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Help with lens lineup :)
« on: September 22, 2008, 05:40:47 PM »
Hey guys, hope you could give suggestions on my query :)

I love to shoot portraits, as well as landscapes. Now, I'm deciding to save up for top-quality nikkor lenses. I'm thinking of getting a lens for portraiture, and another lens for landscape photography. I'm still deciding if I'd get a portrait lens first then get a lens suitable for landscapes in the future, or vice versa.

My current gear: Nikon D80, 18-135mm kit, 55-200VR

So far, my lens choices are:

1. nikkor 80-200mm/2.8 [the 2-ring version]: I think this is good enough for me for a portrait lens, and it's price is quite within reach. The nikkor 70-200vr is nice too, but i think it's price makes me think otherwise. I think I could also use this lens (80-200) for street photography, because of its reach and speed. But it might be a bit heavy :)

2. nikkor 85mm/1.8: It's great for portraits, and the price is definitely within reach. I just think though that the 80-200 is more flexible.

3. nikkor 17-55mm/2.8: Is this lens good enough for landscapes? I get good landscape shots with my 18-135 kit at 18mm, so I'm guessing that the 17-55 would do well too for landscapes. What I like with this lens is that I could also shoot decent portraits with it because of the 50-55mm focal length. The only thing with this lens is that it's too pricey for me haha

4. sigma 18-50mm/2.8 Macro: I consider this as a good alternative for the nikkor 17-55. Reviews say that the IQ is good, the macro feature is a plus, and the good after sales of sigma is worth it. I was thinking of getting this lens first, but Sir Jo Avila insists that I'd be better off with the nikkor :P

Of course, given the money, I'd like the nikkor 17-55 and 80-200 combo. I think nothing beats that. Kaso mahal :) Being realistic, I think the sigma 18-50 + nikkor 85mm/1.8 combo would be nice considering the resources I have.

Another option for me is to save up for the nikkor 80-200, then get the sigma 18-50mm afterwards once i have the resources.

Another option is saving up for the nikkor 17-55, then get the 85mm/1.8 for portraits.

So there guys, hope you all can enlighten me :) selling my current lenses is also an option to provide funds for the new lens/es.

Thanks!

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Help with lens lineup :)
« on: September 22, 2008, 05:40:47 PM »

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Re: Help with lens lineup :)
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2008, 05:58:49 PM »
Me too! I love Portraits and Landscapes.
But i love portrait more since i do not travel a lot, i only go to parties and things like that.

So what i did first is, i bought the Sigma 24-70 f2.8  ;D
Great for portrait for me.

Here's my newbie opinion,
Since i have this, i'm either getting the 50mm f.18 (for protraits only)
or
i'm getting the tokina 12-24 f/4 (para walang over lap sa lens)

and afterwards, the 70-200

if i have the 12-24, 24-70 (i currently own), 70-200 f2.8
then i have no overlapping issues.

i'd bring the 50mm f1.8 in times where i don't need to bring my entire gear  ;)

that's from a newbie's point of view haha
let's wait for the pros  ;D
« Last Edit: September 22, 2008, 06:01:05 PM by yurax »

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Re: Help with lens lineup :)
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2008, 06:10:12 PM »
for landscape...... try the tokina 11-16mm f2.8
sa Portrait ......... any telephoto. The thinner the depth of field mas maganda.

For portrait pede rin yung prime 50mm f1.4.  At f1.4 manipis ang depth of field.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2008, 06:13:56 PM by danp25 »
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Re: Help with lens lineup :)
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2008, 06:53:05 PM »
Nix  ;D

I used to have a Sigma 10-20 for landscapes. I sold it for a Tokina 11-16 because of the 2.8 aperture :) I also have the 17-55mm and I don't know if it's just because I've experienced an UWA lens pero parang hindi wide enough ang 17-55 para sa akin :) Medyo magkaka-idea ka naman if the 17-55 is wide enough for you because you have the kitlens, malapit na sila on the wide end :)

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Re: Help with lens lineup :)
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2008, 07:05:51 PM »
Nix  ;D

I used to have a Sigma 10-20 for landscapes. I sold it for a Tokina 11-16 because of the 2.8 aperture :) I also have the 17-55mm and I don't know if it's just because I've experienced an UWA lens pero parang hindi wide enough ang 17-55 para sa akin :) Medyo magkaka-idea ka naman if the 17-55 is wide enough for you because you have the kitlens, malapit na sila on the wide end :)

Oi Mish :)

I just read reviews on the Tokina 11-16. Mejo mixed ang reviews, some say it's real sharp, some say it isn't. I guess, like other third-party lenses, the IQ and build depends on the copy you get. That's why I'm trying to avoid 3rd party lenses as much as possible, unless ok ang after sales like Sigma. But the 2.8 of the Tokina really gives one an edge.

What I like about the 17-55 is that it's really flexible, and could be a very sharp walk-around lens. I think adequate na rin ung wide end niya for landscapes. But yes, nothing beats UWA for landscapes.

Ei Mitch, pwede peram ng 17-55? :D wanna test it sana haha

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Re: Help with lens lineup :)
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2008, 02:16:00 AM »
i use Nikkor 12-24 for landscape, so far so good. :D

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Re: Help with lens lineup :)
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2008, 10:17:30 PM »
I cal also recommend you the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. Just purchased it 2 weeks ago. So far, it's a killing machine. :)

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Re: Help with lens lineup :)
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2008, 04:02:26 AM »
get the 17-55 and 80-200 combo! you wont regret it. or wait for the 70-200 prices to drop when the newer version comes (cant wait for this one)  ;D

after enjoying using the tokina 12-24 for landscapes, i tend to leave my 17-55 in the drybox. but i also tried it and its really a good performer from wide to tele.

here is a sample shot using it @  ISO100  f22 (4got my cpl)  20sec

17mm   ;D



tama , you'll be better off with nikkor glasses. for the long run yan  :)

i heard the tammy version's rubber gets peeled off if you abuse it hehe.  :'(

« Last Edit: September 25, 2008, 04:08:20 AM by briboinks »
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Re: Help with lens lineup :)
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2008, 04:04:35 AM »
nadoble post ko sorry  :)
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Re: Help with lens lineup :)
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2008, 08:24:39 PM »
get the 17-55 and 80-200 combo! you wont regret it. or wait for the 70-200 prices to drop when the newer version comes (cant wait for this one)  ;D

after enjoying using the tokina 12-24 for landscapes, i tend to leave my 17-55 in the drybox. but i also tried it and its really a good performer from wide to tele.

here is a sample shot using it @  ISO100  f22 (4got my cpl)  20sec

17mm   ;D



tama , you'll be better off with nikkor glasses. for the long run yan  :)

i heard the tammy version's rubber gets peeled off if you abuse it hehe.  :'(




wow, looks good :) i've searched flickr on pics that were taken with the nikkor 17-55, and boy were they sharp. If there'll be a newer version of the 70-200, then I think it's better to save up for the 17-55 first :) I hope by Christmas I can get one already haha

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