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  1. #11
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    Re: Should I buy Nikon 55-200mm VR lens?

    Yeah that's what I seem to read a lot. Maybe I will opt for the 50mm when the time comes to purchase a prime lens which is convenient since they seem to be readily available used for decent prices. The problem now becomes whether I want the first lens I buy to be a prime lens or a lens like the 55-200mm. Considering I don't have any experience with areas of photography I don't know which direction I would prefer to go.


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  2. #12
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    Re: Should I buy Nikon 55-200mm VR lens?

    I would go with the 55-200. This way down the line you can pick up a Raynox DCR-250 and have a decent macro set up for flowers and such. The Raynox is around $80US. It is a cheap way the experiment in the world of macro.
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    Nikon D90=> 55-200VR, 18-105VR
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    Nikon D610=> 24-85VR, 50 1.8D. Tokina 100 2.8D Macro,
    Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di VC USD

    Add-ons=> Raynox DCR-250

  3. #13
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    Re: Should I buy Nikon 55-200mm VR lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by MeSess View Post
    Yeah that's what I seem to read a lot. Maybe I will opt for the 50mm when the time comes to purchase a prime lens which is convenient since they seem to be readily available used for decent prices. The problem now becomes whether I want the first lens I buy to be a prime lens or a lens like the 55-200mm. Considering I don't have any experience with areas of photography I don't know which direction I would prefer to go.
    Well, there are some things a prime lens will do for you. . . . they will teach you to think more about your shot, get good composition each time and use your feet to get closer and farther away (manual zoom). Good teaching tools they are.

    They are also usually much sharper image quality as well. But, since they are limited to one focal length many people find them inconvenient.
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  4. #14
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    Re: Should I buy Nikon 55-200mm VR lens?

    Any suggestions for a 50mm lens? I know the AF-S lens is probably ideal but I'm not sure that's in my budget for a lens to just experiment with at the moment.

  5. #15
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    Re: Should I buy Nikon 55-200mm VR lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by MeSess View Post
    Any suggestions for a 50mm lens? I know the AF-S lens is probably ideal but I'm not sure that's in my budget for a lens to just experiment with at the moment.

    Does the D60 have the internal focus motor that allows the use of older "D" lenses? If so, you can get the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 "D" lens for about $100 to $150 used in excellent condition.
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    Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 "D"
    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm VR ED IF f/4.5 - 5.6
    Sunpak PZ40X II
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  6. #16
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    Re: Should I buy Nikon 55-200mm VR lens?

    It doesn't. That's why the AF-S lens is ideal

  7. #17
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    Re: Should I buy Nikon 55-200mm VR lens?

    hi there,

    the 55-200 is a great general purpose telezoom if your just starting out. It uses the standard 52mm filter size, has optical stabilization, if it is clean and all is working then I would say go for it. You WILL have cases where you wish for more focal length than the kit lens you currently have. If it is clean and you look after it, I see no reason why you should not get you 70 dollars (or close to it) back in a few years when you move onto something else.

    I have both the 35 and 50 primes. I personally prefer primes and zoom with my feet where possible. This makes me think more about the composition of the shot. The 50 is probably my favourite lens of all, spending most of its time firmly seated onto the mount of my D7000. I have the D version which give me full aperture control on the lens, useful if you want to use a reversing ring and the lens as a macro. I use the 35mm for landscapes and when chasing the kids around the apartment where space is limited, even for the 50mm! Beware, you have the D60 camera which has no internal focusing motor, so the 50mm AF D will not autofocus on your camera... manual focus ony if that is not a problem for you. If you need autofocus then you need the newer AFS version.

    I completely support the statement of a previous poster who said that you will learn so much about photography using the 50mm prime!

    Have fun!
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  8. #18
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    Re: Should I buy Nikon 55-200mm VR lens?

    I definitely want to get a prime lens eventually but after hearing your guys' opinions I think maybe the 55-200mm is a better option at this point. It has the same filter size so that would be convenient I won't be purchasing multiple filters. Plus, I think since it's a more all purpose option it will be more beneficial with my experimenting.

  9. #19
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    Re: Should I buy Nikon 55-200mm VR lens?

    The secret of zooms for a new shooter is you get to find what focal lengths you like. That in and of itself can help you to save money buy giving you an idea of what a certain focal length will look like.

    Go through old photos and read the EXIF. Look and see what you use most with that 18-55. It will give you idea of what to get in a prime. No buyers remorse so to speak.

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    Nikon D90=> 55-200VR, 18-105VR
    ____________________________________

    Nikon D610=> 24-85VR, 50 1.8D. Tokina 100 2.8D Macro,
    Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di VC USD

    Add-ons=> Raynox DCR-250

  10. #20
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    Re: Should I buy Nikon 55-200mm VR lens?

    That's a good way to look at it. I'll definitely start keeping an eye on what focal lengths I tend to stray towards when I use the zooms.
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