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Replacing Kit Lens
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August 10, 2012
6:25 pm
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Hi Oksana…First I want to tell you how much I have learned from your videos. Not only are you a very talented photographer you are also a very skilled instructor. It is very hard for a professional to get to a ‘newbie’ level and you have done an excellent job. :D

I have a Nikon D-80 and I have the following lenses:

Nikon AF-S 70-300mm 1.4.5-5.6G which I use for distance

Sigma 50mm 1:1-4 Prime which I use for close-up

The kit lens that came with the camera is a: Nikon DX AF-S 18-135mm 1.35-5.6G ED

I would like to replace the kit lens with a better lens. Can you please recommend a good zoom lens?

Also, I am finding that it may be time to purchase another camera so that I can keep the prime lens on one and either the zoom or telephoto on the other so I don’t have to change lenses. They don’t make the D-80 any more. What model sold today would be a step-up or two from theD-80?

Thanking you in advance for your help; and, again–good job on your classes, website, etc. Very much appreciated!!!

August 10, 2012
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What do you shoot mostly? If you dont need a wide angle lens then sell the 18-135mm since you have 50mm and 70-300mm covered. Maybe you can get the 35mm f/1.8G. If you want a body, get the D7000.

August 10, 2012
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I mainly take pics of kids at various sports events (baseball, basketball, etc.); kids and animals–horse and cattle shows, etc. I want a lens that I can easily blur out the background. The prime lens makes this very easy but my kit lens does not. Thanks for your reply.

August 10, 2012
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It all depends what are you shooting and how much are you willing to spend.

If you want a real upgrade : Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED ($1800) are great pro lenses, but also very expensive. If you are upgrading, you want something with wider aperture, so it is better in low light.

Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED ($1400) is also a good one, but it is only for DX (Cropped sensor camera), so if one day you will want to upgrade to a FX (Full sensor) this lens would not work.

If you want something cheaper here some options from Sigma:

Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS Lens ($600)
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Lens ($800)

or Tamron:

Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 VC ($650)
Tamron SP AF28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Asp IF Macro ($500)
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC ($1300)

This are your options I think. You can find tons of reviews online on those lenses. I will try to write an arctics compering all those lenses soon too.

35mm ($200) is a good sharp lens and very cheep.

Nikon D7000 is great.

August 11, 2012
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Thank you for your reply.
I was looking at the NIKKOR AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5-5.6G ED VR

Would that be a good choice?

August 11, 2012
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Well, as I already said, it all depends what you want to use your new lens for and what is more important for you in the lens. What type of photography do you want to use it for?

If you are happy with your Nikon AF-S 70-300mm 1.4.5-5.6G and Nikon DX AF-S 18-135mm 1.3.5-5.6G ED and the only thing which is missing is a focal range without changing the lens, then go with NIKKOR AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5-5.6G ED VR.

If you need to use your lens in low light condition and want shallower DoF (lets say you are shooting events), the lenses above are better option. But in this case you need to sacrifice a focal range.

August 11, 2012
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I want a lens that I can use to take pictures of outside sports events…mainly horseshows. My subject can be about 1 foot from me one minute and then two mins later be several feet away. I can’t get close enough with my 70-300 when they are close to me and I haven’t been able to figure out how to blur the background with my kit lens which is my goal. I want to be able to focus on my subject and blur out the spectators close behind. I took a class and the instructor said I needed to replace the kit lens with a higher quality lens but she wasn’t sure which Nikon lens to recommend. Usually I am taking pics in sunny conditions.

August 11, 2012
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Oops…just re-read my last post…I should have said that my subject can be anywhere between about 5-10 feet to 100-150 feet.

August 11, 2012
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The kit lens would not give you as great of the blur as more expensive fast lens with wider maximum aperture. Also your kit lens will give you better blur on the longer end of the lens, then on wide angle end. Remember my lesson about DoF? With fast more expensive lens you will have a wider aperture for more shallow DoF, but you will need to sacrifice a variety of focal length. I can tell you for sure that lens with wide aperture (like for example f2.8) with local length from 18-300mm doesn’t exist. I would love to have one like this too, lol! The only solution to this is to have two cameras with two lenses (one with shorter length and one with longer).

Do you have any picture of sport events you took with your kit lens you can share with us? Can you also post the settings you used?

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