Last year I bought a Nikon d5000 which came with one lens, the Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm lens. I'm interested in getting another lens to try some new photography. I'm still a beginner so keep that in mind. But I was interested in getting something more suited for sports photography or to shoot real close up objects, such as eyes. Help !!
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The 55-200 kit lens is a pretty decent compliment for your 18-55mm, and it won't break the bank. I bought both when I bought my D5100. Zoom lenses (all of them) look ratty at the upper end of their zoom range, and the 55-200mm looks much better at 55mm than the 18-55mm. Have a look at these center and edge samples at 100% of a shirt I photographed:
As you can see, big difference. I set each of them around their optimum aperture, which is typically about two stops in, to try and get the best optical results from them. This is why they're at two different f-stops.
Generally speaking, the longer the zoom range, that rattier the lens will be throughout it's entire zoom range. The 18-200mm Nikkor is a good example of a lens that suffers as such. Exceptions to the rule are typically expensive. Unless you have the money for it, stick to shorter zoom ranges on zooms.
As for close focusing, unless you want macro, the 18-55mm you already own has surprisingly close focus capability. There's a new 40mm Nikkor released (reviewed here at Nikon Rumors, by the way), but short macros always have you up on top of your subject, which is problematic for several reasons. Although a 100mm or 200mm is best, the 85mm Micro Nikkor is a relatively affordable option if you want macro. Another option is to get a set a Kenko auto extension tubes and use the 55-200mm for macro.
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