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Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 for D3100 (beginner with DSLRs)

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I've already got a 18-105 but that's "just" F/3.5-5.6.

I figured the Tamron could be a quick grab and go lens that would be lighter and even though it has less zoom, similarly polyvalent.

The other lens I wanted was the 200 euros Nikon AF-S DX 35mm F/1.8 which I will get within a couple of months anyway.

I'm just wondering whether the Tamron would really be a complement to my lens. I know the Nikon is much more different and would probably teach me more but well... I could get both

Thanks!
Edited by Pott - 12/26/10 at 11:49am
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We know that the D3100 is a beginner DSLR; no need for the tag in the title

I'd actually grab the 35mm f/1.8 myself.

The 17-50mm f/2.8 focal range is already covered by the 18-105mm, and at those ranges, the max f-stops are f/3.5-f/4. I don't really think it's that big of a difference between f/2.8 and those f-stops.

The 35mm on the other hand may be fixed, but it gives you an even nicer wide opening.
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Thanks. Sorry I meant beginner with dSLRs...

The Tamron was available here in Paris for the same price as online but the Nikon is a lot cheaper online. I'll wait a bit but it seems I could learn a few more tricks with it then. Thanks!

EDIT: A lot of research and price comparisons later. The 35mm is my next buy, followed by the 17-55. I was looking into some telephoto lenses (55-300 or 70-300) as they're cheap enough; but I'd really require a tripod for this. I'll wait until I get better.
35mm it is for me now!
Edited by Pott - 12/26/10 at 12:50pm
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We know that the D3100 is a beginner DSLR; no need for the tag in the title

I'd actually grab the 35mm f/1.8 myself.

The 17-50mm f/2.8 focal range is already covered by the 18-105mm, and at those ranges, the max f-stops are f/3.5-f/4. I don't really think it's that big of a difference between f/2.8 and those f-stops.

The 35mm on the other hand may be fixed, but it gives you an even nicer wide opening.
Listen to this man, he talks sense.

Let's look at the 18-105 VR as a general purpose lens, and the 35 1.8 as a lowlight lens (where stabilisation might not work, for people for instance). 2 lenses that complement eachother quite nicely.

Having the 18-105 + 17-50 would be quite redundant.


I wouldn't recommend getting a tripod for the 70-300. It sounds like you are on a limited budget, which means you probably won't get a good tripod (good tripods are expensive). The 70-300 also doesn't have a tripod mount, which means you need to mount the body on the tripod, not the lens, which causes a lot of instability. Finally, the ergonomics like that will be terrible.

Get the Nikon 70-300 VR, it mostly eliminates the need for a tripod, and is an excellent lens.
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Dank je wel citruspers. Prime lens first, then tele. I'll see how I progress with the 35mm first. I just love gear, but I need to learn photography first.
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Thanks. Sorry I meant beginner with dSLRs...

The Tamron was available here in Paris for the same price as online but the Nikon is a lot cheaper online. I'll wait a bit but it seems I could learn a few more tricks with it then. Thanks!

EDIT: A lot of research and price comparisons later. The 35mm is my next buy, followed by the 17-55. I was looking into some telephoto lenses (55-300 or 70-300) as they're cheap enough; but I'd really require a tripod for this. I'll wait until I get better.
35mm it is for me now!
The 35mm is definitely a great lens, and would be a nice compliment to your 18-105mm lens. I also second the 70-300mm VR. It's an excellent lens for a decent price and performs well without a tripod. I had the good luck to try my cousin's on his D90 and I have to say I am impressed. Then again, I wasn't the one who paid for the lens!
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Graag gedaan (You're welcome) Pott!

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Thanks dudes. 70-300 VR seems like a good one. Since it's not a DX lens it'd also be useful if I ever move to a Full Frame body. Once more it's 650 euros in a shop here in Paris but 450 if I order from Amazon... It will have to wait!

I was also considering the very cheap Nikon 50mm FX 1.8. About 110 euros and it'd give me the rough equivalent of an 85 prime lens for small frame body. Good practice for manual focus.

Quick question, maybe for another thread but... if I get only AF-S lenses; how well will they work with a higher end body with a built in motor? Does the lens CPU let the body know about it and it'd all work ok?
Edited by Pott - 12/27/10 at 3:28am
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I wouldn't get the 50 1.8, it won't autofocus on your D3100 and manual focus with today's DSLR is quite tough. Stick with the 10-105, 35 1.8 and 70-300 VR for a while.

AF-S lenses work perfectly fine with higher end bodies. I've never noticed any issue on my 2 bodies. The camera automatically recognizes the lenses and disables the built-in motor and uses the motor in the lens.
    
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Oh I'm well aware, I work for one of the world's leading e-tailers... It's made me addicted to online shopping and totally disappointed in store shopping. Kind of a shame but my wallet thanks me! There's so much info on the net that if you know how to filter in-store know-how is becoming irrelevent.

I didn't realise manual focusing was so hard... I guess I just got too used to automatic! I wear glasses and have a horrendous eyesight so in the end it's probably a lot safer to rely on the automated process: manual would just be incredibly unreliable!
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