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Old 04-11-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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Default Camera buffs - recommend me a lense

For a D3100 NIKON , I have the supplied 18-55, need something for sports pics with zoom and general photography.

Help me out as very limited experience.

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Old 04-11-2011, 10:01 AM   #2
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What is your budget?
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:03 AM   #3
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Nothing too crazy , its a general usage, up to 250 but under 200 would be great if thats possible
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:12 AM   #4
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Save up a little more and spend $350-500 on a lens with a LOW f stop # (2.8 or 3.5) without the PLASTIC mounting rim that mounts to your camera.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:14 AM   #5
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I have heard good reviews abou this lense

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._6_APO_DG.html

I have the Nikon variant and the 70-300 Range is perfect for sports/ cars/ and general photography

If you are looking for some of the sharpest pictures you can take get a 50mm prime lense like the Nikon 50mm 1.8 for under $120, It will probably be one of your favorite lenses.

Also maybe look into the Nikon 55-200
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...G_ED_AF_S.html

My girlfriend has this lense and it is pretty dang good, It does lack vibration reduction though so for sports you may want to look into a lense that does offer VR but then the price jumps quite a bit. My advice is to look on KSL for some glass, post up what you find and I will let you know
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:34 AM   #6
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:38 AM   #7
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^agreed with everything Tony said.

Also Nikon makes a 55-300 F/4.5-5.6 vr lens that is good for about $320.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:53 AM   #8
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I love my:Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S Nikkor Very good all-around lens for exterior or interior with a mounted flash. (Although its more than your $200 budget but worth spending more IMHO) I have this + a 50mm f/1.8 and I rarely find something I can't shoot with those two lenses.

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Old 04-11-2011, 10:54 AM   #9
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If you are looking for some of the sharpest pictures you can take get a 50mm prime lense like the Nikon 50mm 1.8 for under $120, It will probably be one of your favorite lenses.
And yes, my 50mm that I spent like $130 on is my favorite lens.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:18 AM   #10
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Nifty fifties are going to leave a sports shooter wanting though. That typically calls for a fast, long lens.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:21 AM   #11
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^Agreed. I need something with a bit longer range. It is a bad feeling when you feel like you were close enough to the action and load the photos to the comp only to find out your lens really couldn't handle the distance either.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:52 AM   #12
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At miller even my 300 feels is a bit short. I want the Nikon 200-400mm but it's $7000 so I'll probably hold off on that one for a bit.

Sigma also makes a 28-300 F/3.5-6.3 that is only $300, it's great to have one lens that will cover just about 90% of that range that you will need to shoot but you loose a bit of speed with that huge range of focal length, F6.3 at 300mm isn't that good but you will only have to carry one lens and you wont miss the action trying to change lenses in the middle of something because you had the wrong lens on.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:55 AM   #13
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^agreed with everything Tony said.

Also Nikon makes a 55-300 F/4.5-5.6 vr lens that is good for about $320.
I want this lens so bad.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:58 AM   #14
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I just went and picked up the D3100 kit from costco that comes with the 18-55 and the 55-200 VR lenses. I hope it gives me enough zoom and clarity for what I do with it. guess we'll find out soon enough haha just got it yesterday so I don't know anything about other lenses though.
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Old 04-11-2011, 12:01 PM   #15
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Nifty fifties are going to leave a sports shooter wanting though. That typically calls for a fast, long lens.
I definately agree, but find me one of those for under $250
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:26 PM   #16
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Thanks guys great info
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:18 PM   #17
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Keith, we all know This is for your adult website. Don't lie.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:26 PM   #18
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Nikkor 1200-1700mm.....

They stopped making them but if you want zoom, you got it. I think it's about $90k though.

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...12001700mm.htm
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:28 PM   #19
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I just went and picked up the D3100 kit from costco that comes with the 18-55 and the 55-200 VR lenses. I hope it gives me enough zoom and clarity for what I do with it. guess we'll find out soon enough haha just got it yesterday so I don't know anything about other lenses though.
Dang shopping on sunday! i saw your car at church too! So which is it?!
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:39 PM   #20
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yeah I know, we went to costco sat night righ before they closed and they didn't have anymore haha but so we went to church and then to get the camera haha
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:23 PM   #21
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Haha you never even park by me at church! Text me your number I lost it
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I try and look everytime I go now though, but I park in the back row usually, are you parking on the north side?
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:58 PM   #23
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I need something with a bit longer range.
that's what she said
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:17 PM   #24
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Now will someone recommend me a good macro lense for a Nikon camera under $500 and over 60mm focal length? Thanks
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that's what she said
No wonder his wife always looks so sad.
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