Looking for a decent lens for my D50

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by sgtdisturbed, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. sgtdisturbed

    sgtdisturbed Guest

    Ok I just went through buying a lens kit (Sigma 18-50 & 55-200mm kit)
    and was appalled at the lack of clarity at 18mm and at 200mm. I guess
    paying 200 bucks for 2 lenses was too good to be true.

    I am looking for a lens that zooms in to 200mm without loosing
    clarity. I've seen sample pics of both the Tamron 18-200 and the Sigma
    18-200, both of which were not very impressive although the Sigma
    18-200 was far better than the Tamron, as far as the sample pics

    I like having the ability of taking wide shots at 18mm, but seeing as
    there is "barrel distortion" commonly associated with 18mm, I could
    live with 20mm at the wide end of the lens, if that's available, and I
    need it to reach out to 200mm. Clarity is priority, as it should be. Is
    there a 20-200mm or 24-200mm lens that doesn't lose clarity at 200mm? I
    have a budget and can't spend more than 300 dollars.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
    sgtdisturbed, Jan 12, 2007
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    Rudy Benner Guest

    You might consider the Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens. It works perfectly with that
    Nikon camera.
    Rudy Benner, Jan 12, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    It would work well but it busts the sgt's budget by 2x to 3x,
    which might *really* disturb him. Most dealers that have a few
    available show none in stock, although they'll sell you one packaged
    with a D200. I don't know if it's a special "kit" supplied by Nikon
    (which would explain why the lens itself always is indicated as
    being "out of stock" or "backordered") or if it's just packaged that
    way by the dealers to help move a few more D200s. When I was in
    fever mode several days ago, if the 18-200mm VR could have been
    ordered with a D80 I might have succumbed. Now I've recovered and
    am in "biding my time" mode once again. :)
    ASAAR, Jan 12, 2007
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    Bill Guest

    Unfortunately it's like the old saying, "if it sounds too good to be
    true, it usually is", and the other one, "you get what you pay for".
    Sure, if you have the money.
    Sorry, but you won't get a good lense that does what you want at that
    price. Can you return the two Sigma lenses and put that money into
    buying a decent lense like the Nikon 18-200 VR? I know it's a bit more
    expensive, but at least it works well and it has VR for handheld
    telephoto shots..

    Or if you can't swing that price right now, how about getting a good
    lense to cover the shorter end for now like the Nikon 18-70 DX. Then
    save a while to get a good telephoto like the new 70-300 VR? The results
    will be much better and well worth the cost. You'll see how good the D50
    can be with those lenses.
    Bill, Jan 12, 2007
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    sgtdisturbed Guest

    I did in fact jsut purchase the Nikon 18-70 DX lens, and it is friggin
    amazing. I am sure glad I got it, as the picture quality is greatly
    improved over my kit 28-80mm lens. I was able to score it on eBay for
    250, brand new. I'm in love with it. I am looking at getting a 70-300
    VR, probably on eBay as those auctions tend to bring the price down
    some, especially if one manages to fly under the radar.
    sgtdisturbed, Feb 14, 2007
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    Rich Guest

    10:1 zoom and you want high quality images? Good luck.
    Rich, Feb 14, 2007
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