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Nikon lens for nature pics

by pavulurivenky / October 5, 2010 2:39 AM PDT

I do a lot of hiking and camping. I am looking for a most compatible lens for Nikon D5000 that can capture both the birds and small animals along with the nature.

Please suggest me a lens that can do this!

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zoom lens
by Joliet Eddie / October 5, 2010 2:56 AM PDT

I guess you're looking for a lens that can go wide angle as well as zoom in on small creatures? How about a 18-200mm zoom. Nikon has a VR version that is compatible on the 5000. Tamrom has an 18-270 VC that will work on the 5000, and Sigma has an 18-250 HSM OS that will also work on the 5000. I have an older D60 and use a Sigma 18-125mm for most of my general photography and it covers just about everything that I need.

The other option, assuming that you have the Nikon 18-55 VR kit lens, is to add the Nikon 55-200mm VR zoom. You'll need to change lenses to get the 18-200 coverage, but it is a lot cheaper than the others and is a fine, sharp lens. I have that one too and love shooting with it. Images taken at its longest telephoto setting of 200mm are sharp enough for cropping further in an image editor.

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Lens to capture minute details
by pavulurivenky / October 5, 2010 5:01 AM PDT
In reply to: zoom lens

Thank you Eddie for the suggestion.

I am trying to capture minute details like a a woodpecker on a tree top or a grasshopper in the grass next to me or a moisture drop on the leaf or flower petal.

Will the 18-200 mm lens workout to achieve these features.

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It can but
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / October 5, 2010 7:29 AM PDT

The 18-200mm range lenses are the jack of all trades and master of none. They are a great walk around lens but nowhere near the speed and image quality of other lenses. For what you'd want, you could keep the 18-55VR lens that came with your camera, add the Nikon 70-300VR, and add a true macro lens, such as the 60mm or 105mm Nikon versions. That means lugging around a couple of more lenses but it depends if you want decent with an all-in-one lens or much better with more than one lens.

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Try Nikon new lense
by jump1127 / October 8, 2010 3:28 PM PDT

It's not that cheap, but worth covering the range you may shoot. It's the new 28-300 VR. In my opinion, it's good for both FX and DX format though it's not comparable to the mighty Nano prime and zoom lenses.

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