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Evening all. I have just passed my diploma course and I'm looking to get 2 extra lenses for my Nikon D3000. I currently only have the 18-55mm. I would like one for wildlife/landscape and one for portraits. I have been looking at the 18-200mm and the 35mm. Does anyone think that these will be fine or have any other ideas on what I could get. I'm looking at second hand mainly as I only have a small budget. My main area is portraits and I really want to achieve a beautiful bokeh. Any comments gratefully received :0)
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Just my opinion, Catherine, but given that you already have a 18-55mm for general use, including landscapes, (and assuming that you do not want to spend too much money), I would suggest the following:
For wildlife: Nikkor 70-300mm VR (about £380 new or £310 s/h)
For portraits: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D (Just over £100 new or just under £100 s/h)
But check that D lens will work on your body. If not, you may have to spend another £60 or £70 to get the new G version.
Thank you. I'll take a look and see what I can find. :0)
24-70 f4 (or f2.8 if you can afford) is a great focal range for portraits. example I prefer to use a zoom for portraits. Sigma make a couple of decent budget 24-70s (samples). Nice bokeh and sharp at focal point.
yep second what left forum says the 50mm is an underestimated lens it is superb for portraits and so is the 70-200mm f2.8 but then that is a tad more expensive but worth all the money you spend.
If you value good advise then here is mine, get the best glass you can not afford and you will have great glass you will never want to get rid of to upgrade therefore it is a wise purchase.
I certainly value good advise Ian but at the moment I will have to go with what is affordable and then maybe down the line when I have more experience and money I shall certainly get the best. :0)
Nothing to say about lenses but well done
Have a look here.
Also the Nikon 70-300mm ED non VR is available online for about $125.00-150.00. The G model doesn't work on the D3000.
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