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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:58 pm 
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Hi all,

First and foremost I would like to say that I have learned a lot from Gordon's youtube video while I was in search for a DSLR, I have also got a lot more information from the review here at cameralabs and the good folks participating at the forum. Thanks Gordon and others!

With that said I acutally haven't own a DSLR yet but I am pretty sure I would get a D90 with 18-105mm kit lens after a long battle against D3100 and T2i.

But here is my question, since Nikon have a lenses rebate program I can optionally get a 55-200mm f4/-5.6G AF-S DX VR for 100USD or the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR for 300USD. I have read the review for both of the lenses but since I never own either lenses I do not know if 300mm is overkill or 200mm would leave me to desire more?

I understand it might boils down to my type of usage but since I also don't have any DSLR experience I would like to ask the good folks here to share their thoughts.

Is the 55-200mm light, portable and decent enough zoom?
or the 70-300mm heavier, longer zoom a must have?

I usually take food picture and everyday general use for my old 3mp Sony P&S, but I also like to take pictures of airplane, nature(oooh, those close up shot), city(probably need a wide angle later). Oh, and the fogs! My city have fog coverage almost every single day, I just love how it looks when it is running half way down the mountain. =)

Budget wise it is on the line, while I like to spend a little over to get the 300mm, the 200 dollars difference I can get myself a 35mm f1.8(which I will eventually get if not now, and then I will have the debate on 35mm f1.8 or 50mm 1.8 ) .

The only problem is I have to buy the lenses with my body/kit purchase to get the discount, so if don't take advantage of it I do not see this deal anywhere else, including my local craiglist classified.

Thank you all in advance and I sincerely appreciate this site.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:00 pm 
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You have a lot of overlap and not much extra if you have the 18-105 as kitlens would you get the 55-200. That alone would make the 70-300 more worth it IF you want to have a second lens, how is the price D90 + 18-200 for you?

The debate 35 or 50mm is easily made, the 35mm is a more usable length in general DX photography. I find the 50mm often too long, but it does make creative perspectives.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:35 am 
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@Isulami, If you want to shoot aircraft and nature I would suggest the 70-300mm, if you get the 200mm lens you will find out quickly that it's to short for these types of shots. To compliment this, the 18-55mm kit lens should cover most for you while you discover what your interests really is and they are reasonable priced. Can't advise on the 35 or 50mm as I don't own one. Make sure they auto focus on your camera, my 70-300mm AF does not AF on the D40X.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:57 pm 
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Isulami wrote:
but I am pretty sure I would get a D90 with 18-105mm kit lens

No problems with lenses that autofocus except for the old AI-Nikkors. And also the 18-55 lens is not the first lens he will have.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:40 am 
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Thanks all and appreciate the inputs. =)

I put a hold on the 70-300mm VR for now and just got the D90 with 18-105mm kit. I believe I should find out what type of shots I actually take than what kind of shots I might take.

I also want to practice more with the camera first before making further investment.

And I'll probably got with the 35mm f/1.8 as my next lens.

Again thanks for the advice.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:22 pm 
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I have the 55-200mm VR, lovely light no fuss lens. Gives decent IQ across the range, it doesn't extend much at 200mm and doesn't rotate to focus, perfect for polarizer filters.

But, lately I find it a little short for my needs. I like to shoot birds in the garden at times or when out and about, I have a 17-50mm f/2.8 for general walkabout lens, but I never mind switching on the go. takes a few seconds. i don't like lenses that try to do too much in one, like those 18-200 jobs.

I'm currently looking to sell my 55-200 and go for either the 55-300mm VR or save a little extra for the 70-300 VR [which would be more of a keeper if you ever plan to go FX]

If you don't really bother to shoot birds or anything else far in the distance, but want a little reach for general shooting, the 55-200vr is great. But I'd suggest pairing it with the 18-55vr kit lens instead of the 18-105 [the 18-55 is actually a nicer lens IMO] As said, it's light as anything, you wont find a lighter tele-lens I don't think. It also saves you money. You don't need 300mm unless you actually ... need it. Only you can answer that one.

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Hello isulami, and welcome to the friendly Camera Labs forum!
To enjoy your stay here please have a look at the house-rules!
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I'd have voted for the 70-300. But it is also a very wise decision to just use a single lens and try to find out what youreally long for:
- large aperture prime to isolate the subject with shallow dof
- more reach for far-away subjects
- wider angle of view to take in more of a scene
The 18-105 gives you a great range and only after some experience will you know what gives you the best "bang for the buck" in an additional lens...

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