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.
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.
Are you looking to part with the D7000??
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I always buy E+ equipment....
never had a bad lens and the stuff looks like new...
I would never buy a zoom like a 18-200...to 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...
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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!