Walk around lens


lufc62 9 8 England
12 Feb 2020 10:17PM
Evening Folks. Need to pick your Brains.
Having had the Nikon d7200 for a short while. What I would like to know is
what is the best walk around lens to use. I would be using this to take on Holiday to Florida so would be shooting various shots. I was looking at the Nikon af-s 85mm f/ 1.8g. would this be useful
any advice given please.
many thanks Ray.

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LenShepherd 11 4.1k United Kingdom
13 Feb 2020 7:18AM
Your portfolio has lots of good photos, some of the Yorkshire ones not very far from where I live.

What other Nikon fit lenses do you have?

For a beginner/novice I would suggest a mid range zoom rather than a prime - though your photos clarify you are well above beginner/novice level.
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.4k 158 England
13 Feb 2020 11:47AM
My go to lens or 'walkabout' on holidays is a 24-105 (Canon) on my full frame DSLR. I believe your D7200 has a crop sensor so a 15-85 would be roughly the equivalent. Before I went full frame the 15-85 was my lens of choice.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 621 England
13 Feb 2020 11:54AM
What are the focal lengths used most often by you (you can check the exif data), and will you be expecting to take similar shots on your trip?
I'd guess it's likely to point to a mid range zoom. Fixed focal lenght lenses are good in terms of performace and making you think about composition but may limit opportunities on such a trip.
How wide ranging the zoom depends on what I mentioned above.
'Best' is a term with caveats such as budget, weight and handling.
Jestertheclown 11 8.1k 252 England
13 Feb 2020 4:28PM
I use a D7200 which has an AF-P 18-55 almost permanently attached to it.
It's small, collapses to become even smaller and weighs and costs very little.
I've never been to Florida but I use it extensively when I'm roaming around anywhere and the results are excellent.
I'm sure someone will be along shortly to tell you that kit lenses are rubbish but that's certainly not my experience.
Alternatively, there's its slightly more expensive predeccesor, the AF-S 18-55 which allows you option to switch off the VR; the AF-P version won't let you.
Jestertheclown 11 8.1k 252 England
13 Feb 2020 7:55PM

Quote:the AF-S 18-55 which allows you option to switch off the VR; the AF-P version won't let you.


That should have read "AF-S 18-55 VRII."
lufc62 9 8 England
13 Feb 2020 8:10PM
Thank you for all the advice. If this helps I have the Nikon AF-S 18-55 lens, Nikon AF-S 55-300, Sigma 10-20 lens. What I would really like is something of a good mid range lens which would give me close to mid range, without taking all my equipment with me. hence why I would like a walk round lens without swapping all the time. Would the Nikon 85mm 1.8g be any good..
Many thanks Ray.
Jestertheclown 11 8.1k 252 England
13 Feb 2020 8:38PM
Personally, I'd avoid a prime simply because of its lack of flexibility. I'd soon get fed up zooming by using my feet.
That being the case, the obvious choice would be a shortish superzoom.
I've got a Nikon AF-S 18-135 fixed permanently to the front of my D90; I bought it for the purpose of having a ready made walkabout and although the D90's now years old, the combination works fine for me.
I've never used that lens on my D7200 so I can't comment on the results but depending upon the level of IQ your aiming to achieve, that, or perhaps Nikon's AF-S 18-140 might do the trick.
You can easily and cheaply pick up used copies of either, although I suspect the 140 will be a bit dearer.
geffers7 Plus
9 53 1 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2020 10:23AM
I have full frame so bear this in mind with my advice - 24-70 is the best walk around lens but in towns and cities I prefer my Sigma 35mm 1.4 - its wide enough for landscapes but small enough so as not to attract too much attention. I think the APC equivalent would be 23mm.
thewilliam2 2 1.4k
14 Feb 2020 10:38AM

Quote:I use a D7200 which has an AF-P 18-55 almost permanently attached to it.
It's small, collapses to become even smaller and weighs and costs very little.
I'm sure someone will be along shortly to tell you that kit lenses are rubbish but that's certainly not my experience.
Alternatively, there's its slightly more expensive predeccesor, the AF-S 18-55 which allows you option to switch off the VR; the AF-P version won't let you.



I'm a great fan of the Nikon 18-55mm kit lens. It'll also focus to about one-third of life-size.

The main downside is its lack of durability when compared with the 17-55mm, which is also f2.8 but considerably more expensive and a lot heavier. The 18-55mm just needs to be treated carefully and protected from the rain but we could wreck 8 or 10 kit lenses and still be ahead financially!

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