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Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by alex66, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. alex66


    Jun 13, 2007
    Bedford England
    Right I have £600 to blow on glass, I have a few options of various lenses all of which ill get used, I dont buy many things new:smile: They will be mounted on either a D100 or a D50(i can get an ex display dirt cheep) so the lenses im thinking of getting are as folows:
    Tamron or sigma 18-200 general use/travel this is the one im most sure of I had one on a previous cam and loved its range and thought it an ideal walk about.
    Sigma 20mm 1.8 fast and wide I had one of its sisters before and liked it a lot, would I be better getting the nikon 20mm 2.8?
    Nikon 35 f2 50mm replacement I like the focal length whats the quality like
    Nikon 50 f1.4 I have a 50mm 2.8 sigma macro would I just be wasting my time here?
    Nikon 85 f1.8 it would give me a good short tele photo good for portraits and a low light tele
    The wild one and one i fancy Sigma 15-30 I can mount this on all my film nikons as well it will give me a great wide angle.
    Right can you make alternative sugestions? bassed on quality and usefull ness or comments on my choices and keep me away from true dog primes.

    I have lens wise, a Nikon 35-80, Sigmas 24 f2.8, 50 f2.8 macro, 28-200 and a 70-200, and will have a Nikon 18-55 Im not mega keen on the 28-200s close focus have not used the other zooms much love working with the 24 and 50 but I have nothing against zooms. Idealy I want to get 2 more primes and a superzoom, but I could get a Tokins 24-200 Ive heard good to great things about this lens.
  2. alex66


    Jun 13, 2007
    Bedford England
    Thanks Edward (is that right) a 300mm is too long for my general use about 150 is my upper requirement. Reading through other opinions etc the 85 seems more of a deffo all the time with the 24mm it would give a good pairing. The 35 sounds good too Im thinking how much use would it get though.
  3. cotdt


    Jul 14, 2007
    Bay Area, USA
    i don't think that is a real rolex...
  4. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Hey Alex, if you are looking for a super zoom, your budget could afford the new 18-200 Nikkor that folks have lots of good stuff to say about. But then you'd be stretched on the primes you want, maybe you could then get only one of them, and you said you want two.

    So how about looking at the 24-120vr lens. It's only a 5x, but I have found it to be an extremely capable lens. Then you would have more than half of your six hundred pounds (£600=$1150?) left to buy your primes.

    I can personally recommend the 35, and 85mm Nikkors you mention. I also have the 20mm, but I prefer it on film - I use the 12-24 Nikkor for digital.

  5. Yea, but most of them are damn nice watches for the $10 they sell for!
  6. alex66


    Jun 13, 2007
    Bedford England
    Im not keen on the Cost of the Nikon 18-200 vr or no vr, it seems a lot for a consumer lens and a dx one at that and would rather spend money on some primes, Im 100% on the 85mm 80% on the 35 and now thinking more of the sigma 15-30 as it will add range to my line up.
  7. D2XDeb


    Oct 21, 2005
    Manhattan USA
    the 18-200 is a great lens. I have 2 of the Nikon ones and tested out the Sigma brand and I have to say I was very impressed. It's half the price of the Nikkor and there wasn't much difference at every focal length
  8. alex66


    Jun 13, 2007
    Bedford England
    I had thought a lot about the 18-200 vr but had heard a few times that the Tamron and sigma offerings were 90% of the way there and for less than half the used cost. The problem I have is that i still shoot a lot of film so Im sort of worried about buying lenses that cant be used on all my cameras, but I had an 18-200 Tamron on a dark side camera that got stolen and realy liked it for wandering around. The 15-30 on the other hand gives me a greater wide angle than I have had on digital, I have an old mf 18-28 that Ive used on my film cameras,
    I have a nice amount of cash to spend on glass but not enough to get every one I desire, so Im working on which ones would bring me the greatest joy/bennifit. The 85f1.8 is 100% there, I love my 135mm on an fe 85 works out to 127 ffe, the 24mm ive got on the d100 is great now I think of it 35 is near 50 and i prefer slightly wider or longer, 50mm works for me on dx big time so Im looking very seriously at a 1.4, I want that stop or so of light. I decided to spend the money on lenses over a good body for the simple reason that the glass will last for years, Ill be able to get a D80 for a lot less in 12-18 months time, I saw a D100 the other day for £180 thats silly money for an originally £2k cam, it was in a dealers as well and they give 12 months on there cams it was the same place the wife bought mine!
  9. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    I can also vouch for the 35mm f/2 prime. Great little lens! You might also consider the 35-70mm f/2.8 zoom, which I just posted a thread about with a bunch of review links. This is an old lens that isn't too popular on cropped digitals nowadays, so there's plenty of them available used for cheap and it's a very highly regarded lens. If you still shoot film, a used 35-70 would be an even better choice.
  10. alex66


    Jun 13, 2007
    Bedford England
    Well Ive won a 28mm off the bay for £50, had to get it at that price:biggrin:, and have decided to buy in order D70, sigma 15-30, 85mm then if I have enough left over a tokina 24-200 or an 18-200 tamron. The 28 I could not resist at the price, I want the 15-30 and cant wait to see what it will do on either an FE or F801. The 85 looks to be the buisness fo a short tele and I think will work well with my 24 and the forth coming 28. The 24-200 apeals as it can be used on film as well but I may still go for the 18-200 for ease of use, neither of them are essential for my bag as with out them I will have, Zooms; sigma 28-200, 70-210 and a nikon 28-70 and the 15-30 ill buy, Primes sigmas 24mm and 50mm macro, Nikon 50mm and 28mm with the 28mm to come, I suppose a 28-300 might work a little better or get a 50f1.4. I am watching a 28-200 g though.alas the person that was buying my 300d pulled out so I dont have as much cash and I think it will stay to go where I dont want to take my Nikons after all you cant cry over a lost canon:rolleyes: 
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