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Old 12-26-2007, 06:45 PM
lukie lukie is offline
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Default lens for Nikon D40 ?

Hello,
who can give me some real good advice about the following. A few weeks ago I bought my first reflex-camera. It has a lens of 18-55 mm. I think it's a good one. But... which one do I need for this camera to shoot in the distance, I mean to zoom from far from the object(s). Can you also compare with optical zoom of a common digital camera, that would make things easier for me.
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:50 PM
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Default Re: lens for Nikon D40 ?

Hi Luc.

If you've got the D40, you need to be careful on which lens you buy as some older lenses won't work fully with that model. If you are intent on shooting wildlife, a good choice would be the 70-300mm VR (vibration reduction) lens. I have this lens and it is extremely good.

However, much depends on what your budget is. A good compromise would be the 80-200mm f2.8 (I have the original 'one-touch' version where the zoom and manual focus are activated using the outer lens barrel).

If you are on a small budget, Nikon has recently introduced a 55-200 VR lens which would be a good pairing with the lens you have - but get the best glass you can afford (that will work with your camera) as this is what makes the biggest difference to your photos.

Go to the pro shop, see what lenses they have that will work fully and buy the best you can.

Paul.
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Old 12-27-2007, 04:54 AM
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Default Re: lens for Nikon D40 ?

Thanks Paul, for your advice.
What is the "pro shop" ? A website ?

Luc.
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:26 AM
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Default Re: lens for Nikon D40 ?

Luc, no what I meant to say is a local professional photographic retailer. The internet is great for the basics but I find there is no substitute for a hands-on approach when I'm not sure what I want or need. Best wishes, Paul.
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:10 PM
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Default Re: lens for Nikon D40 ?

you have to buy AF-S lenses, so the 80-200 won't have autofocus (except the latest models).
55-200 can be a choice, the new 70-300 seems to be better.
(sorry, I don't understand clearly your last sentence about the comparison).

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Old 12-27-2007, 01:27 PM
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Default Re: lens for Nikon D40 ?

Merci aussi Didier, pour tes conseils.
Je voudrais dire (pas toujours facile dans une autre langue...) : par exemple les 55-200 et 70-300 c'est intéressant pour faire un shot d'un bâtiment qui se trouve à 500 m., à 1 km... ? On garde la netteté ?

amitiés,

Luc.
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:44 PM
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Default Re: lens for Nikon D40 ?

bonne question!
Pas sur pour le 55-200, le 70-300 devrait etre mieux, son prédecesseur (non VR) était passablement bon jusque 200 mm.
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:52 PM
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Default Re: lens for Nikon D40 ?

Hi Luc! Maybe what you mean by "compare with optical zoom..." is this:
around 200mm = x6 optical zoom
around 300mm = x9 o.z.
432mm = x12 o.z.
etc.

Was it that? There's a number of websites with reviews on compact cameras which give the equivalence of each model. Look under each camera here:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Canon/

I hope that's been of help.
Good luck!
Inés
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Old 12-28-2007, 02:56 AM
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Yes, Inès, that's what I mean. Thanks a lot, it helps me a to find the right lens.

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