D5100 Lens Question

Started Oct 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
blue_cheese Senior Member • Posts: 1,850
If I had to do it again I would get...

I got a D3100 with 18-55 and 55-300 as a kit... Since then I have obtained and used an 50mm 1.8 AIS (hand me down - kept), Nikkor 17-50 F2.8 (rented for a week vacation), Nikkor 35mm 1.8 AF-S (bought - returned as i was unimpressed), Nikkor 105 F2.5 AIS (bought used - kept)

If I had to re-do the inital purchase decision now that I know better (and no wishful thinking) I would get the following lenses (realistically.. not some wishlist/imaginary rich uncle paying for it)

Sigma 17-50 F2.8 HSM OS, Nikkor 70-300, and Nikkor 50mm F1.8 AF-S.

My take on the 18-55 is that it is not an exceptional lens in any way other than its mediocrity. It is my least favorite as it focuses slow, isnt particularly fast. Other than a convenient zoom range it has not much going for it. I would say get the Sigma to get a better lens over the same range.

The 55-300 is a great lens, I wish it focused faster hence I would get the 70-300. I like the 50 over the 35, in addition the 35mm missed focus too often and had god awful purple fringing wide open.

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