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Very excited about new lens!

This is a discussion on Very excited about new lens! within the Technical Photography Discussion forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by mohi Congrats Shann!... Both lenses are great!... Especially the pro 80-200!... I've ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mohi View Post
    Congrats Shann!... Both lenses are great!... Especially the pro 80-200!... I've heard those 18-55's are among the best 18-55's in the world and have much more image quality than canon or sony 18-55's... But if you want to replace it with a 17-55, I recommend you to take a look at slrgear.com or kenrockwell.com and check it's optical properties... If you want a good low light/Wide angle lens, maybe the excellent Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 with an all metal body and EXTREAMLY low distortion would be a better choice... Good luck and another pre-Congrats!...
    I have heard about the Tokina 11-16 and after reading up on it quite a bit it is now on my "wanted" list but seems to be out of stock and most of the places I usually shop at. I did read that because they are cranking these Tokinas out, being on high demand, there are some quality control issues. I am crossing my fingers if I get one I don't get a dud.

    I don't always agree much with ken rockwell and lately take his reviews with a grain of salt...I read up a lot on a product before I commit to it and try to get as much information from as many places as possible. I do eventually want to replace the 18-55 because it doesn't have a fixed aperture which is my preference. The 18-55 performs really poorly in low light. The 17-55mm is one I want for low light as is the 85mm 1.4 (amazing). I also was looking into the new 35mm 1.8 as opposed to my current 50mm 1.8. On my camera the 50mm works like a 75mm but the 35mm would perform more like a true 50mm. Of course it is out of stock also at the store I shop at...lol. Seeing the price is only around 200 bucks I want to get that as soon as its available.

    I have been enjoying my 80-200 though it fogs up really easy in this summer heat and rain (can't wait for fall and winter). Once I get a heavier tripod I am sure I can make better use of it..its just too heavy to hold and take pics with. I must say my Tamron 90mm spends the majority of the time on my camera...it takes the sharpest pics and being a macro lens I can really get the detail I want out of the shot.

    As you can see I have a lot of items on my want list...and it doen't end with lenses...I want teleconverters, new tripod...lol

    Thanks!

    Shann~

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    every photographer has a never ending wish list!... I have a 50mm f/1.4G plus a sigma 150mm EX f/2.8 macro in my list but currently no $ as I'm planning to buy a mini-greenhouse...
    The 35mm f/1.8 is a well priced/hi quality lens but its not THAT handy in portrait work... IMHO these 75mm equivalent lenses are much better... you don't need to get close to your subjects to cover the frame...
    I hope you get all the things you've listed in your wish list... and pray for me so I can too!...

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    Wow! That would be very helpful in making us see your beautiful shots..Can't wait to see it!!

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    Okay, I just got notification today that the 35mm was finally available at the store I wanted to buy it from. I ordered it and also saw the Tokina was in stock too. Couldn't afford to get the Tokina right now, which stinks, because it is hardly ever in stock at this store, and their price is about 100 bucks less than most of the other retailers I have looked at. Ah well...some other time.

    I am excited about the 35mm though...recently I was at a wedding using the 50mm. I found myself constantly tripping over stuff to walk backwards and get more people in the shot. With the 35mm I won't need to do that so much and it's still a f/1.8 like the 50mm. I am very excited and can't wait till it gets here. I will still keep the 50mm around...especially if I ever upgrade to a non-dx camera as the 35mm will only work on a DX sensor.

    Shann~

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    I'm really excited for you too Shann, with your passion for photography and your great artistic and technical skill, I can't imagine what the pics will look like with these new features. We'll be just asking for more. Lol

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    If the new 80-200 is anything like the old 80-200 f 2.8 then it should be a cracker of a lens.

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    I know nothing about photography, but judging from how excited you are im really happy
    for you. And it seems you made a good decision to buy those lenses.... anyways post
    photos taken with those new lenses when they arrived.

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    Default Favourite lens for majority of my photos

    Shanna, I share your excitement over getting a new lens. The 80-200 f2.8 is definitely on my wish-list, so is a new Nikon body. A the moment I have a cheap AFNikkor 75-240 f4.5-5.6D lens, Nikkor 50mm 1.4 manual focus lens retained from my days with the Nikon F3HP, a manual 90mm f2.3 Tamron macro lens, a 24mm f2.8 Sigma. I've parted with most of my ma.

    nual Nikkor lenses but could never make myself part with the 50mm 1.4.

    However, now 90% of my photos are taken with the 18-70mm, f3.5-4.5G lens that came as a kit lens with my dinosaur D70. It is a top-notch lens and stays almost permanently on the D70. When camera club members ask me why I just reply ' To prevent dust getting onto the sensor ' without having to admit I can't afford another lens. Moreover getting more orchids and extending the lathe house which is getting rather crowded.

    I'm posting some photos taken with the 18-70mm lens showing the type of photos I normally take.
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    Default Favourite lens for the majority of my photos

    Here are more photos.
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    Yew, you are very talented with the camera as well. Great photography!

    Cheers,
    BD

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