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  • I've since brought a 55-300 zoom lens which I love the shots I am getting from it, but it is not as versatile as my 18-105 - and there are situations where I simply cannot take a decent pic with the zoom

    • by kimmyh51
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      I recently purchased my first DSLR camera, and of course needed to get a lens at the same time.

      Id spent a bit of time researching the various options in DSLR camera bodies, but hadn’t thought about the lens until it came time to buy….

      The camera I was buying was a Nikon D90 (actually I was going to get the D5000 but at the last minute went for the D90 instead)

      Anyway, here I was on the phone buying my camera (a place at the other end of NZ was cheapest), when they asked me about a lens…. Being lucky enough to have a work colleague who moonlights as a photographer I quickly caught her attention and said ‘what lens do I want????’. My options were this one, or one which was 55-200mm. I would have gotten the 200 if left to my own devices (or should I say… lenses). The smaller the bottom number the wider angle you can get a


      shot of - and the bigger the top number the further you can zoom in on something.

      As anyone who has brought a Nikon DSLR will know, the lenses can be expensive - and being new to photography (well cameras at this level anyway!) I wanted to get something that was as broad in its scope as possible, - that would allow me to take close up, wide angle, action shots etc. I didn’t want to find my first lens was limited in an area that was going to frustrate me, and I wanted to be able to photograph most situations.

      My workmate said that the 55-200 which was the one I was going to get (thinking - cool - zoom) would not have a very wide angle, and it didnt have vibration reduction. She also said that it was a good idea to have one ‘all purpose’ lens, as it got heavy really fast taking lots of lens out and about.

      So ...


      • I took her advice and got the Nikkor 18-105 lens.

        I would say to anyone who is getting their first D-SLR or who is after a good all purpose lens that this is a good one to look at. its a 68mm lens so quite a big diameter and I found that the zoom on it ‘feels’ bigger than a friends (I think 70) - 200 lens which was a much smaller diameter. Its wide enough to get a landscape shot in, zoomy enough get by, and the vibration and noise reduction are a nice forgiving feature that makes those first few photos so much more satisfying…

        For about the first 6 months this was my only lens and I have taken pictures of animals, (including jumping in mid-air), landscapes, light shots, portraits and more. I’ve since brought a 55-300 zoom lens which I love the shots I am getting from it, but it is not as versatile as my 18-105 -

        and there are situations where I simply cannot take a decent pic with the zoom. The zoom also has a very small area in focus, so if you are taking shots of lots of people or things happening or things that move fast you need the 18-105…

        For its purpose I really cant fault it - I’ve had lots of good pics wit it. If you want something specific like macro, zoom, fast camera with really low aperture, wide angle, this lens is a little bit of all, but not any of them (if that makes sense).

        Summary - a nice all purpose lens or first lens, zoom feels bigger than it is thanks to the larger diameter, versatile and lightweight. The other options I have seen people get with a first lens seems to be either 55-200 or 70-200 or 18-55. From what I have seen, 18-55 doesn’t have enough zoom and would frustrate me, and the 55/70-200 is not wide angle enough.




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