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18-55mm lens or 18-135 mm lens
Hello everyone,.

Can someone direct me or explain to me what these different lenses are used commonly to shoot? And if I am looking to purchase a Nikon D40, which lenses I should opt for. I want to be able to shoot wide shot as well as close up macro stuff ( wording?).

Thanks!Mrez..

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Well, to put it in P&S terms the 18-55 is a 3:1 zoom and the 18-135 is a 7.5:1 zoom. Both have the same wide angle, but the 135mm will let you zoom in much tighter than the 55mm lens will. If price were no object, pick the 18-135. Also in the same price range you have offerings from Pentax, Sony, Canon and Olympus as well as the Nikon D60. All of these are 10MP cameras as opposed to the 6MP in the D40. Try them all out before you plop down your money...

Comment #1

Thanks for the advise, I was actually looking at the Nikon D40 and the Sony Alpha A200k because they had the best optics reviews. My thinking is that all these camera's now have basically the same features as standard so one of the only real comparison points left would be optics (lens). I dont need alot of crazy gadgetry or in camera effects and actually if there is a camera with great optics that has 1 lens that can do both, that would be ideal. I just need to be able to shoot in a wide range of lighting and distances. being a beginner I actually dont even know if my requirements will be hard to meet?.

ThanksMrez..

Comment #2

OK, first of all, I own the Sony A200 and it is a great camera. It comes as a kit with an 18-70 zoom for under $500. It has in-body image stabilization. That means any lens you put on it will be stabilized. All the old Minolta Alpha mount lenses from their 35mm cameras dating back to 1985 plaus a bunch of 3rd party lenses will auto expose, auto focus and stabilize on that body. You can pick up a lot of used lenses that are pretty good for little money..

Here are some examples:.

Http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/index.asp.

With the Nikon, the stabilization is built in the lens, so only the VR lenses will be stabilized. On the Nikon D40-D60, the older lenses will mount but because of the design they will not auto focus. If you move up to the D80, you can make full use of the older lenses...

Comment #3

Both are general use lenses aimed at beginners, sometimes refered to as "walkaround" lenses, since they cover the most useful ranges for general photography. The 18-135 has the advantage that it covers a broader range than the 18-55, so you are less likely to have to swap lenses, or it simply is enough to satisfy a casual photographer. It is considered a good consumer-level lens. The D40 comes with the 18-55 non-VR (non-stablized) - again, a fairly solid consumer lens all things considered. There are a variety of lenses to upgrade it with: 18-135, 16-85VR, 18-55VR, 18-70, 18-200VR, an alleged new 18-105VR (essentially the 18-135's replacement) plus more expensive options..

Macro lenses (often with all sorts of descriptive names that don't include "macro") are usually dedicated lenses. I've heard that the 18-135 is decent at it, but simply put, if you really want to get into macro photography, you're best off getting a dedicated macro lens...

Comment #4

How does an 18-135mm lens compare to a 18-70mm lens in terms of zoom?..

Comment #5

Mrez wrote:.

How does an 18-135mm lens compare to a 18-70mm lens in terms of zoom?.

It has a wider range and a longer zoom. It will get you closer than the 18-70, but at a cost. What do you plan to spend?.

If you are just starting, buy a DSLR with the kit zoom, learn to use the camera and then determine what you need in lenses. The kit lens will cover the majority of your everyday needs...

Comment #6

Mrez wrote:.

How does an 18-135mm lens compare to a 18-70mm lens in terms of zoom?.

Simply divide the larger number by the smaller number to get the zoom ratio. 3.8x.

Both of these lenses are a step up from the 18-55 lenses. 18-70 is built a hair better and the 18-135 has a longer tele..

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Broadsword wrote:.

Both are general use lenses aimed at beginners, sometimes refered toas "walkaround" lenses, since they cover the most useful ranges forgeneral photography. The 18-135 has the advantage that it covers abroader range than the 18-55, so you are less likely to have to swaplenses, or it simply is enough to satisfy a casual photographer. Itis considered a good consumer-level lens. The D40 comes with the18-55 non-VR (non-stablized) - again, a fairly solid consumer lensall things considered. There are a variety of lenses to upgrade itwith: 18-135, 16-85VR, 18-55VR, 18-70, 18-200VR, an alleged new18-105VR (essentially the 18-135's replacement) plus more expensiveoptions..

Macro lenses (often with all sorts of descriptive names that don'tinclude "macro") are usually dedicated lenses. I've heard that the18-135 is decent at it, but simply put, if you really want to getinto macro photography, you're best off getting a dedicated macrolens..

The above comments pretty well address the OP's questions. I just wanted to add that if you are not sure of what you want to shoot - the 18-135 is a more flexible range and would give you more opportunities to explore your choices. The d40 and 18-135 would be a great start to beginning dslr photography. Good luck!..

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