SUGGEST ME A WORTHY LENS FOR $ 200 TO TAKE PORTFOLIOS AND MODELING. I am using a nikon d3200
closed as not constructive by AJ Finch, John Cavan♦, mattdm, rfusca♦ Jul 18 '12 at 13:52
As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or specific expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, see the FAQ for guidance.
What country are you in? - this may greatly affect advice given in this price range.
You specify a $200 budget.
I'll assume you are in the US - but if elsewhere this answer will be reasonably relevant. http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/widget/Fullscreen.ashx?reviews=26,1&fullscreen=true&av=5,5&fl=50,55&vis=VisualiserSharpnessMTF,VisualiserSharpnessMTF&stack=horizontal&&config=LensReviewConfiguration.xml%3F2
Go to ebay and set search to 'nikon lens'
Here's where we are - viewing Nikon lenses in descending order of prices, tsrating above your range, able to see if new or not.
Working down towards your price range will show you what you may be able to stretch to, how what $200 compares to spending a little more etc.
Regardless of where you actually buy, and regardless of country, this gives you an excellent comparison of open market prices and the range of prices and relative values.
If actually buying on ebay all the usual warnings apply. Look at buyer reputation, number of sales, whether protection and returns available etc.
Best quality per $
The best new lens you can but for <= $200 is the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G prime.
The 50mm becomes ~= 75mm on your D3200 - OKish for portraits.
Over budget, more flexibility, less quality optically.
For $600 for the new version or around $300 on ebay for the older but about as good non IS version you can get a Nikon 24-85mm VR AF-S NIKKOR G, FX & DX . It's f/3.5-4.5 so 2 stops slower that the f/1.8 50mm Prime.
It will NOT be as good as the 50mm Prime BUT wull be much more useful overall.
There is very little information to go on I think you are going to have trouble getting a respectable answer. You can not go far wrong with the 50mm 1.8G Lens. Check it out on Google.