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Lenses for Nikon D300

Hector Amengual , Nov 22, 2007; 11:01 a.m.

I had decided to buy the D200 last July but before I placed my order the announcement came out about the D300. I decided to wait and I just placed an order with Ritz camera for the D300 last night.

Last July I received great advice on this forum and I had decided to buy a Nikon D200 with 2 lenses to get me started, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF and the Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED IF AF-S DX. I figured I can get back on the saddle again after a long layoff of using SLRs. After a while I can get the Nikon 70- 200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom.

Should I reconsider my lenses or should they still be a good start-up set for my D300? I wanted the 50mm for low light indoor shots. I think the 18-70mm should cover most of my other situations (portraits, city and nature shots). Any new lenses I should check out?



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Shun Cheung , Nov 22, 2007; 11:05 a.m.

Whatever lenses you decided for the D200 should be just fine for the D300. Those two camera are quite similar, although the D300 is the improved version.

Whatever lenses you might get, I suggest you buy them one at a time. Use it for a little while and see what you are missing, before you get another one.

Nolan Ross , Nov 22, 2007; 11:41 a.m.

I recently purchased the 18-70mm new and found it to have vignetting at all focal lengths and from wide open to f8. I purchased it to use on my D200. I was very disapointed and sent it back to BHPhoto and they exchanged it for the 28-105 f3.5-4.5D lens with the appropriate refund. I plan on staying with the full frame type lenses in the future as they are also very useful on my film bodies. Besides I plan on a large sensor camera one of these days. Probably not the D3 but rather something down the road depending on what Nikon brings out. It's the 5 year plan.

Bruce Margolis , Nov 22, 2007; 11:44 a.m.

Hector, if those were the lenses you liked with the D200, I am sure you will love them with the D300.

As for new lenses, yeah there are some but they are much more expensive that the 18-70mm you like. The 18-70 is a good place to begin. You will know soon enough if you need something wider/longer.

Enjoy your new camera.

Joseph Smith , Nov 22, 2007; 11:52 a.m.

The 18-70mm lens is a great value for its price. I thought it vignetted too, but I found out that I had not locked the lens hood on properly. You need to turn it so it locks itself in place. I use it most of the time on my d 200 when I do not have a 500mm on it. Joe Smith

Nolan Ross , Nov 22, 2007; 12:37 p.m.

That would seem a logical explanation why some people are having vignetting with the lens and others do not. Until now I was just thinking that maybe some people just do not notice the vignetting as being part of the image. It did seem to have excellent sharpness and contrast from my brief exposure to it.

Breogan Gomez , Nov 22, 2007; 01:36 p.m.

I've been using the 18-70 fow a couple of months now and I haven't seen any relevant vignetting unless wide open. I don0t use any filters or hood.

Lee Ricks , Nov 22, 2007; 01:57 p.m.

I use the 18-70 every day and have published hundreds of pictures taken with it. It is sharp and I don;t notice any vignetting. You need at least 18 wide anyway.

Just out of curiousity. Why the 50 f1.4? It is a fine lens but do you really need it? Are you planning to shoot in extremely low light or use it for a portrait lens? For the price of these two lenses you could be really close to an 18-200 vr which is a very convenient lens. And you will need some more length one day.

Matt Stevens , Nov 22, 2007; 02:11 p.m.

What's your budget Hector? If you can afford it, the 17-55mm 2.8 is quite a nice lens and would complement the D300 very well. And with the 70-200mm 2.8 in your bag, there's not much else you'd need accept a second job!

Douglas Lee , Nov 22, 2007; 03:21 p.m.

I agree with Matt. The D300 goes to ISO 3200 nativly (so to speak). The 17-55 is a fine lens. If you can swing it that would be my recommendation. That way you won't have to worry about upgrading to a better lens later. Once and done!

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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