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so i have a nikon d5000 and my original plan was to upgrade to a d7000 to get a "better" camera, and i realized i dont need a better camera i just need a much better lense. right now i have the normal kit lens and a 35mm dx 1.8g, and since ive saved money for the 7000 i have money to get a really really nice lens. My friend can give me i believe a 40% discount on nikon products soooo i guess i would want to keep my final price range in the area of 400 to 600 dollars at the most. I mainly shoot car photography and portraits so i guess i would want a lense within 24-85mms and im looking for something to give me nice sharp images with good color. i am just so lost because there are ton's of lens' and ive been looking for the past two weeks and i cant determine if i want a solid lense or something like a 24-85 or 24-120. Now with all that said i would also like a lense that would let me do some good video work, i say this last because im sure this does not play as big of a role in choosing.

thanks for any help guys.
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mm if u want a sharp zoom for about that price range, the 16-85mm has had a lot of good talk on how sharp it is and the color being nice. u wont lose the SWA u had on ur 18-55 and get a little more reach.

another suggestion u can pick up a 3rd party 17-55mm alike lens that with the f/2.8 aperture which will allow more light into the lens, resulting in faster shutter speeds at lower light environments..

aside from the zooms... the only prime in that price range i can think of is the 50mm, whether it be nikon's 50mm f/1.4G or sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM (sharper, better build). this focal length on a crop sensor will give u an effective 75mm which would be good for portraits (effective 85mm is the so called portrait lens on a full frame/film camera)
 
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I will have to say: What's wrong with your 35mm f/1.8? It's a great focal length and its wide aperture is excellent for video work.
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if you shoot parked/posed cars i would recommend a wide like a 10-20 or soemthing wide. 70-200/4 for moving stuff.

but for the most versatile lens 17-55/2.8, is the way to go.
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if you shoot parked/posed cars i would recommend a wide like a 10-20 or soemthing wide. 70-200/4 for moving stuff.

but for the most versatile lens 17-55/2.8, is the way to go.
Or if you're on a budget, a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non-VC.

But I still suggest keeping the 35mm f/1.8
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ooo definitely keep the 35mm its a good lens, if i could get a 200 dollar 35/1.8 on FF i would.
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I will have to say: What's wrong with your 35mm f/1.8? It's a great focal length and its wide aperture is excellent for video work.
i love it but its just not sharp enough i know there are zoom lens' shaper than this, but seriously i dont plan on getting rid of the 35mm i love it to death honestly never gonna get rid of this lense im just looking for a good upgrade to replace my 55-200 and the kit lense 18-55 which is why i would either want a good zoom lense or a solid 50 or 85.

it does seem that the 16-85 is a good lense


these i took with my 35mm, the colors are great but if you really look at them the sharpness really is not there.

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I had the 35mm 1.8 and its a very sharp lens when stepped down. Most nikkor fast lenses I owned are not sharp when shot wide open.
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dont expect any zooms in that range to be sharper then a prime.
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Those shots look sharp, or is it just me?
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