight prime as suggested. The 50mm 1.8 and the 35mm f/2 can be had pretty cheaply. Maybe even a 60mm 2.8 Macro....that would give you some close-up capability and you'd have a well-rounded kit.
  8. Dennyd80

    Dennyd80 Guest

    Invest in primes. The 35/2, 50/1.8, 85/1.8 are all excellent family event lenses and are very sharp.
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