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Old Jan 22, 2006, 2:53 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I recently purchased a Nikkon D50 and have been having aGREAT time with it.

My Kit lens is the Nikor 18-55mm 5-5.6 ED. I went out and also got afixed50mm f1.8D which works very nicely for portrait style and shallow DoF. I'm looking at something to add to the Telephoto end to get that extra reach for when I need it. I do alot of shots in the Mountains. I've heard mixed reviews on the Nikkor 55-200 4-5.6ED. (e.g good for bang for the buck, but slow focus). My budget is probably on the low end between $2-$400.00 US.

Thanks in advance,
Chris
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Old Jan 22, 2006, 3:13 PM   #2
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One thing I forgot to ask was, is the Nikkor 70-300mm a better option?

If so, would I be"losing" much since my current lens is the 18-55?
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Old Jan 22, 2006, 10:43 PM   #3
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If you're looking at focus speed, the 70-300 is certainly no better than the 55-200. The only advantage the 70-300 has is additional reah. It is larger, slower focusing, and not as sharp. Unless you need the extra reach, go with the 55-200.
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Since your budget is quite low, I'd advice to get a second hand lens. I'd say that second hand higher quality glass gives a lot more bang for the buck. There are plenty of Nikon lenses available that are backwards compatible. That's just great.
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Old Jan 23, 2006, 9:26 AM   #5
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I was in the same boat, and after reading up, I decided on a 28-200 Nikkor for $200 from a private seller. I should be getting it this week.
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Old Jan 25, 2006, 7:24 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I have the 55-200 ED arriving later this week.

I imagine there will come a point in time that I want the Nikkor 18-200 VR, but this will be good in the mean time. ;-)
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Old Jan 27, 2006, 12:30 PM   #7
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I know I'm a little late to your post. An 80-200mm ATX Pro f2.8 Tokina can be found in great condition for between $300-$400, nice fast glass. keh.com
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