Im in Singapore, thinking about buying a new lens for my Nikon D60 camera. What do you guys recomend? I need something good for travel. not to big, good zoom, lets in a lot of ligt, wide etc. you guys know what im talking about. so... what should i buy? should i buy it here in singapore? or in Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok?
[ Edit: Edited on 13-Oct-2009, at 02:32 by djlassie ]
Im in Singapore, thinking about buying a new lens for my Nikon D60 camera. What do you guys recomend? I need something good for travel. not to big, good zoom, lets in a lot of ligt, wide etc. you guys know what im talking about.
You're talking about a pretty mythical non-existing lens, as far as I know. Good for travel (e.g. small, lightweight, or covering a lot of range so you need fewer lenses) doesn't go together with letting in lots of light (e.g. all the f/2.8 zooms are pretty heavy, not to mention really expensive).
I'm assuming you got the 18-55 VR with your D60. So you could get a 55-200 VR next to it; it's lightweight and cheap while not being too bad optically (not really good either, but acceptable), but it's f/4-5.6. Or you could get rid off your 18-55 VR and get a 18-200 VR to replace it, which is supposed to be a shade better optically than both the 18-55 VR and the 55-200 VR, and is ultimately convenient with its huge range while not weighing much more than the combination of the two, but is getting on the large side, and has a similar f/3.5-5.6. (This is my personal preferred travel lens, as convenience at reasonable quality outweighs all other considerations for me.)
Or you could go the other way, and get a 17-55 f/2.8 for really good optical performance, but also a really hefty price tag, plus weighing 50% more than the 18-200 while still not giving you significantly more zoom range than you have now.
The 70-300 VR is another possibility; it weighs as much as the 17-55, but is probably the smallest big zoom (iirc not much larger than the 18-200) with decent performance you'll find. Again not very fast (f/4.5-5.6) though, and personally I discovered that I have a shooting style in which a lens like this is not really useful. Or if you shoot a lot of landscapes, you could do worse than getting a 12-24 f/4, which is reasonably lightweight and small, if not as much as one would hope. That's my favorite travel lens after the 18-200 VR, but landscapes really are my thing.
Or outside the ballpark of regular lenses, the 105mm f/2.8 might be interesting, especially if you'd actually be interested in doing macro photography. The fixed focal length is probably cumbersome when you want versatility while travelling, but if you're really making do with only a 18-55 VR at the moment, then it's probably an interesting addition to your kit. As heavy as the 17-55 and 70-300 VR though, and not exactly cheap either, while 105mm might not be long enough for most things for which you'd want to go long.
Oh, one last lens which it never hurts to get is a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4. Cheap, very small and lightweight, and stunningly sharp. I personally never end up using this one a whole lot, but taking it along on my travels is almost always an easy decision anyway, simply for being so forgettably small.
So yeah, sorry, I don't have any really good answers for the perfect lens to get. And I have no idea where you'd best get them. But I hope this all helps anyway.
I second the fast standard lens, though you could use your advantage to look at something wider at around the same aperture. But, of course, this is all very personal and really depends on what you shoot and what feel you're having trouble with against how much you're willing to budget to get round it.
What is your biggest niggle when shooting? Could be something simple like no spare batteries, or it could really be nothing at all. If that's the case and I just wanted to spend some money, then I'd maybe look at the second-hand stuff and get something really sexy.