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banksy Feb 8, 2011 11:45 PM

lenses for D7000
Hi everyone,

I am about to upgrade to a DSLR from a super zoom and am looking at the D7000. My husband has a D90 with a Nikkor 16-85 lens and Tokina 11-16 lens.
I would like a walkaround lens and perhaps another to compliment what we already have and to share lenses.

My thoughts are the Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D and maybe a 70-300.

We like to photograph landscapes, early morning and dusk scenes, travel and I love macro (that will be another lens down the track $$$$$).

Many thanks for any suggestions you may have.

jacobt Feb 9, 2011 8:55 PM

Looks like you need some lenses that can cover up the higher zoom end. I'd suggest the 105 2.8G VR. This lens can be used as a macro lens as well as medium zoom lens for portrait.

You can also get the 18-200VR lens as a walk around lens for D7000. I have this lens mounted on my D7000 almost all the time. This lens will cover all your needs for anytime photography.

banksy Feb 9, 2011 9:16 PM

Thanks for your response jacobt. I will check these ones out.

Lilacfire Feb 9, 2011 9:46 PM

The 18-200 tends to be soft so you might have to do major sharpness post processing for every image.

I would suggest you look at a 70-300 VC by Tamron.. razor sharp lens and a 35mm 1.8. Both have incredible image quality and I find myself using just these 2 lens 99.9% of the time. Seems I don't even need the 18mm wide angle anymore.

shoturtle Feb 9, 2011 11:06 PM

If IS is not that important the sigma 105 macro should be dropping in price soon, and the IS version was just announced by sigma.

banksy Feb 9, 2011 11:32 PM

Thanks Shoturtle. I am guessing that IS is image stability??? Cheers Lyn

shoturtle Feb 9, 2011 11:54 PM

Yup, IS, VR, VC and OS are all image stabilization.

TCav Feb 10, 2011 6:23 AM

The Nikon 16-85 and the Tokina 11-16 are very good lenses, as are the 50/1.8 and 70-300 VR that you mentioned. For your walkabout lens, I'd suggest another copy of the 16-85. The Nikon 105/2.8 VR Micro that jacobt mentioned, is also an excellent choice. If you think you might not need the image stabilization, and you think you can get away with 1:2.3 macro instead of 1:1 macro, the Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5 is also a very good choice. There's a stabilized version, but it's not as good and it doesn't focus as closely either.

banksy Feb 10, 2011 4:14 PM

TCav, your point about another 16-85 makes perfect sense, I was thinking that was the way to go. All good suggestions from everybody which I will take on board and check out. Thank you all for your valuable input.

LGWGM Feb 16, 2011 7:29 AM


Originally Posted by Lilacfire (Post 1198956)
... I would suggest you look at a 70-300 VC by Tamron.. razor sharp lens...

Is Tamron 70-300mm VC better than Nikon 70-300mm VR?

Tamron :argue1: Nikon

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