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Lens recommendations

30 Jan 2014 11:24PM
Hi all. I have recently brought a 2nd hand D3000 with a 50mm f/1.8D lens, I want at least one more lens and am struggling to decide between getting a 28-300, a 55-300 or a 70-300 any suggestions/recommendations?

Thank you.

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janeez Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 1:40AM
The 28-300 is for a full frame camera and so not going to be the best for your D3000. The Nikon 18-200 F3.5-5.6 is an excellent lens. Sharp as a tack with all the features and an excellent all purpose lens. There is an 18-300mm lens which would be suitable but is a heavy one. Do you need the 300mm end for something in particular because it is worth doing some research to make sure you are getting the best for your needs?
31 Jan 2014 9:41AM
My daughter has the D3000 and I was so impressed by the Nikon 18-150mm that I bought one for my D90 and it is a great lens.

31 Jan 2014 10:45AM
Thanks for the responses. Janeez, are you sure about the 28-300 being for ff? a friend of mine (who posts on here) swears by her 28-300 and I'm sure her camera is not a full frame one, yeah the 300 end is quite important to me as I love to photograph flying displays. Thanks Harriet, unfortunately 150mm is too short for my requirements & I'm not keen on needing to carry multiple lenses as I am reliant on public transport.
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 12:45PM
Any FF lens can be used on APS-C. On your APS-C camera the lower end of the 28-300 is neither wide angle nor telephoto and conventional wisdom is that you would have 18-to-something with a telephoto lens taking over higher up. But many people really like a 24-105 or 24-70 on their APS-C cameras so it all depends on your style of photography.
gaelldew 11 361 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 2:21PM
What about the Tamron 18/270mm which is an excellent lens, have a look in the lens section, or I should say further down this section.
AndyMurdo 12 36 7 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 6:03PM
There is something to be said for keeping the zoom range as short as possible in regards to outright lens performance, so the 18-200 & 70-300 range are favoured here, If going for the latter, just make sure that it's either a Tamron SP70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD or the Nikon version as they offer the best optical performance and also sport both Vibration Control & Ultrasonic Focusing, the former feature is helpful in controlling camera shake (a problem with using long lenses hand held) the latter is the only auto focus system that will work with your camera body.
If buying S/H be aware that some older lenses utilise the earlier mechanical autofocus that depends on the camera body having the necessary linkages and a built-in focussing motor, which is lacking in D3000/D5000 series cameras, so would limit the lens to manual focus.
Hope this helps
Andy M
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
31 Jan 2014 8:04PM
For your D3000 and the photography requirement mentioned, Treat yourself to the Nikon 70-300mm ED VR lens, It is not a super expensive item, But pound for pound it is a great lens all round, It is a lens I use a great deal, I have used it at airshows and have always been impressed at the results, It is top notch for cat pictures to, If yer into that sort of thing....LOL...Smile

For airshows on an APS-C sensored camera it gives a full frame eq of around 450mm at the long end, The VR & AF will work with D3000 no problem.

Edit: Oh! Yeah, It is also light to carry on a camera, As well as being fairly inconspicuous for a zoom of this range, Heck, My 24-70 Nikkor is bigger and heavier.

janeez Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 8:06PM

Quote: Janeez, are you sure about the 28-300 being for ff


The 18-300 is for DX cameras
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
31 Jan 2014 8:16PM

Quote:are you sure about the 28-300 being for ff

Ok, Lets iron out a few things here, With a Nikon camera body, It makes no difference if the lens is DX or FX, It will still work with any Nikon camera body.

Some lens types are specified DX because they have been optically tuned for the DX sensor models, And yes you can use a DX lens on an FX body, But you loose half your resolution, But it does work " On Nikon Bodies " .

So yes a lens specified FX will fit and work on a DX camera body, It is just not tuned to the DX sensor, However 99.9% of the time, You would be hard pressed to notice, Which was what and on what it is mounted, Where Nikon are concerned, Several of my cameras are DX and I use FX lens models exclusively on all of them.

The only reason I would not recommend the 28-300 route, Is because to be honest that's stretching the optics a little to far for my taste, Horses for courses and all that jazz.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
31 Jan 2014 9:15PM
I use a D3100 which has a 55-300 almost permanently attached to it.
I'm not saying that because I recommend the lens (although I do) but to suggest that whichever lens you end up with, your camera will be more manageable and better balanced if you also add a battery grip.
Now, Nikon don't make one for the D3000, so you'll need to look at an aftermarket jobbie via Amazon or someone.
I dare say there will be a flurry of comments, telling you that I don't know what I'm talking about and that you shouldn't touch non-Nikon products but I use one, it cost me less than twenty quid and it does everything I need it to.

janeez Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 11:29PM

Quote:The only reason I would not recommend the 28-300 route

Which is the reason why I suggested the 18-300mm which is optically correct for a DX and give you all the reach you could ever wish for. I have FX and DX lenses but really only use them on the cameras there are designed for. I could interchange them with my cameras but don't as it saves effort and time having to make any possible corrections afterwards.
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 11:32PM
I maintain that every DX owner should have a Tamron 18-270 Smile
31 Jan 2014 11:41PM
janeez Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2014 12:15AM
I use the Tamron 24-70 F2.8 on my D800 and it is a sensational lens. I wouldn't hesitate in buying more Tamron lenses.

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