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01-11-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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Rookie w/k-x 18-55mm . . . Next Lens ?

I just now (10min ago) bought the k-x w/18-55 lens kit.
What would a relative rookie/snapshooter add to the 18-55 for general purpose versatility?
I'm coming from an old and beloved Nikon Coolpix 990 that is, sadly, deteriorating.

I trip around a bit travelling, but also would like some macro-ability for jewelry, flora and insects.

Any other suggestions would be cool too.
Outside the body and the lens, I also will receive the following:

USB Cable I-USB7
Strap O-ST53
Eyecup FQ
Hot Shoe Cover FK
Body Mount Cover
Software (CD-Rom) S-SW99
4 AA Lithium batteries
Thanks for your help . . .

01-11-2010, 08:39 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new camera! If you feel you the lens you have isn't long enough at the 55mm end, the obvious next place to go is a telephoto zoom - either the 50-200 or 55-300. if it's not too late, you can get a *great* deal on the latter by buying it together with the camera. Otherwise, it's at least $100 more. But still, those are the two obvious choices. Your 18-55 will probably be fine for jewely shots as it (it can fill the frame with objects 3 inches across), but to get more macro ability, a Raynox 150 will allow any telephoto lens to function as a macro lens.
01-11-2010, 10:01 PM   #3
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If you like macro, look at the Tamron 70-300 Macro.

That'll take care of any telephoto stuff as well. It's a fine lens. However, don't pay more than $150 for it. You can sometimes find it badged as a Quantaray as well.

Almost all of THESE pictures were taken with the Quantaray version.
01-11-2010, 10:05 PM   #4
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I'd go with the DA 55-300 like I did. It's a marvelous piece of engineering for how much it costs. Many people here would agree, it could have cost a lot more money. As far as macro goes, you can go with Rayonex 150 or 250 with the DA 55-300. Feels good to have both ends covered from 18-300 with both lenses.


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I echo Marc's suggestion.
K-x + 18-55 + 55-300 deal hands down - best deal on any entry-level dSLR to date!
You'll have the focal range you need to capture just about anything you want, and from there you'll know where your next lens purchase will be (probably not soon after given the good quality of these two lenses).

All the best with that.
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I would not go with anything yet unless you can add the 55-300mm for a low price / as part of the deal (as suggested above). First use the 18-55mm and after a while you will find what you're missing. This might be at the tele side but it might just as well be at the wide side. Or maybe you find that you need a faster lens for low light conditions or a decent flash.

But I would first start shooting to get some experience with the current lens.
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Wow . . . y'all offer some really thoughtful replies.


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