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Old Feb 26, 2006, 4:38 PM   #1
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Hi folks, had my D50 for a few weeks now.. Got a Tamron 28-300 to use when zoom is needed (its not too shabby), and a 50mm 1.8f for low light indoor/portrait stuff (very tasty lens and cheap)

My question is this... Im getting kinda bored with my 18-55mm lens that came with the camera and would like a pretty decent walkabout lens for around £200-250... something slightly brighter would be nice

Any ideas what I should be looking at?

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Old Feb 26, 2006, 6:42 PM   #2
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Audioedge,

I've heard good reports / seen good tests of the Nikon 18-70mm DX lens (about £180 - 220 GBP) or the Sigma 18-125mm for around £180 / £190. The Sigma 18-200mm is also available (about £250), but not quite as good optically as the previous two... Depends what you want- more reach at the cost of slightly worse optics.

For faster constant aperture, then check out the Sigma 24-70mm @ f2.8 (but about £280) or the comparable Tamron SP 28-75mm f2.8 (about £250).

I know NHL would recommend the Sigma 18-50mm f2.8, but that's around £300 or a bit more.

These prices are from a usual UK online / walk in shop. I'm just giving my ideas about "walk arounds" as you asked.

Hope this info is helpful.

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Old Feb 27, 2006, 7:02 AM   #3
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If you want more light then you'll have to step up a grade and price too. The 18mm end is important for everyday use so the only lens I would recommendis the Sigma 18/50 in the price bracket you are considering. The 18/70 Nikkoris a great cheap lens too but restricted aperture. But if it was me I'd make do, save up and buy the new 18/200 VR lens. That should allow you to do most things since it is 4 stops better due to the VR.
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Old Feb 27, 2006, 8:00 AM   #4
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thanks for replies. I like the idea of 18-125mm range but there is only that one sigma lens that I know of!

Yes saving up for the 18-200 vr would have to be an option I think due to lack of lenses in the range I want

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Old Feb 28, 2006, 6:38 PM   #5
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do you think it is a good idea to replace the lens kit (18-55mm) with the Nikon 50mm 1.8D Lens ?
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No in a word. The 50mm is a good enough lens apart from build quality but try setting your own lens at 50mm and leaving it there. You'll soon find that you need a wider angle for many shots. In old film terms 50mm becomes 75mm and that is verging on a telephoto lens, not at all an everyday lens. Remember that the whole original idea of 50mm was that it represented what the eye sees. You would be working with tunnel vision if you only had a 50mm lens on a digital camera.
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Old Mar 1, 2006, 5:54 AM   #7
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I own the 50mm 1.8f and I see it as a supplment to my Kit, certainly not a replacement for the reasons mentioned above

I also have the Tamron 28-300, which, nice as it is to have all that zoom the quality is lacking in that lens...

Like I said, its a shame there arent more 18-125 lens to choose from, it seems the only option is to save for the 18-200 VR

Guess I will have to wait
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