Looking for zoom lens for my D90.

Started Apr 24, 2012 | Discussions
rubicon Senior Member • Posts: 1,630
Looking for zoom lens for my D90.

I'm in the market for a zoom lens for my D90, I'm most interested in a "moderate" zoom, for walk around, I'm leaning to one of these?
18 70 used,
18 105
16 85.
I sold my 18 200 vr, I will mate this zoom with my 70 300vr.

My main thrust is getting my D700, kit aligned, I just pre-ordered the 28 1.8G lens I'm going to go all primes with my D700 and for daily uses I use my D90, and a couple zooms.
So D90 users? what zooms do you favor most for a walk around kit?

Not interested in the "beast set ups" 17 55 24 70 2.8s, no longer amazed by those pricey lenses.
I'm most interested in keeping price reasonable.

Rubicon:

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Lawrie Silverberg Regular Member • Posts: 273
Re: Looking for zoom lens for my D90.

18-105 is a very good lens outdoors in good light and indoors using bounce flash. Fairly cheap too.
Lawrie

Son Of Waldo Regular Member • Posts: 320
Re: Looking for zoom lens for my D90.

Lawrie Silverberg wrote:

18-105 is a very good lens outdoors in good light and indoors using bounce flash. Fairly cheap too.
Lawrie

I agree, an excellent match for the D90 outdoors! F8 and be there There should be a good selection out there too as they were bundled as kit lenses so look for a deal if possible.

I like your selection of the 28/1.8 too Rubicon, 11+ ounces of fast wide angle for the D700 sure sounds good to me at that price. And you can use it on the D90 too.

Brev00
Brev00 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,754
Re: Looking for zoom lens for my D90.

You might want to consider the Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 os. It is my everyday lens. A good value at @ $450: stabilized, good bokeh, faster than a kit lens, close focusing. It is on my D90 most of the time. Many images in my gallery and in the flickr stream linked below were taken with this lens. Good luck!
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PSCL1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,706
Re: Looking for zoom lens for my D90.

16-85 for the WA end.

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JaronRH Contributing Member • Posts: 529
Re: Looking for zoom lens for my D90.

The 18-105 VR is really a very nice lens. It doesn't excel in anything but it gets the job done (sharp+IQ+VR). Just look out for the distortion on the wide end!

If you're shooting outdoors with good light, the 18-105 is the best IMO with the exception of the 16-85's wide end advantage. If you do more indoors work, I would recommend checking out the Sigma 17-50 OS or Sigma 17-70 OS just for the better low-light performance.

(BTW, I currently use the D90 and have the 18-105VR and Sigma 17-50 OS lenses)

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OP rubicon Senior Member • Posts: 1,630
Re: Looking for zoom lens for my D90.

Thanks; I favor the 16 85 first, and 18 105 second, yes 95% will be outside in available light.

I had not given too much thought to the Sigma 17 70, but it too could be a choice.

I'm only thinking of this as just a hobby, not my profession. I'm more interested in getting the 28 1.8 and 85 1.8, for use on my D700, I look at the D90 as my P&S camera, its for fun, going walking in woods and around town, and out shooting barns and "stuff" the D700 for when I'm in a creative mood.

I have just sold several items to clean out my playroom, its equipment I've had since film days and some digital stuff.

I do photos for our local zoo, and use D200, and 80 200 2.8 and have the D700, and the D90 is to "play with"

I'm tired of carrying a ton of equipment, just to take pictures, my one concern is the plastic mounts Nikon puts on some lenses? not to keen on that but it must work, more and more lenses seem to have them.

Thanks for your input, I think I'm on the right track, just a couple lenses to have fun, and enjoy.I thought these would be the most favored lenses, for my needs.

Rubicon:

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Nikon D90 Nikon D2X Nikon D200 Nikon D700 Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED +6 more
Bruce Edwards Contributing Member • Posts: 539
Re: Looking for zoom lens for my D90.

I also use my 18-105mm and think that for DX, it's just about the perfect range (much more, and IQ suffers too much, much less, and it can be limiting), but I do wish it was faster.

As someone already mentioned, indoor with bounce flash, it's absolutely awesome, or outdoors, with good light.

But I will say it does not have the same "pop" as my 70-300mm VRII, which though slow, creates some great bokeh situations, and awesome IQ. When comparing pics, you can see the difference in the output between the two (much like I assume the 16-85 would be...better image quality than 18-105, ..but still sloooow).

The perfect lens for me personally would be 18-105mm VRII, 2.8 or even f/4 (yeah, I know they have a 24-120 F4, but it gets very mixed reviews)

I am currently waiting on the new Tamron 24-70 2.8 with stabilization, to replace (or use with), my 18-105mm.

As much as I like the 18-105, it has just very good image quality (not great), and it's certainly not fast enough to easily isolate subjects using DOF if you are into taking pics of people (like I am).

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seth73 Forum Member • Posts: 58
one more for the 16-85

i love my 16-85, i swapped my 18-105 kit lens for it. the 16 mm is the perfect 24mm match on the d90 crop sensor, wide enough for me and my holiday shots

greetings

Norbert

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