View Full Version : Nikon D50 - which lens to get?

02-22-2007, 5:26 PM
I recently purchased a Nikon D50 and was wondering which lens would be best to allow me to take "decent" photos of my tanks and inhabitants but also allow me the flexiblity to shoot everyday events? Any help here would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Mike

02-22-2007, 5:33 PM

I use an old nikkor 28-105mm, it has a servicable macro function and does all right in fish tanks. Both the R. Gramm and Clown photos (other threads here) were taken using that lens.



btw, if you can swing 2 lenses, try the 18-70mm as a walk around and a sigma 70mm f2.8 macro for your tank.

02-22-2007, 5:34 PM
Hey Mike,

Here's a link of some pics I took with the stock 28mm-80mm lens.

I think they came out well.

Did you just buy the body?

I wouldn't tell you to buy this lens though, but coming with the camera, it works great and will tide me over for awhile.

I think a nice zoom lens would be great. My friend has a Quantaray 18-200mm that he loves. Great all around lens. Costs about $360 though.

Did you get my last PM BTW?


02-22-2007, 5:55 PM
Thanks for the quick info!

I did get the "kit" that included the 28 - 80 lens however I haven't had very good success taking pic of the tank with it. It is still new to me so my results, or lack thererof, are probably due to "operator error". I'm thinking a lens that offers a macro function is probably the way for me to go but not sure which to get.

Matt, if I could get my pics to come anywhere close to those, I'd be more than happy!

Mitch, I did get you PM and that works for me! I was looking at a Quantaray lense that Ritz has on sale but the reviews I read weren't very "glowing". Maybe I'll have to give them another look.

02-22-2007, 6:07 PM

buy from or both are great, just make sure, if you buy from, that you get the USA version, if you're interested in the warranty.

I generally compare prices at both sites before buying as sometimes one will have a deal...



family reefer
02-22-2007, 9:46 PM
I have the D50 with the original lens as well. Here are a fed shots I have taken of the tanks. I have found the best results with this lens is to turn the camera AND lens to manual and then focus yourself. Hope this helps, Scott

02-22-2007, 10:16 PM
get the 60 fixed. its a great fast simple lens.