Decisions, decisions

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Beezle, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. <ramble alert caused by long work hours lately>

    So I was on the verge of finally buying myself a decent long lens. 200 f2 or 300 f2.8 survived the process. The 200 being attractive because of its incredible image quality wide open and not so long that I can't use it indoors.

    But that is a serious investment, and I haven't shown enough interest in long shooting to justify firing quite so large a torpedo into the side of my toy budget.

    Then again it IS a chicken/egg thing. And yeah, birds of prey land on my fence several times per week so I don't even need to get in my car to "need" a long lens. There's also the kids and the many things they will be doing that would call for it. And I don't think i would be happy with anything less, though I guess the 300 f4 would be a decent compromise if it had VR.

    Such is gear lust, I suppose. To be perfectly honest, I enjoy the dickens out of it, even when I don't spend the money. I learn a lot along the way.

    Oh, and I did decide to buy myself a consolation prize. The 85 PC. :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: I am also buying all of that new flash stuff as soon as I can.

    I figure it will be a while before I figure out how to improve my floral still lifes using that lens. Let the fun begin!

    PS, I never did find a source of examples form that lens! Why is that? I'll be happy to supply some if they turn out well enough.
     
  2. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
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  3. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    Cool. The 85 is sort of my grail lens, but I opted for a home-made version. As for the long lens, have you got or used a 180 f/2.8? I'll bet if you like that lens (and it's not too expensive) you'd really enjoy the 200 VR lens.
     
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  4. You know, I should buy that 180.

    I've been slightly frustrated by the 70-200 VR in that I don't seem to know how to reliably get decent images out of it. It IS capable, I've seen it! I'll get a beautiful, contrasty, warm shot at 1/250 then utter crap at 1/1000. Same f stop!

    Paul, those big lenses are so very expensive, even for someone that allows himself such an obscene toy budget as I do. But everyone has limits and the wife wants a bigger house and I live where I live. :rolleyes:

    I also actually try to drive these pursuits (I hate the word hobby) by the work I do. If I am getting somewhere, learning, then it is worth it. And I need a year or two to catch up with my gear as it is. I am also taking a long break from buying any camera bodies. Skip a generation or two and let them improve.
     
  5. Here is a perfect example. I'll TRY to get a decent shot with the VR at decent shutter speeds, and I just can't get anything sharp.

    Then I'll do as I have this week and just leave it on my D2X and use it every chance I get. Practice! And I will try anything, including free standing hand held, 1/30s at f2.8. What do I get?

    [​IMG]

    Why? :wink:
     
  6. Why not give the 80-400VR a try? I know it is not a prime but in good light it is a very good performer, and it takes you to 400.... If you get a used one you can always resell it.. this from 10 feet at 400 or so last year
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  7. Can't argue with the quality of that shot.

    How was the lens mounted for that one?
     
  8. Handheld!!! It does really well close up. I also have a Kirk special replacement collar for it with support that really helps on a tripod. Then I turn off the VR....

    What is important with this lens is that it needs light, it is not a low light lens.



     
  9. Raindog

    Raindog

    184
    Nov 26, 2005
    Asheville, NC
    The 200/2 is an extraordinary lens, my favorite by far. In the range that I work within it is perfect. For sports I can double-strap it on one shoulder and carry another body with a shorter (depending upon the field) lens on the other shoulder.
     
  10. The 85PC is an aweome piece of glass, congratulations! :biggrin:

    I honestly don't think I've used a sharper lens (and that includes the rest of the Micros, the 85/1.4, the 105DC, the 300/2.8 II, the 200-400VR...)

    But I'm not jealous becuase there's one on the front of my D2HS right now! :biggrin:

    Ming
     
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