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  1. #1
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    Narrowing down to some lens choices

    Hi all, I just recently switched from Pentax K1 to a D500 so I can do some birding. I bought the Nikon 200-500mm in the same purchase. Now I need to add some lenses without breaking the bank. With my previous FF I had a 28mm, 40mm, and a 100mm Macro. I always wanted more reach and also a wider angle. Reach is taken care of.

    I am considering the Tamron 35mm f1.8 and the Tokina 14-20 f2.0. I am thinking the 35mm can replace my 40mm for normal photography, though with a narrower field of view on the D500. The Tokina can be my go to for landscape, storms/clouds, and Milky Way pictures. 1200.00 dollars for both is within my budget. I like they are not extremely heavy despite their fast apertures. Any thoughts on these two lenses or alternatives is appreciated.


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    Re: Narrowing down to some lens choices

    Since you have a D500 DX camera, why not consider the Tokina DX 11-20mm f2.8 lens?
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    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

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    Re: Narrowing down to some lens choices

    I would suggest the Tamron 17-50 2.8. It's a great and sharp lens and it won't break the bank. I think that 35mm on a cropped sensor is not wide enough (for me anyway). Then if you could get your hands on a pre-owned Sigma 105 2.8 macro you'd have a great combo. The non VR version of this lens can usually be found for a bargain.
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  4. #4
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    Re: Narrowing down to some lens choices

    I had the Nikon 16-80 2.8-4 on my D7100 and loved it. It offered great range for everyday shooting.

    This lens new is expensive, but you can find some really good deals on the used market.
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    Re: Narrowing down to some lens choices

    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet View Post
    I am considering the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 and the Tokina 14-20mm f/2.0.
    We could discus/compare the finer points of some other lens options but, that being said, these are two very solid choices in my opinion.
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    Re: Narrowing down to some lens choices

    I have no direct experience with either of the lenses you name, but I think I would choose more versatile lenses. The 17-50mm Tamron that Marcel mentioned is my go to lens in the "normal" focal range. It's light, relatively fast at f/2.8, and I get very sharp results from this lens.

    Naturally, this is a personal matter, and there are tons of "right" choices and very few "wrong" ones.

    BTW, the f/2.0 Tokina 14-20 , with it's big max aperture, sounds like a great choice for astro.
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  7. #7
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    Re: Narrowing down to some lens choices

    I appreciate all the input. The hardest choice is the 35mm over a mid-range zoom; but so far I like its wide open aperture best and it is just a shade over a 50mm. The 40mm was my 1st Pentax lens and it is the one I used the most. I am very use to zooming with my feet. Two things I failed to mention: I might buy another full frame late next year once I have some decent lenses, so full frame compatibility is something I am trying to achieve with most of my lens purchases. #2 is I am not giving up shooting macro. Flowers are one of my favorite subjects but that is a lens that can wait until spring. Thanks for the input on the Sigma 105 2.8 macro.

    I have not decided and will place an order on Friday so it is delivered Monday or Tuesday while I am off work. As Horoscope Fish said, there is no bad choices. That makes it a hard decision but at the same time a happy one. Thanks again for the input.

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    Re: Narrowing down to some lens choices

    If all you want are FX lenses, then my suggestion of the 11-20mm lens is not appropriate. However, keep in mind that your 14-20mm lens will only give you a 21mm lens on the D500, which is not really that wide.
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    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  9. #9
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    Re: Narrowing down to some lens choices

    I just ordered the Sigma 17-50mm at a last minute price on B&H, $299.95. I could not pass it up as a reasonable weight walking around lens. I still have to decide on a super wide for astro; and will probably pull the trigger on it right after Christmas. I enjoyed my Pentax cameras but the lens choices are like night and day now that I am in the Nikon system.

    Next up lens choices:
    Super Wide
    Macro
    Fisheye ( always wanted one )

  10. #10
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    Re: Narrowing down to some lens choices

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    If all you want are FX lenses, then my suggestion of the 11-20mm lens is not appropriate. However, keep in mind that your 14-20mm lens will only give you a 21mm lens on the D500, which is not really that wide.
    My choices do not have to be full frame. If half of my lenses end up being full frame compatible, I will consider that a good start should I buy a D750 later on.





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