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First lens choice for Nikon D750

Otto50 3
25 Nov 2020 1:32PM

I am considering purchasing a Nikon D750, I enjoy Wildlife/nature, macro and architecture photography. The following lenses have been recommended to me by my local camera store. I was wondering if I could ask your views on them, considering the types of photography I enjoy...

Nikon 50 mm F 1.8 G

70-300 mm F 4.5-5.6 E ED VR

AF-S Micro 60 mm F 2.8G ED

As I am new to DSLR and Lenses, I am still getting to grips with the abbreviations and technical stuff...

Many Thanks
LenShepherd 12 4.3k United Kingdom
25 Nov 2020 7:44PM
I do not think your camera store recommendations score 10 out of 10 Sad

For starting in wildlife at a distance a Nikon 70-300 P lens is a good starting point. The P is optically much better than the older VR version.

For nature - including insects - the 105 VR is a good Nikon choice - though more expensive than the 60mm.

The 50 mm G does not zoom - and a zoom facility is often needed for architecture.

Nikon's free NX-D software is extremely good for a free product - and will help correct converging verticals often encountered with architecture.

Knowing your overall budget would help - we can all suggest products well outside many photographers budget!

Before making any final decision check out the lowest official import prices at Your local store is likely to get close to the best prices possible - if you know what they are and ask.

Otto50 3
25 Nov 2020 7:57PM

My budget is £2000, I would like to prioritise the purchase of body, a wildlife and macro lens, Id be happy to carry on saving for a lens suitable for architecture if needed to?

Their recommendation for the 50mm G may have been due to me saying, that Id like a light weight lens, and that as I tend to photograph buildings on holiday, didnt want to carry a lens too heavy or to draw attention to myself..

Ill read up on the 105 VR and look into the 70-300 P - thank you

so many options, and difficult as not able to talk face to face with store at the moment..

Thank you, for taking the time to reply,its much appreciated, its a lot of money to get very wrong ..

bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 50 England
25 Nov 2020 9:02PM

Quote:Ill read up on the 105 VR and look into the 70-300 P - thank you

I have the Nikon D750.
I use both the lenses recommended above. A useful addition could be a Sigma 180 EX macro that I use too.
Otto50 3
25 Nov 2020 9:13PM

Thank you, yes both the 105 Vr and 70-300 P where good recommendations, I am just reading up on them now, and looking at prices comparisons!

Ill take a look at the Sigma 180 EX macro too.

Thank you for taking the time to respond, much appreciated Smile

peterjones 18 5.1k 1 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2020 9:23PM
Although the 60mm macro has no VR if it suits your purposes it is a stunning lens in terms of image quality; I wouldn't want to be without mine; I use the now "elderly" D version. By comparison my 105mm macro has VR but the VR is ineffective close up but then I have no issue with boosting the ISO if necessary to >3000; in terms of VR the NIkon 105mm is long in the tooth and newer macro lenses have far more effective VR systems.
Otto50 3
25 Nov 2020 10:00PM
Thank you for your feedback with reference to the 60mm, taking into consideration of my budget, I am considering staying with the 60mm option, so I really do appreciate your positive feed back with this lens.

Parkerspics 18 1.4k Wales
26 Nov 2020 8:34AM
If you're interested in architecture photography, my advice would be to get a wide angle lens. The nikon 20mm 1.8G ED is a awesome lens which is not too expensive (grab one 2nd hand) and will do the job nicely. You could go wider, but that needs more budget. I have the 20mm and I love it.
sausage Plus
16 684 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2020 8:55AM
Another vote for the 105 from me.
andybebbs 12 623 1 England
26 Nov 2020 10:03AM
I have a d750 and the 24-85mm that came with the camera takes good photos and would be fine for your architecture photography. I would consider your long range lens for wildlife as the 300 4.5 is not going to fast enough or close enough in my opinion.
LenShepherd 12 4.3k United Kingdom
27 Nov 2020 8:51AM

Quote: my 105mm macro has VR but the VR is ineffective close up

It depends what you mean by "ineffective".
By 1:1 magnification with any lens magnification increases significantly - and without VR the chances of getting a sharp image hand held is usually less than 1%.
With a little more help than average steadying the lens good sharp hand held shots are achievable with the aid of VR.
With the extra information that budget is not high the 105mm is eliminated.
peterjones 18 5.1k 1 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2020 8:52PM
Ineffective definition: "not producing any significant or desired effect".
LenShepherd 12 4.3k United Kingdom
27 Nov 2020 9:05PM

Quote:Ineffective definition: "not producing any significant or desired effect".

My point was the 105 VR at 1:1, can, contrary to your opinion, produce sharp hand held images - making VR effective.

My experience is based on regular hand on use combined with good hand held technique.
peterjones 18 5.1k 1 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2020 4:21PM
A picture is worth a thousand words; I am not going to get embroiled in a ludicrous epz debate that gets nobody anywhere, I have better things to do.


Brown Argus, Nikon D850 105mm Micro Nikkor.
keithh 17 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
29 Nov 2020 5:52PM
Shut down, wrapped and in the mail.

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