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Hey guys, I have a Nikon D80 with two old lenses that I must return to their owner fairly soon, so I need to buy myself a lens if I want to keep shooting! I don't know much about what lenses are good for what, so I would really appreciate your advice.

Requirements:
-Must be a zoom lens (got stuck with just a 50mm on my last camera and it was a real pain!)
-Be relatively inexpensive. I have a budget of $450NZD, which equates to $374USD. But I might be willing to save up an extra $100 only if it is really really worthwhile. On a pretty tight student budget!

Currently I am primarily using my camera for photographing my computer. I use it occasionally for photographing family and friends, as well as some landscapes. So I guess I'm after a good all-rounder.

Also interested in recommendations for an external flash, as well as an inexpensive but decent quality tripod. If you guys know of any sites in the US that sell what I'm after for a good price and also does sensibly priced international shipping, I'd love to take a look! Prices are nuts on most things here in New Zealand

Thanks in advance.
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The most common comsumer setup for nikon is the 18-55vr paired with the 55-200vr, you should be able to both with that budget.
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18-105. one lens set up. good range. plastic mount but if u take care of your stuff, it doesnt matter. u get more range for 18-55 and 55-200 but if u dont need to 200mm, 105 is quite enough. i use this lens a lot.


used 18-105 is around 200.. find a sb-600 for another 200 should land u around ur budget.

(this is all USD btw)
 
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post #4 of 20
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The most common comsumer setup for nikon is the 18-55vr paired with the 55-200vr, you should be able to both with that budget.
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18-105. one lens set up. good range. plastic mount but if u take care of your stuff, it doesnt matter. u get more range for 18-55 and 55-200 but if u dont need to 200mm, 105 is quite enough. i use this lens a lot.


used 18-105 is around 200.. find a sb-600 for another 200 should land u around ur budget.

(this is all USD btw)
Thanks so much guys I didn't realise you could get lenses with such an extensive focal range so thank you for mentioning that one iandroo! After reading a few reviews and checking out the list of lenses available to me in NZ, I'm kinda leaning towards the Sigma 28-200 or the 18-125. The latter seemed to get a really good review although it is the more expensive of the two. Just not sure if it is worth the price or not? $449NZ (new) for it and the 28-200 is $399NZ (new).

I'll check out that flash too. Thanks again!
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Hey guys, I have a Nikon D80 with two old lenses that I must return to their owner fairly soon, so I need to buy myself a lens if I want to keep shooting! I don't know much about what lenses are good for what, so I would really appreciate your advice.

Requirements:
-Must be a zoom lens (got stuck with just a 50mm on my last camera and it was a real pain!)
.
You'll come crawling back to primes one day.
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You'll come crawling back to primes one day.
Oh of course. I love them and the next lens I buy will be another 50mm prime . Was more meaning that they are not ideal when they are your only lens
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You'll come crawling back to primes one day.
Or when he gets out of school, he could get a great zoom. They do exist you know. But they're few and far between and $$$$.
    
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Or when he gets out of school, he could get a great zoom. They do exist you know. But they're few and far between and $$$$.
Easier said than done. With my own current career plan, that's going to be 2027
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Or when he gets out of school, he could get a great zoom. They do exist you know. But they're few and far between and $$$$.
*she.

But yes, when I finish my degree I'd like to save for much better lenses I just need something decent and versatile to get me through until then. Thinking I will probably go for the Sigma 18-125 now too.
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*she.

But yes, when I finish my degree I'd like to save for much better lenses I just need something decent and versatile to get me through until then. Thinking I will probably go for the Sigma 18-125 now too.
Personally I'd rather go for the Nikon 18-105. Not that hard to find one used either. They're the kit lens for Nikon's semi-pro to pro level bodies and as such are often ditched in favor of better lenses, so there's never a shortage on the used markets.
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