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Old Dec 19, 2006, 6:29 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

I just ordered a Nikon D50 with 28-80 AFG. I realized that I made a mistake and should have ordered the 18-55 kit lens instead.

Now that the damage is done, what should be the next cheap Nikkor lens for this amateur?

The 50mm/f1.8D or the 70-300mm AF. Both are in the $100-130 range.

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Old Dec 19, 2006, 7:42 PM   #2
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In your case I'd probably get the 70-300 first since it'll give you more reach.


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Old Dec 20, 2006, 6:53 PM   #3
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Read somewhere that the 28-80 G does not work in aperture priority or manual mode. Is that right?
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Old Dec 20, 2006, 8:22 PM   #4
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Read somewhere that the 28-80 G does not work in aperture priority or manual mode. Is that right?
I don't think that's true. The lens is not AF-S, so it won't auto focus with D40, but it should work with the D50.
But if you can get a swap for the 18-55, I would do that. Other budget telephoto lens you should consider are the Nikon 55-200 and Sigma 70-300DG APO. They're probably better than the Nikon 70-300G.


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Old Jan 31, 2007, 7:24 PM   #5
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Iexchanged D50/28-80with D50/18-55 kit.Thanks to Ritzcamera.com great customer service. I am just a beginner and my pictures are not coming great. Do you suggest I use a tripod?
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Iexchanged D50/28-80with D50/18-55 kit.Thanks to Ritzcamera.com great customer service. I am just a beginner and my pictures are not coming great. Do you suggest I use a tripod?
Tripod is nice to have. If you're going to shoot on low light situation, it's very helpful.

My guess is you're just learning how to use the camera. My suggestion is to understand how exposure works. Forget the preset scene modes, and shoot in aperture priority, shutter priority or manual modes. Aperture is a great starting point. Also, learn how to compensate using exposure compensation. And learn how to use the histogram to check and make sure you've exposed the shot properly.

When I first got my D50, the first thing I noticed was all my shots were coming out too dark. That's when I learned about exposures and how to compensate for each scenes.

You should post pics here so others can tell you what you may be doing wrong, or how you can improve your shots.

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Old Mar 12, 2007, 11:14 AM   #7
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All depends on what style of photo you're taking.

Get 35mm 2.0D or 50mm 1.8D.

i'm using D50 + 50mm 1.8D, and i have gotten beautiful pictures of my new born daughter.

i think you might need 35mm 2.0D with your 18-55mm.

i'll buy 35mm 2.0D and 85mm 1.4D when my daughter get older. i chose fixed length lens track.
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