+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1
    Junior Member

    Lens suggestions

    I will be buying a used nikon d80 soon and need suggestions for lenses to go with it.

    This will be my first dslr so I'm overwhelmed by choices and information. I will be using it to photograph my work and post it on my website. I've got a lot to learn.

    I am a decorative painter and my work is mostly murals and interior decor. Sometimes lighting conditions are not optimal. I will also be using it for home and family stuff.

    I've seen a Nikon 50mm F/1.8 Ais on craigslist for $80. I don't have a huge budget at this point. Any suggestions would be a huge help. Please use small words


    › See More: Lens suggestions



  2. #2
    Gear Head
    Moderator
    gqtuazon's Avatar

    Re: Lens suggestions

    Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 and get a flash new or used (SB 600 or SB700)
    Best regards,

    Glenn
    My Gear
    Flickr
    My website

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Scott Murray's Avatar

    Re: Lens suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by gqtuazon View Post
    Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 and get a flash new or used (SB 600 or SB700)
    I second this...

  4. #4
    Junior Member

    Re: Lens suggestions

    Thanks for the recommendation. Unfortunately this lens is out of my budget range. Can you suggest something a little less pricey? Thanks!

  5. #5
    Staff
    Moderator

    Re: Lens suggestions

    What is your budget then?
    Sam
    Do or do not, there is no try.
    D5100
    18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR | 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR | 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
    50mm f/1.8G, 24-70
    mm f/2.8 VC (Tamron)
    SB-400 | SB-700 ​x2



  6. #6
    Happy to be Canadian
    Super Mod
    Marcel's Avatar

    Re: Lens suggestions

    If money is tight, I'd start with the standard kit zoom. Either 18-55 or 18-105 can be bought used for not too much money.

    But since you mentioned interior decor, you might eventually want a wider lens (sigma 10-20 or Tokina 8-16) but this will involve more money.

    Start slow and see what you really need.

    Good luck.
    I'm beginning to see the LIGHT!
    Please visit my Gallery and my Flickr Gallery

  7. #7
    Happy to be Canadian
    Super Mod
    Marcel's Avatar

    Re: Lens suggestions

    Oh, I almost forgot, you will need a tripod for the interior work.
    I'm beginning to see the LIGHT!
    Please visit my Gallery and my Flickr Gallery

  8. #8
    Senior Member

    Re: Lens suggestions

    with the D80,, stretch for a 50 mm 1.8 D version,, 133 dollars,, and sharp,, you might also look for a used 28 mm D,, you have to use the auto focus D versions or G,, because the D80 will not meter the old manul glass. You can use manual glass, but you have to guess at the exposure, look at the history gram, and adjust,,

    but there are tons of old used autofocus lens out there,, ebay,, so,, stay away from the AIS manual lens since you loose the light meter, and stick with low cost D versios of the auto focus Nikkor line, and you will be happy.

    You don't have to buy the G versions, more money, for not enough quality increase for a D80.

    oh,, let me give you a real solid advice: a used 28-70 3.5-4.5 Autofocus D,,, sharp, supports macro, small, and best of all CHEAP,, used right at your 80 dollar budget, you will love this lens on you D80. For your type of work, perfect.

    invest in a tripod when the work is indoors, and low light,, buy used if needed for budget.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    AC016's Avatar

    Re: Lens suggestions

    Since you have a D80, you don't need to buy lenses with internal focus motors! Yeah!! Go and look at the used market. You can find some really great deals and on the most part, lenses without their own focus motor, are cheaper.
    Thanks/Like disciplerocks, TedG954 Thanks/liked this post
     
    Who dares, wins.

    Cameras: Fuji X-Pro, Fuji X10, Olympus TG3 and Nikon D2X.




  10. #10
    Senior Member
    disciplerocks's Avatar

    Re: Lens suggestions

    The 18-55 kit lens is a pretty sharp lens. That and the old favorite, 50mm f1.8 should get you going.
    Thanks/Like TedG954 Thanks/liked this post
     
    The Main - D80
    The Backup - D80
    The Sold - D40
    The Film - N55
    The Wife's - Coolpix S3300

    www.photographybyewers.com





Quick Reply Quick Reply

If you are already a member, please login above before posting.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •