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So Im getting my D3100 soon, and it comes with
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm VR Lens Kit
Ill be honest, I have no clue what what is, or what it means. What other lens is a must have for someone with an entry level SLR

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I shoot with a canon too. If you want to spend the coin, a Nikon 17-55 F2.8 will help give you great low light work with the standard zoom. Also try the 70-200. The D3100 is a crop sensor so a 24-70 won't give you much wide angle.

Here are some recs.

Ultra Wide angle:
Tokina 11-16
Sigma 10-20
Nikon 10-24

Regular zoom with crop wide angle: (upgrade from 18-55 kit lens.)
Nikon 18-135
Nikon 16-85
Nikon 17-55 F2.8

zoom lens:
Nikon 55-200
Nikon 55-300
Nikon 70-200

If you are stuck with 2 lenses, spend as much as you are willing on those and upgrade the body eventually if that's what you want.

I personally run a Canon 17-55 2.8IS and a Canon 70-200 F2.8. Only other lenses I would look at are a 10-20 (ultra wide), 24-105 or 24-70 to give more regular zoom because I shoot track photography.

Hope it helps.
 

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Thanks guys
I used to have a Nikon but I moved to Sony now. I second the 70-200 and the 24-70 is nice as well. Another good one is the 50mm 1.8(I think?) I just love it for the bokeh
Can I ask why you moved to Sony? I was also looking at the a55, apparently its not a real dslr
 

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For my d300s I've got the 17-55 f2.8 which is a great all-around lens, a 70-200 f2.8vr and a 35mm f1.8. I also just recently grabbed a 10-20 Sigma F3.5, but haven't shot much with that one yet.
 

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I shoot with an 18-200Nikkor VR, 10.2 Fisheye, and a 50mm Nikkor, picking up a 35mm soon...

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i recently bought a Tamron 17-50 F2.8 for my sony and love it, especially for the price (about 500)

now looking in to the 70-200 f2.8
 

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i recently bought a Tamron 17-50 F2.8 for my sony and love it, especially for the price (about 500)

now looking in to the 70-200 f2.8
This is exactly my case. I bought my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 two years ago and LOVE it. It's my go to lens. It's comparable to lenses that cost 3x as much from Nikon. It's just as sharp, constant 2.8, and lightweight/compact. I honestly think this is a must. ($500)

I also have the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 for wide shots, but I don't use it as often as I thought I would. If you do lost of interiors or car shots, this may be good for you. It's a good bargain, since it's comparable to lenses from Nikon that cost more the 3x as well. ($600)

Lastly, I'm on a quest to find a good telezoom lens. I'm specifically looking for a 70-200 f/2.8 Nikon. This will be my most expensive lens. I've had a 55-200 VR Nikon lens and thought it was great, especially for out door/bright shots. I am now shooting action shots in low light and would like a nice bokeh, so I'm looking to move to the 2.8 lens. ($1100-2200)

If you were looking at a tighter budget, I'd stick with your kit lens (18-55 VR) and add a 35mm f/1.8G Nikon ($180) or a 50 f/1.8D Nikon ($120) for a fast prime lens. If you need a longer zoom, you can add a 55-200 VR Nikon ($190).

Good luck!

BTW: I shoot Nikon and have used the following lenses:

- Nikon 18-70 DX
- Nikon 18-55 DX
- Nikon 55-200 VR
- Nikon 50 f/1.8D
- Nikon 35 f/1.8G
- Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
- Tokina 12-24 f/4
- Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
 

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First off, what do you intend on shooting?
Don't buy any other lenses yet. Shoot with
your kit lens for a month maybe and than
ask yourself if you want to go wider, longer,
a faster lens, an all in one lens, etc...
 

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I would go with

Nikon 10.5mm fisheye
Works as a fisheye but you can turn it into a wide angle in Photoshop and then crop it to make it a normal lens.

Tokina 16-50mm F2.8

Nikon 70-200mm VR
 

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i shoot nikon, used to have a 18-200 VR and it was great!, sold it for tamron 28-75 2.8 and ill be buying a tokina 11-162.8 in a couple weeks, and by spring ill have a 70-200 VR2, ive rented it several times and its an amazing lens.
 

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I only use Canon...70-200 2.8 and a 24-70 2.8 are 2 crisp ones that are very useable for rookies.
I would agree with this on a full frame body but on a crop I would want something to fill the wide end of the spectrum too. I love my 70-200 2.8IS and my 17-50 2.8.
 
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