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  1. #1
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    Not sure which lens is next

    I have a D5100 with a 50mm 1.8 and a 55-200 f4-5.6 plus kit lens. I am not sure which lens would be a good choice for my next one??? I enjoy portraits and nature.

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    Re: Not sure which lens is next

    Welcome to the site. I sure you will get a lot of feedback. but a couple of questions. Budget, prime or zoom? The lense that is on my camera the most is 24-120 F4 but would not be a good choice for nature a 150-600 be my recommendation for nature.

  3. #3
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    Re: Not sure which lens is next

    Hard to answer in a personalized way for you. But... lenses I enjoy most on my d7200 and a brief 'why'....

    Sigma 17-50 my newest walking around lens. It was a nice upgrade from 18-140. Sharper, brighter, I get nicer shots with it even though less zoom. My go to for scenery and people pictures. (I do have an 11-17 for special occasions)

    Sigma 100 macro. I like bugs and stuff, I'll always have a macro of some sort.

    Tamron SP 70-300. I've had this lens a long time on several cameras. It can be had cheap at times with rebates. Make sure you look at the SP version if this range interests you, its decently sharp.

    Sigma 150-600 C. This is big but certainly gets me the wildlife pictures I was missing with the 70-300
    I must have a really good camera.

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    Re: Not sure which lens is next

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    Which "kit lens". I assume the NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. If so and you are happy with what you have (both zoom lens are not very sharp or fast), and the 50mm lens is great for portrait work, so I think your first new lens should be something like a 150-600mm lens for nature work.
    Brent: Poway, CA
    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

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    Re: Not sure which lens is next

    I like a Tamron 28-75 f2.8 lens. It is a good fast lens and it is not to expensive..

    "The natural man must know in order to believe; The spiritual man must believe in order to know. " ~ Aiden Wilson Tozer ~ "The Dwelling Place of God"

    Nikon Z 6 Nikon, Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8S, Z 85 f/1.8S, Z24-70 f/4S, Z14--30 f/4S
    Nikon D700 w/Grip, AF-S Nikkor 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR, Tamron 28-75, Tamron 70-200 F/2.8


  6. #6
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    Re: Not sure which lens is next

    Thanks Dan, is this lens similar to the 24-70mm 2.8? That one runs about $1700 cdn.

  7. #7
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    Re: Not sure which lens is next

    Thanks Brent, you are correct about the kit lens. I guess I assumed that is the only kit lens that is supplied. I do agree that neither one is a very sharp lens, maybe partly due to my knowledge on proper use. I think the 150-600 would be an awesome lens for wildlife which i will eventually add to my collection. For now i am looking for more of an all around lens.

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    Re: Not sure which lens is next

    I guess nature can entail quite a broad spectrum of subjects. Although wildlife is an interest of mine, I think more specifically I am currently shooting streams, ponds, leaves, flowers etc for nature. Thanks for the reply!!

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    Re: Not sure which lens is next

    Hmmmm,.... A better question is likely "Which lenses are next?"

    "If you think that things can't get any worse, you've never been in the military." - Anonymous

  10. #10
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    Re: Not sure which lens is next

    I don't have any specific suggestions for you but am wondering if you will be replacing any existing lenses or looking to supplement with something longer than 200mm?

    Typically portraits (head & shoulders) tend to be between 85mm and 135mm on FX. Since you have DX, your 50mm f/1.8 should be fine for those. If you are looking to do full body shots, some people go wider while others go longer. It really depends on how much room you have between you and your subject. If you go wider, be sure to keep body parts away from the edges of your frame. There is some perspective distortion that occurs which can stretch body parts.

    For nature it all depends - if you are specifically looking for wildlife, then definitely something longer. The previous suggestions of 150mm-600mm would be ideal. If you are including flowers in with your definition of nature, then you'd want something shorter. And what you've got is okay for shorter. Nick mentioned a macro lens. A few people here have a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens which gets good reviews. It could possibly double as a portrait lens if you have enough working room.

    If you are looking to replace your 2 current zooms, Nick's suggestion of a 70-300mm lens is good. Typically FX glass is better than basic DX kit lenses it so would be an improvement over your existing 50-200mm lens. Nikon makes a 16mm-80mm f/4 DX lens that is the kit lens for the D500. It is the DX equivalent of the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 that is the kit for some of the FX bodies. But Dan's suggestion of the Tamron 28-75mm wouldn't be as expensive - and I believe some other members have that lens, too. You might want to do a forum search to see some images.

    Good luck with whatever you choose!
    Last edited by hark; 05-06-2019 at 04:04 PM.
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