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Best but cheap lens for Nikon d5200

by AnuOcto14 / June 8, 2013 12:45 AM PDT

Hey all
I'm thinking of buying Nikon D5200 dslr. But i'm getting it with 18-55 mm kit lens which, according to most of the onlin reviews, doesn't push the capabilities of the camera.

I'v done some research and i'm considering getting the body only and a different lens along with it. one of the lenses I've shortlisted and come just under my budget is-

-> Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro for Nikon Digital SLR Lens (Macro Lens)

i'm a portrait and street photography enthusiast. i like taking group shots and landscape shots as well.

Please suggest if there is any other or better option.

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Some owner reviews
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 8, 2013 12:14 PM PDT
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this was helpful
by AnuOcto14 / June 8, 2013 4:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Some owner reviews

thanks a lot for the link

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Prime vs. Zoom
by PistonCupChampion / June 8, 2013 1:06 PM PDT

Generally speaking, a lens with more zoom is going to be inferior with regards to resolution and distortion. That is why most of the better quality lenses do not cover a wide range. The only thing "better" about an 18-200mm lens is that it is more convenient than two lenses covering the same focal range. If you really want to get the most out of the sensor, you would use a single focal length lens, also known as a prime lens. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8 G lenses would be examples of very high image quality lenses; they are both "classical" portrait lenses. A somewhat more versatile length but not quite as sharp would be the 35mm f/1.8 G.

If you want a better standard zoom than the 18-55mm, the Nikon 18-105mm, which is the kit ens for the D7100, would be my choice. Another good lens would be the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8; it is not as long, but it is a constant aperture lens.

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hey thanks a lot!!
by AnuOcto14 / June 9, 2013 4:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Prime vs. Zoom

i'm considering of buying the 18-55mm kit lens only, for now, along with 50mm f/1.8. will buy the 55-200 mm lens after a couple of months once i get comfortable with this one.
18-105mm is getting slightly over my budget right now.

thanks for your suggestion. Happy

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though Tamron looks cool as well
by AnuOcto14 / June 9, 2013 4:24 AM PDT
In reply to: hey thanks a lot!!

i've gone through the reviews of the buyers of Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro for Nikon Digital SLR Lens (Macro Lens) in the link posted above by snapshot2
most of them are pretty satisfied.

what if i go with this one and get a 50mm f/1.8 after some time?

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Just a nod to the fixed 40 or 50mm lens.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 9, 2013 5:08 AM PDT

I went with the 40 since I found I couldn't always back up enough from the subject. So I opted for a 40. It's only f2.8 but seems to perform super.

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Re : Best but cheap lens for Nikon d5200
by Harshada321 / June 11, 2013 6:12 PM PDT
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