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Automotive photography lens?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Argent, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Ok - with the possible sale of my D50 (I sweetened the deal by adding my 18-135) and the soon to be addition of a D200 - I'll need to replace my short lens with something else by January (when I'll be shooting the Detroit Autoshow again)

    Looking for suggestions in the sub-$500 range (new or used doesn't matter)
  2. cotdt


    Jul 14, 2007
    Bay Area, USA
    usually wide angle lens is used, with a polarizer, like a sigma 10-20
  3. Ewout_vB


    Feb 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Personally I prefer a longer lens on car shots (but you need a lot of room compared to using a wide angle) -- I like my 70-300vr for it.
  4. That's why I liked my 18-135 (which does have a polarizer on it) because at wide out I could stand closer to the car and get the whole thing in or I could zoom for close-ups of detail....

    Problem is even though it's during press week - it's still easier to shoot closer with a wide angle...I may just get another 18-135 - but I figured maybe there was something better/newer tech to look at first.
  5. Ewout_vB


    Feb 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Without a doubt! I just like how you can make the car pop out well with a long lens :smile:.
  6. slipstream


    Dec 29, 2006
    Hook, UK
    What about a Sig 18-50 2.8?
  7. timkoo


    Oct 9, 2007
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  8. LDB415


    Apr 26, 2008
    16-85VR maybe?
  9. Michael


    Jun 30, 2005
    I used a Tokina 12-24 for this one.

  10. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

  11. Nice shots Nute

    I was looking at the 50 1.8 - but don't think that would get me wide enough

    What about like a Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle AF 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro

    anyone used one of these?
  12. DJVCuda


    Jun 13, 2008
    Atco, NJ
    I use an 80-200 f2.8 & my 18-135 for most shoots.
    here is the 18-135.

    NIKON D50    ---    48mm    f/6.3    1/500s   
  13. DJVCuda


    Jun 13, 2008
    Atco, NJ
    these are with the 80-200 f2.8
    NIKON D80    ---    80mm    f/7.1    1/500s    ISO 200

    NIKON D80    ---    80mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200
  14. Thanks Dave - I've been shooting the Autoshow with the 18-135 and I may just pick up another copy of it after I sell mine.
  15. LDB415


    Apr 26, 2008
    Why sell a lens just to buy another of the same? Presumably yours is defective somehow? :confused:  :confused: 
  16. No mines not defective - I'm selling it as a package with my D50 (so I can finance my D200 upgrade) since I've been shooting exclusively with my 300 F/4 since I got it, the 18-135 has sat in my bag (which is why I was looking for something to replace it before January when the Autoshow comes back around)

    My D50 may sell to a fellow photographer who wants to move from film to digital (none of her current film SLR lens will work on a Nikon body) so to 'sweeten' the deal, instead of selling just the body to her - I decided I could let my 18-135 go for now as well. As it turns out - if she takes the D50 and the 18-135 - she also wants my 70-300 (which is also for sale)

    Thus clearning out my kit and leaving me with a D200, a 300 F/4 and my SB600

  17. Makes perfect sense to me. In order to sell my d70 at a reasonable price, I had to package it with my favorite walk-around lens... the 28-105/3.5-4.5. The day after I sold the kit, I began shopping for a replacement 28-105.
  18. I was thinking a prime - but not sure I want to pin myself down by not having at least some zoom on my short glass

    fast glass would be nice - but the shows pretty well lit - and when it's not I have my SB600 as well

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