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1. Posted by lucky13 (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

Hey, I'm heading to New York in about a months time and I was wondering if anyone could help me with some camera questions i have. I love taking pictures but am not too sure about cameras. I got a SRL for christmas (Nikon F55) and the lens i got with that was 28-100mm.
I'm planning to buy another lens before I go but I want to get another len before i go. Since I will be in New York I imagine most of my pictures will be of the landscape. I'm unsure of the numbers associated with lenses so maybe you could tell me which lens i should get.


2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hi Natalia,

The lower numbers (like the 28 part) are "wide angle" compared to the larger numbers (like to 100 part) which are more telephoto.

The lower the number, the more you will be able to get in your picture. The higher the number, the more like a telephoto (or telescope effect) it will be. For example, with 300 you could be far away and still take a close picture of something. With 24 you could get lots in your picture, even if you were close to what you were taking the picture of.
I never heard of the 28-100 lens, what kind (name brand) is it? 28-100 will actually be pretty could for what you say you want to do (landscape, etc.).

One of my favorite lens is a Tamron (24-135), the 24 part is great for landscapes (but since you already have the 28-100 it may not be that much different).

Hope this helped a little. If you want any more Info. I'd be glad to help, just post here or PM me.

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

If you wanted to be able to do lots with just 1 lens (kind of nice to not have to carry much around or change lens, etc.). Tamrom also has a good (28-300), so you can do wide shots and close up shots all with the same lens.

By the way, when you buy a lens, you just make sure you get the one that fits on Nikon (they'll make the same lens for Canon, etc.).

4. Posted by lucky13 (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

The lens i have is a Nikon.
I haven't used it much yet but the zoom isn't the best on it. I may need the 28-300mm lens you spoke about but since it has such a good range i'm guessing it won't be cheap.

Any tips you could give me would be very helpful.

Thanks again.

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Just checked on B&H website (its one of the cheapest, reliable places to buy in NYC, I use them through mailorder).

Their website is

"Tamron Price : $ 299.95

Mail-In Rebate: $ 30.00
Price After Rebate: $ 269.95
Shipping Cost

Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Ultra Zoom XR LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D"

Don't know how much you were hoping to spend but for this lens (doing such a large range and taking very good quality pictures), it's not a bad price at all.

By the way, the lens is also very small and very light (it only weighs 420/grams (or 15/ounces).

If you can afford this lens, I think you'd like it because you could take all kninds of pictures with just 1 small, light lens.

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Also when it's closed up on your Nikon it is only (Length 3.3" (84mm)).

7. Posted by meerola (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

I have the Tamron 28-300 lens which Travel100 mentions (mine's an older model but pretty much the same lens) and I can very well recommend it! It's quite small for a 300 lens and the quality is good especially considering the price. I use it with my Nikon F70 and even though I also have a Nikon 35-70 lens which I got with the body, I hardly ever use that at all.

I personally think that for tourism it's good to have one lens that fits most needs, that way you don't need a large, heavy bag to carry around, plus changing lenses is always a hassle.

Apart from B&H Photo, Adorama Camera ( is also very good.