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    Arrow Need Help With 1st Zoom Lens (for Nikon)

    Well I'm about to start looking at buying my first zoom lens but I'm not sure where I should start.

    So far I've been using the 50mm f/1.8 on my D90. I don't think I'll need heaps of zoom (the lens on the Canon film SLR I borrowed was 18-85 which was a fine amount of zoom for me, though a little bit more wouldn't hurt). As for the budget, I'd prefer if it were under $400. But if you can convince me I can save a bit longer.

    Also, are third party lenses as good as Nikon lenses?
    Nikon D90
    Nikon AF 50mm f1.8 D
    Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
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    18-105VR! (at that price range and new).

    if you don't mind second-hand and can find one at your price point of approx $400, I think the Tammy 17-50/2.8 is the hardest to beat.

    There are others such as the variable aperture Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 and so forth, but I think if you're going to go with a variable aperture lens, then it may as well be something from Nikon's kit lens range, that returns a good value for money factor. 18-70 is supposedly good, as is the 18-135mm kit lens.
    Nikon D800E, D300, D70s
    {Nikon} -> 50/1.2 : 500/8(CPU'd) : 105/2.8VR Micro : 180/2.8ais : 105mm f/1.8ais : 24mm/2ais
    {Sigma}; ->10-20/4-5.6 : 50/1.4 : 12-24/4.5-5.6II : 150-600mm|S
    {Tamron}; -> 17-50/2.8 : 28-75/2.8 : 70-200/2.8 : 300/2.8 SP MF : 24-70/2.8VC


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    The Nikon 28-105 is a very nice lens with macro capability.
    Here in the states it can be purchased for $125-200...
    We use it for a nice walk around lens.
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    I agree with Arthur - Tammy 17-50. Great bang for buck, constant 2.8 aperture, and there is a Vibration Control model if you want that. You'll never have a reason to upgrade that lens (unless you go full frame one day). I have the VC model on my D90.

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    Tony's post had me wondering!...

    @ DWI's prices:

    Tammy 17-50/2.8(non VC) = $386
    Tammy 17-50/2.8VC ...... = $474

    These are grey import new items.

    If you can stretch the budget by $74.. get the VC model, and you never know when you may need image stabilisation, but you can always turn it off if you don't need it!

    I thought these VC lenses still sold for $600-700 or more(even grey market).

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    Thanks for the replies.

    The 17-50 sounds pretty good but it doesn't give my any more zoom than my 50mm prime though.

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    70-300 vr
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    and no, there are very few 3rd party lenses as good as the Nikon equivalent, in fact, I can only think of one

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    Well I'm still trying to decide on a lens. I am still not fully sure if I will need much zoom or if I'd be better off just using my feet. The list of options so far:

    - Nikon 18-105 (mostly plastic but it has VR)
    - Nikon 18-70 (metal mount, pretty cheap on eBay but no VR)
    - Tamron 17-50 (doesn't give me any more zoom, but it is faster than the others)
    - Nikon 16-85 (metal mount + VR but it is more expensive than the others)

    Any more suggestions/comments are welcome!

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    from what you are saying I`d suggest you go with the tamron 17-50 and I`d stretch the budget and go for the VC version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old dog View Post
    from what you are saying I`d suggest you go with the tamron 17-50 and I`d stretch the budget and go for the VC version.
    I've been reading about the VC version vs. the non VC version. The non VC is slightly sharper apparently. If I went with the non VC I could put the $120ish that I'd be saving toward an SB-600 or tripod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegumbootman View Post
    I've been reading about the VC version vs. the non VC version. The non VC is slightly sharper apparently. If I went with the non VC I could put the $120ish that I'd be saving toward an SB-600 or tripod.
    can't comment on the VC version as I have the non VC & I reckon you're on the right track with the flash or tripod

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    Well I just bought the Tamron 17-50 non VC from eBay. should be here within "3-7 days".

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    Congrats. You should be happy with it.
    Now you can start saving for the next one

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    sigma 18-200mm HSM OS. should cover alot of shots and is around $400

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    ving duuuuude, did you read the last post gumbootman made.

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    Well I got it today. Very impressed with it so far! I haven't been able to get any shots outside the house yet though.

    Quote Originally Posted by DJT View Post
    Congrats. You should be happy with it.
    Now you can start saving for the next one
    I already have my eye on the Nikon 10.5mm fisheye.
    Though I think I need a Fender Jazzmaster just as much...

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