What lens to get for my new D90

#1
I am upgrading my antique D100 to a D90 although i've been told by the dealer i ought to go for the D7000. I have been doing some research and while the D90 is nearing the end of her life cycle, the additional features do not justify the price difference. In a previous life i ran around with 3 lenses and god knows what other gear, all settings on manual and got some stunnings pics every now and again. However, i have now reached the point where it is about comfort and simplicity. I want one lens and want, for the most port, shoot on 'A' i will perhaps consider a second lens for special occasions, such as a tele lens when on safari in SA or a fast 50 for everyday fast moving targets.

Any feedack on the bodies welcome as well. what i am really intested in is which set to go for: any thoughts on 18-105 VRII vs 18-200 VRII? What is your experience / suggestion?
 

Alsacien

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#2
I have an 18-200 VR2 on mine as the everyday option - very flexible.
In addition I have a 10-24 which I use for underwater work in the housing, and a fast 1.4 50mm.
The only other thing I would like would be a 200-400 but not for 5K.... if I go on a safari I think I would rent one instead.

The 18-105 is not well regarded.
 
#3
Thanks Mate, You find the AF speed is sufficient across the whole spectrum? I do not currently plan to buy another lens but will consider, as per your suggestion, a 50mm as they are not too expensive. I am selling my 12-24 though as I have used it only a dozen or so times in 5 years and was happy with an analog 28-105 (time to update) and a 80-400 which isn't ideal for Safaris as it isn't fast enough TBH.
 
#5
@ leveller

Beg to differ, but with a minimum of 35mm, you can't get any decent closeups - I've had poor results with the 18-105 at anything less than about a metre anyway, so anything more is severely limiting. Like everything, you decide what you're going to specialise on then get the appropriate kit. For the OP, it looks like the best option is the 18-200 (A dream lens for me - 768€ at current prices). D90 body is terrific - changed from the Canon 450D because I didn't like the heft (Canon too light for my liking, didn't seem to fit comfortable in my hand). As soon as I held the D90, I thought "the one for me". Never had the slightest problem with it, including dropping it.
 

Alsacien

MIA
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#6
Thanks Mate, You find the AF speed is sufficient across the whole spectrum? I do not currently plan to buy another lens but will consider, as per your suggestion, a 50mm as they are not too expensive. I am selling my 12-24 though as I have used it only a dozen or so times in 5 years and was happy with an analog 28-105 (time to update) and a 80-400 which isn't ideal for Safaris as it isn't fast enough TBH.
Without flash indoors AF speed could be better, which is why I have the fast 50mm - used successfully to photograph kittens playing last year for example. I also use a flash gun firing vertically so actually have no problems at all. Outside is fine.
The wide angle for me is only used underwater and for photographing mates houses/rooms for adverts! (But now I think about it I used it quite a bit for some close up work rather than wide angle work).
Safari suitable Nikkor lenses are going to cost 5-7k...... I have heard it is possible to rent them which sounds like a good idea, but have never looked into it myself.
 
#7
@ leveller

Beg to differ, but with a minimum of 35mm, you can't get any decent closeups - I've had poor results with the 18-105 at anything less than about a metre anyway, so anything more is severely limiting. Like everything, you decide what you're going to specialise on then get the appropriate kit. For the OP, it looks like the best option is the 18-200 (A dream lens for me - 768€ at current prices). D90 body is terrific - changed from the Canon 450D because I didn't like the heft (Canon too light for my liking, didn't seem to fit comfortable in my hand). As soon as I held the D90, I thought "the one for me". Never had the slightest problem with it, including dropping it.
This wide enough for you?????

 
#8
@ leveller

For the OP, it looks like the best option is the 18-200 (A dream lens for me - 768€ at current prices).
Assuming we are still talking about NIKON AF-S VR II DX 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G ED, you are being ripped off, I get a quote of € 511 from the shop I am usually buying, are you in Deutschland?
 
#9
Finally got around to order a D90 with the VR II 18-200 and two SDHC 8GB SanDisk 8GB Extreme III cards, a50mm F1.4, Dawntech GPS M3 SL90 geotagger. I will wait with the speedlight but will likely get a SB-600DX at a later stage. Total came to £ 1208, not bad I reckon... It's a belated xmas present from mrs viceroy and i very much look forward to it.
 

maguire

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#10
had the D90 for two years now - absolutely love it and it's the first thing to get packed whenever I'm off out or on a trip.
 
#11
When I did photojournalism I never left home without:
17-35mm F3.5 Tamron
24mm F2 Nikkor
50mm F1.2 Nikkor
80-200mm Nikkor
x2 Converter, Times 1.4 Converter.

Most stuff was covered with the first 3. The longer lenses were only used occasionally.

Today I'd go for a good quality 18-50mm and then a good fast 70-210mm with a constant aperture. I'd keep the 50mm. This is a natural view lens, and used carefully can take very good pictures. Don't think of them as obsolete.
 
#12
You only need two lenses.............

35-350


350-1200



Should cover most things :)
The 350 - 1200 is ideal when taking photos in crowded tourist spots like the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Simply sling it on top of your shoulder, take aim and shout "Allah Akhbar". You'll clear the place in seconds.
 
#16
I have the following Nikon lenses in the bag with my D90:

AF-S 18-55mm - good for general closer work
AF-S 55-200mm - good for longer work
AF Fisheye 10.5mm - very wide angle and interesting 'odd' shots
AF 70-300mm - not used much but got it at a snap at £125

Now I have listed it I think I might need to sort out the insurance on the Bag.
 
#17
What do you photograph? If your interests lean in any direction towards sports photography... Take the dealers advice and go for the D7000, Expeed II & the newer sensor are a world apart from all previous non pro Nikon bodies.

There's an old photographers maxim that it's the lenses which count and not the camera... It used to be true. In the days of wet photography you could buy the cheapest body a manufacturer made and set it against the best. With the same lens and the same film loaded, the only advantage to the "better" body was ease of use. These days the quality of your sensor and the image processing capabilities of the body replace the film of the wet days, so the body is also an important purchase. Lenses still have better longevity so it's worth investing more in them, but you can no longer say that "the camera doesn't matter".

I have a D200 (soon to be replaced) and fair selection of glass of all vintages and qualities. However I seldom carry anything but a Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX DG HSM, Sigma 24-70 F2.8 EX DG HSM and a Sigma 1.4 TC. Covers almost all bases for me, reasonably priced and provided you don't push them to the limits light or length wise provide top quality sharp images.
 

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