Going to be getting a D7100 need help with first lens choice?

Started Jun 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
nfpotter Veteran Member • Posts: 4,080
Re: Going to be getting a D7100 need help with first lens choice?

Smiller4128 wrote:

Well I've decided to go ahead and pull the trigger on getting a Nikon D7100. My Canon T4i is great but I'm looking for something with more controls, a bigger viewfinder, more MP as I tend to crop images quite a bit. Anyways, I need help with the first lens that I'm going to get for it. Here are my choices:

-18-105mm kit lens. Seems decent however a plastic mount worries me. With D7100, comes out to $1500.

-Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S. Buying with the D7100, there's a special that knocks off $100 and brings everything to $1700

-Nikon 16-85MM. The lens I prefer cause of the wide angle at 16mm. No specials on it with the D7100 unfortunately. Brings the total with the D7100 Body to $1800.

-Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens. Buying with the D7100 brings it down $250. Total with body is $1800.

I'm just trying to find the best starting lens I can at the moment. if the 18-105mm lens is plenty good to start and is fine with being a plastic mount. Then I'll just opt for that. However, if any of these other lenses are a better option, I may as well save the $300 on the 18-105mm and put it towards one of these other lenses. Just looking for some advice. Thanks guys!

The plastic mount is fine, as long as you're not super rough with your gear.  Just avoid picking the camera up by the lens, lift from the body.

My choice would be the 16-85, but not at that price.  If I got one, I would get one used.

I think that overall, if I were in your situation, I would buy the 18-105 combo kit.  Then, if you need a tele, find a used 70-300 VR.  Or if you need a bit better low light performance, get a used fast prime, light the 35 G or 50 G.

OR, just buy the body, and buy all your lenses used.  Every one of my 14 or so lenses was bought used, except the 18-105 which came with my D7000.  I have had no problems at all.

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