Re: Newbie Lens Questions
- From: Chris H <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 08:23:10 +0000
In message <2010022815122419336-savageduck1@REMOVESPAMmecom>, Savageduck
On 2010-02-28 14:56:26 -0800, "Paul" <true.kilted.scot@xxxxxxxxx> said:
Folks. Hope you don't mind a newbie popping in here and asking a
couple of questions.
I've used a digital camera for several years now, and I've decided
to now dip my toe in the ocean that is DSLRs. A guy I work with has
suggested that the Nikon D5000 is a good camera for me to start with,
given my knowledge of digital cameras and my experience in
photography. However, where I'm falling down is the minefield that
I know that the suggestion of which lens to use is a personal thing,
but as a newbie I'd appreciate any help you can give. So, here
I'm looking for two lenses. One lens will be used for normal,
everyday common or garden photography, i.e. 'snaps', local / close-up
shots etc. The other will be used to shoot objects at a distance,
I'm guessing a telephoto. The reason for this is, I like taking
panoramic, wildlife, outdoor shots and I'm going on a safari in
November...hence the desire to upgrade my camera.
So, lens wise, I have the following 4 suggestions / options, which I
would appreciate your comments on as to their suitability for my
For my primary lens, I'm looking at either of these two:
For the secondary, it's a choice between:
Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm
So, as you'll see, I have a few to choose from and I'm a bit
confused as to which to go with. As a beginner in the world of DSLR,
what would you suggest?
Many thanks for your help.
If you are going with the D5000, both the Nikkor 18-55mm & the 18-105mm
are not bad as kit lenses. The 18-105mm seems to be the more versatile
as a walk around lens. Both are good value.
For a longer lens the Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm is a surprisingly sharp
lens and a good value.
I would agree... both are good versatile lenses to work with until you
find you need something specific for a specific task.
Having entered this newsgroup, you will find a host of opinions
bordering on the religious, regarding manufacturers, pros & cons of
various models, and those in favor of P&S, or Super Zooms, Bridge
cameras, or DSLRs, and at times the discussion can get ugly.
My suggestion is go with whatever you feel comfortable with. The D5000
is just fine.
Couldn't agree more. There are Better cameras than the D5000 it's true,
the D3x for example (you will have to sell the wife, kids and house for
that one :-) but the D5000 is a good camera.
Canon and Nikon have about 90% of the market between them and large
*systems*. It's not just the camera but the lenses and flashes and
other bits. Also both Nikon and Canon have vast 3rd party support. Nikon
or Canon are more likely to have what you need than any other makes.
You won't go wrong with either Nikon or Canon. Despite what the nutters
say there is nothing much to choose between Nikon and Canon so if you
like the D5000 it is a good choice.
Note other makes are technically good but as they only hold 10% of the
market between them they have MUCH smaller ranges of lenses etc. The
could disappear at any time in the next take over or market shift.
\/\/\/\/\ Chris Hills Staffs England /\/\/\/\/
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