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Lenses - share which lenses you own

Postby admin » Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:52 am

I'm saving up for my next lens purchase and I'm trying to decide what lens to buy next. I have the Nikon D80 with kit lens (18-55mm) and I have the 50mm 1.8 lens (love it!).

What I'm looking for is a lens that works well with photographing a toddler and will give me crisp images in low light conditions. Any suggestions?
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Postby crumbear » Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:53 pm

I'm new to photography...My husband just got me the Nikon D40x, and the lenses I have are the ones that came with it, the 18-55 and the 55-200. I've been trying to figure out what lenses I want to put on the 'wish list', but I'm having a hard time understanding how you know which lens to use for whatever you're photographing. I'm going to be taking tons of pics of my son, who's now almost 7 weeks old, plus macro and nature.

So how do you know what lens you need? :?:
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Postby AmandaP » Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:44 pm

85mm 1.8 is a great low light lens, but you need lots of room with it. I really like it for outdoors.

50mm 1.4 is my absolute fav though!!!!! :D
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Postby admin » Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:31 am

Thanks for the replies! I'm not sure what the difference between the 50mm 1.8 and the 50mm 1.4 is, except the obvious price difference. At 1.8, it's hard to keep my baby's entire face in focus, so wouldn't it be more difficult to keep anything in focus at 1.4?
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Postby AmandaP » Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:56 pm

No, the 1.4 doenst make much difference, almost every face i photograph is between 2.5 and 3.

The differece is in the glass. Its slightly more responsive and the lens is more durable. But if your easy on your equipment, then it doenst make a difference. I spend lots of time in waterfalls, rainstorms, and adverse conditions, so i needed something slightly stronger.
I wouldnt upgrade if i had a 1.8.

Same thing with the 85mm. The 85 1.4 is incredible as far as quality, but there was no way i was going to shell out another 600$ for a prime lens. The 1.8 does a fine job, and you can make up with difference in the not so good glass with some creative photoshop work.
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Postby SlainteMhath » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:51 pm

My brother just loaned me his 1.8 50mm and I LOVE it, especially for low light! I'm going to go buy one for myself as soon as he requests it back.
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Postby booboo » Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:53 am

LOVE my 50mm!!

Next I am going to try to get something more wide angle or macro
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Postby Sara_B » Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:06 am

I also love my 50mm 1.8. In fact, I just saw a "deal" for one for $87 @ Amazon.com with free shipping. The details I read are below.

Adorama Camera via Amazon.com offers the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens, model no. 2514A002, for $87 with free shipping. (Choose Adorama Camera from the More Buying Choices section on the right.) That's $3 under our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we could find by $2. This lens is for use with Canon EF-mount SLR cameras and weighs just 4.6 ounces.
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Postby annabugsmommy » Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:26 pm

Elle, I use my 50 1.8 and it's great, but my fave is my NIkon 17-55 mm 2.8. I'm in LOVE with it. It's pretty big, but it's a beauty and the pics are fabulous with it. It's SUPER fast and enough wide angle to get all the shots I need with the zoom I need when chasing around toddlers. The 2.8 also let's in a lot of light. It's a bit pricey, but worth every penny ;)
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Postby AmandaP » Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:51 pm

I agree, its my second fav lens. Its perfect for weddings too!

And, get nikons circular polarizer and you have an unbeatable landscape lens. :D
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