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Stetson LawStetson Law Posts: 489 Deckhand
Hi all. I'm looking to purchase a new body and several new / used lenses and am fishing for opinions.

I currently have a D7000 and D40 along with Nikkor 35 1.8, 18-55, 55-200 and 70-300, Tamron 18-200, and Tokina 12-24.

I am thinking about picking up the following:


Nikkor 10.5 fisheye

Nikkor 18-200 (is the Nikkor superior to my Tamron?)

Anyone ever purchase used lenses from KEH? I am leaning in that direction.



  • 3In2Out3In2Out Posts: 6 Deckhand
    KEH is good. Actually just got a thumb rest for my Fuji from them.

    You have a lot of focal length overlap with your current lenses.

    Fisheyes are a very specific look, so you need to determine if you'll use it enough for it to be worth having.

    Id stick with a variation of a wide angle (like your Tokina 12-24), a fast normal lens (your 35mm 1.8G), and a zoom...whichever of the 55-200, 70-300, 18-200 Tamron or 18-200 Nikon that is the sharpest/fastest.

    If you really like having the extra 100mm of length the 70-300 provides, then I would go with something like this:

    Tokina 12-24 (wide angle use)
    Nikon 35 1.8 (fast normal lens)
    Nikon 18-140 (good walk around all in one zoom)
    Nikon 70-300 (decent if you want the 300m length)

    That trims down your gear to carry, but covers you from 12mm-300mm and gives you a fast lens for low light with the 35mm. Nikon makes a 12-24 also, but it all depends on how much money you want to spend, etc. Generally Nikon gear will be sharper/render colors better than 3rd party lenses, but many Tamrons and such can hold their own quite well.

    Buying a flash like the sb-700 would open up a whole other world off possibilities too.
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,397 Captain
    +1 on KEH positivity.
  • FlashFlash Posts: 12,664 AG
    Cameta Auctions on EBay.
    Are you looking to part with the D7000??

    Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked. --- Lord Chesterfield
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    I have done a truck load of business with keh over the years...
    I always buy E+ equipment....
    never had a bad lens and the stuff looks like new...

    I would never buy a zoom like a much zoom factor....
    you can't get a piece of glass like that and expect it to be good all through its range...
    I don't exceed 4:1 for zoom factor, especially on long glass...

    if I were you I'd get a zoom in the 100-400 range....
    tamron has come out with a 150-600 with IS and cost just a hair over a 1K...
    all the write ups I've read said it's a pretty good piece of glass...
    you'd be surprised how often you use it...especially on wildlife shoots...

    The Real White Dog

    if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
    #12976, joined 8-17-2002
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,412 AG
    You have lots of good feedback on KEH. All I can add is: they are easy to do business with. The intentionally under-rate the condition of their merchandise and you will be happy doing business with them.

    As for the D7200. >>>>>> best deals I have found

    One last thought. Knowing something about what you like to shoot you should consider the newly announced Nikkor 200-500mm constant aperture. It will ship in Mid-September.

    As for the fisheye. A very fun lens for a specific purpose, but you knew that. I like it and it is tack sharp, Ouch!
  • Stetson LawStetson Law Posts: 489 Deckhand
    I ended up ordering the D7200 and 18-140 today. Next up will be the Nikkor 10.5 fisheye. Thanks for all the comments.
  • GTSRGTSR Posts: 750 Officer
    Love me some KEH....
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