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Old Jul 17, 2006, 6:53 AM   #1
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I am about to buy my first Digital SLR and have decided on the Nikon D50 with 18-55mm lens. I have been using a Pentax Optio 4 but I am growing more frustrated with the overall slow speed and picture quality. My question is will the 18-55mm lens be enough for the usual holiday pictures and family shots in the garden. If I do buy another lens what would be the recommendation and could you give me a few tips on what the lens would best be used for.

I am a complete novice.

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Old Jul 17, 2006, 9:53 AM   #2
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Chris-

You might want to take a look at the new 18-200mm lenses. Sigma, Tamron, and Nikon are producing them. It gives you wide angle to medium zoom.

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Old Jul 17, 2006, 4:06 PM   #3
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Thanks, I have done lots of research today and decided on the D50 bundle with 18-55 lens (380). I will also buy the Sigma 55-200 lens seperately (99).This should give me all the*options I need. I would have prefered the 18-200 lens but this* would bump the price up beyond my budget.
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I have the D50 with the 18-55mm kit lens. It can focus fast enough for your holiday shots or shots in the garden.

The lens is not recommended for high-speed sports photography or high-speed moving entities like flying birds.

For me, I bought a Nikon 70-300mm G to handle telephoto ranges. It's about $120-$160 USD.

Neither lens is effective in low-light areas without use of the flash or without increasing the ISO (light sensitivity of the camera).
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Chrishan, If you are buying this altogether, be aware that some bundles include the NIKON 55-200 DX as a second kit lens, by buying the 2 lens kit, you should get a saving compared to buying the Sigma seperately.
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Chrishan, If you are buying this altogether, be aware that some bundles include the NIKON 55-200 DX as a second kit lens, by buying the 2 lens kit, you should get a saving compared to buying the Sigma seperately.
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Old Jul 18, 2006, 5:05 AM   #7
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O.K now you got me thinking !! I am definitely going for the D50 + 18-55mm lens (£380)

I can get a Nikon/Nikkor G70-300mm lens on ebay for £90.

Would this be a better purchase than the Sigma 55-200mm lens for £99?
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I can't speak for any of the 3rd party lenses, as I don't own or use them, so I can't help you there.


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Has anyone teamed the D50 with the 18-200 Nikkor lense? This is the combination I'm considering due to the convenience of not having to change lenses, therefore less chance of dust entering the sensor cavity etc, less equipment to carry and also better quality.

Cost aside, would it be a waste to team this lense with an entry level camera?
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My camera should be arriving today, I went for the D50 with 18-55mm kit, £370 including delivery. I am going to also buy an 55-200mm lens, the Sigma is £100 and I have alsofound a Nikon for £135. I am also trawling the web looking for good second hand lenses.

I plan to get used to the camera with the two lenses and then sell them both and get an 18-200mm single lens.

Is the Nikon worth the extra bucks or are they very similar ?
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