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

Started Jun 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
mosswings Veteran Member • Posts: 8,696
Re: Going to be getting a D7100 need help with first lens choice?

Smiller4128 wrote:

nfpotter wrote:

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.

Yes I forgot to add that my other options would be buying used which I have no problems with either. I'll see what prices I can find for the 16-85mm first as I would prefer to have that lens if I could, but thank you for the info on the 18-105mm thats very reassuring as well

The 16-85 is typically found used in the mid-to-high $400s.  The 18-105 new is around $350-400. The 18-105 is much more readily found, because it is a kit lens and many simply buy the kits and resell the lens in the (mistaken) belief that they can get better lenses for not much more.  What they find is that you have to nearly double the cost of the 18-105 before you get significantly better performance. This is why the recent 16-85 rebate deal was so attractive.

I have shot with the 18-105 for 5 years now, throughout the world, and haven't babied it.  It's performed very well.  I wouldn't worry that much about its plastic mount.

If you want to start out with the very best general purpose glass, that is not found with a Nikon nameplate.  After the kit lens, many folks realize the IQ and other advantages of a fast midrange zoom - which the 16-85 decidedly isn't.  Nikon's offering is extremely big and heavy and expensive - the 17-55 f2.8.  The 3rd party lens manufacturers have had a field day offering high quality modest cost step-up DX lenses that Nikon has seemed to ignore for the last 10 years.  Some of the most popular are the Sigma 17-50 f2.8, the Tamron 17-50 f2.8, and the new Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.0 "C". This last lens is only $500 and is a stop faster than the 16-85, while covering most of its range. Until Nikon comes out with the rumored f4 upgrade to the 16-85 (at about $1000, I would guess), the Sigma may be the more logical stepup lens than any Nikon zoom.

Since you've got a D7100 with AF fine tuning, 3rd party lenses are no longer the calibration worries that they once were. You can tweak them yourself.  It's always good to have at least one Nikon lens, though - and the 18-105 is probably the best bang/buck you can buy.

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Olympus XZ-1 Olympus Stylus 1 Nikon D90 Nikon D7100 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR +5 more
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