I have searched here alot and have seen some good choices but I am on a budget of hopefully 2,000.00. My lenses that I have at present time which I bought for my Nikon N8008s a few years ago is 28-70mm 3.5 to 4.5 AF D, 70 to 210mm 4 to 5.6 AF Non D lens. Also have 3 manual lenses 28mm 2.8 AI-s, 50mm 1.8 AI-s, and the 100mm AI-s series E lense. I also want to get probably either the SB 400, SB 600 or SB 700 flash for the set-up if a flash would be required at the moment. I would like to add another lense but I will not have tons of money to get into a much expensive lense, wife will be only so helpful in this area and since I do turn 50 is a big help, also since this is a hobby and not a way of living at present time bills will also have to come out of the income tax return. I still have my 8008s and the SB-24 flash unit that goes with it. Thanks for all the advise, I will continue reading and researching this site for more help and information, THANK YOU, and GOD Bless!!!!!
New Member: Buying D7000 soon have old lenses, $2,000.00 budget(9 posts) (6 voices)
Please search the forums, there have been many threads talking about recommendations about lenses.
Yes I understand, I guess my question mainly is can the lenses I have at present time be good enough to learn and build my knowledge on or should I buy another lens? I have been thinking about the cheap 18-55 vr lense but don't want to unless I have to. At present I just want to build on the D7000 as others here have stated and a good lense either of nikon or other brand that would be good and compatible. I don't know if financially I'd be able to spend more on the outfit than the camera and flash (as stated if needed). If I had tons of money I'd go and get alot of the most expensive pro lenses but as every one knows including me lenses and camera do not make good pictures it's the person behind the camera who does.
Well then... Get the D7000 body only a sb700 and a 35mm f1.4g
For flash I would go for sb-700 as it will give you more features and option over sb-400 I.e off-camera flash, more powerful etc.
For lens, I guess you need to decide what focal length you are going to use the most, if you need/want a fixed lens or zoom and how much money you will have left after the d7000 & flash. Once that figured out it will be much easier for others to help or even for you to do your own research.
I have no idea how any of the older lenses perform as I haven't shot Nikon long enough.
I would agree with kyoshinikon, I will add D7000 body only a sb700 and an new G series prime (35 F1.8, 40 F2.8, 50 F1.8).
Somewhat hard to recommend anything without know what you want to shoot or accomplish. You won't have much budget left for a lens after the D7000 and a flash.
The only thing I shoot is family, friends, scenery and nature and wildlife scenery. I like to shoot close-ups of critters on rocks or flowers, etc. I live in Wichita Falls Tx. and the nearest so called wildlife park is in Lawton, Ok. area called the Wichita Mountains, also have the Holy City where they have the Easter Pageant (the oldest in North America) each year. I want to eventually get into mainly Nature and Wildlife, have done one Wedding with the N8008s the photo's were O.K. I guess, but not wonderful which I expected. Everyone says that I'm already in Photography since I take X-rays for a living but the photo's are not as pleasant as shooting landscapes and wildlife, however they can be very unusual and quite interesting at times. I've always thought it would be nice to be a professional wildlife and nature photographer for a living and be a fisherman (catfish mainly) on the side. I know dreams eventually do come true, my wife thinks that I put to high stakes on my life, but when your knocking on the door to 50 what the heck.
Suggest you try to buy a used SB600 flash off eBay. Do not get the SB400, it's not much improvement over the D7000 flash.
Consider a Tamron 18-55f2.8 lens. Get the older model, the new one with VC does not perform as well. You should be able to get the D7000, Tamron and SB600 for $2000.
Also, try to sell your old lenses on eBay and get the prime with that $$.
I have the SB400 and it works just fine. The SB700 is obviously a "better" flash, but I personally like the size of the SB400. It just doesn't have the range of the other flashes.
Now that I see what you like to take pictures of. The 40 F2.8 micro might be a good choice. Not the best for insects probably with such a close working distance, but it would work for most other things I imagine. You could really use something wider then you have though...any of the wide angle lenses might be good to have. If you want to get more "stuff" I think you will have to just start collecting one at a time because your budget isn't enough to cover all the bases.
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