Is 18-55mm good enough or should I get 18-105 or another 55-105mm??

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kkn006
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Is 18-55mm good enough or should I get 18-105 or another 55-105mm??
Mar 14, 2011

Hello All,

I'm going on cruise next week and bought a DLSR Nikon D3100 (my first DSLR :)) on my friend's recommendation.

I bought a kit on amazon, D3100 with 18-55mm lens.

I'm mostly interested in taking potrait and landscape pictures on my cruise, like I want to cover the beautiful sea, sunset, ship etc.. Is this the right lens for me? Or do I have to sell it off and get another lens?

Now comes my second question, If I have to buy another lens (telescopic), do you recommend getting 18-105mm (or 18-120mm) - one single lens vs buy 55-105/120mm (as I already have 18-55mm)? What's pros and cons of having two vs one lens to cover 18 to 105mm focal length?

PS: I'm going on cruise next week so I need to decide soon and purchase lens, if I have to. So please help.

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Re: Is 18-55mm good enough or should I get 18-105 or another 55-105mm??
In reply to kkn006, Mar 14, 2011

kkn006 wrote:

Hello All,

I'm going on cruise next week and bought a DLSR Nikon D3100 (my first DSLR :)) on my friend's recommendation.

I bought a kit on amazon, D3100 with 18-55mm lens.

I'm mostly interested in taking potrait and landscape pictures on my cruise, like I want to cover the beautiful sea, sunset, ship etc.. Is this the right lens for me? Or do I have to sell it off and get another lens?

Now comes my second question, If I have to buy another lens (telescopic), do you recommend getting 18-105mm (or 18-120mm) - one single lens vs buy 55-105/120mm (as I already have 18-55mm)? What's pros and cons of having two vs one lens to cover 18 to 105mm focal length?

PS: I'm going on cruise next week so I need to decide soon and purchase lens, if I have to. So please help.

It's a very good camera and a decent lens.

The advantage of the 18-105 over the 18-55 is it allows you to "zoom in" more without moving your feet.

Either one will do a find job at landscape type shots, since those tend to be done at the wide end (closer to 18mm than 55mm).

If you will also be doing some low light shots, I suggest you add the Nikon 35mm f1.8g as your special "higher quality" and "low light" lens.

The advantage of a SLR are three:

1. The larger sensor allows you to get better images in most situations since will generate less noise (grain in the photos)
2. You get better more detailed controls.
3. You can change lenses to one more suited to a particular task.

For example:

Many people really love the results of a dedicated wide angle lens for landscapes. The Nikon 10-24 is one example of a very nice lens in this area.

For portraits on a d3100, The Sigma 50mm f1.4 produces just amaziingly nice photos. Just beautiful rendering of the out of focus areas (refered to as Bokeh).

Among the types of photography I enjoy is macro (closeup) photography. I get much better results and higher magnification with a dedicated macro lens like my Tamron 90mm f2.8 than I would with some general purpose lens.

No you do not need a special lens for every occasion. But, once you single out the areas whcih interest you the most having a special purpose lens for those few selected areas of interest will help you get the results you want.
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In reply to Bjorn_L, Mar 14, 2011

Thanks for information.

Does it mean I'm fine with 18-55mm lens that I have for my cruise trip?

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kkn006 wrote:

Does it mean I'm fine with 18-55mm lens that I have for my cruise trip?

Yes.

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kkn006 wrote:

Thanks for information.

Does it mean I'm fine with 18-55mm lens that I have for my cruise trip?

I would think so. The exception would be low-light (evening/nighttime and similar) for which I would suggest adding the 35mm f1.8g
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Re: Is 18-55mm good enough or should I get 18-105 or another 55-105mm??
In reply to kkn006, Mar 15, 2011

I would say keep the lens for the cruise trip next week There's too much to learn about lenses to be able to make an informed decision this quickly.

However, based on the test performance of the lens on this site, I would suggest following a couple of simple rules to avoid its weaknesses when shooting:

For the sharpest pictures of those tropical islands, keep the aperture setting between f5 and f11. Lean towards f5 when you want to have a little bit of blur in the background while your subject is sharp and use f11 when you want both near and far objects to look sharp. Never go higher than f16 on this camera no matter what you read unless you want the whole picture to be less sharp and contrasty.

So I'd suggest Aperture preferred mode for general shooting. You decide the aperture and the camera picks a suitable shutter speed to go with it. Keep the ISO low (around 100) during the day and you should be able to let it go to 1600 without too big a penalty in noise for low light situations.

Have a great trip and if you wish to learn more about the lens you have - as well as others, look here:
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/nikon_18-55_3p5-5p6_vr_n15/page4.asp

Page 3 has the widget showing how performance is affected by aperture and zoom setting. (best overall performance is at 35mm and f8 by the way)
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/nikon_18-55_3p5-5p6_vr_n15/page3.asp

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In reply to kkn006, Mar 15, 2011

You should keep the 18-55, and perhaps consider getting a telephoto lens to go along with it.

You should have purchased the D3100 two-lens kit as you would have saved yourself $100 off of the price of either the 55-200VR (OK), the 55-300VR (better), or $200 off of the 70-300VR (best).

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