It's that time again..........NAS

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by LindaZ, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    So, I love love love my Beast. But just for the heck of it, I used the 85mm for my own little mini session with my girl. And I was disappointed (again) so I'm thinking of once and for all to get rid of it.

    But.... I'm still kind of itching for a longer reach, or 70mm will be my longest.

    However, I'd like to really avoid spending more than $400-500 if possible....ok, maybe $600.. At the most. :rolleyes: 
     
  2. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    lol....maybe not THAT long Ed :tongue:
     
  3. ibcj

    ibcj

    732
    Dec 19, 2006
    New York
    How about the 180mm f/2.8 ? Seems like it could serve you well.
     
  4. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    oh wait... hold on a minute. When is Photokina? Aren't there new AF-S lenses coming out soon-ish?
     
  5. linda....
    now, don't like PHOTOKINA cause you to blow your above-mentioned budget... :rolleyes: .. :biggrin:
     
  6. +1 for this.
     
  7. ibcj

    ibcj

    732
    Dec 19, 2006
    New York
    Rumors are for some type of Nikon announcement on the 27th, but they are rumors for now. I'll believe it when I read it.
     
  8. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    Well.... not if I wait to see if that lowers the price on the older lenses...such as the mentioned 180 which is a bit pricey for me at the moment.
    :cool: 
     
  9. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    18o....105......*taking notes* both a bit pricey.

    Off brands are allowed :wink:
     
  10. The Sigma 50-150 gets good press. It is 2.8 and DX though (if that is an issue for you)...
     
  11. jfrancis

    jfrancis

    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    Longer glass that will not disappoint is usually expensive unfortunately. The 70-200VR f/2.8 is an obvious choice for your needs but blows your budget. The 180 f/2.8 might be had for close to it though. The 105VR is another possibility. But then, you could always throw caution to the winds and get the 200 mm f/2 :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  12. Connahhh

    Connahhh

    Oct 27, 2007
    NH
    Just curious what you don't like about the 85?
     
  13. tfenne

    tfenne

    125
    Apr 10, 2008
    Cambridge, MA
    Is MF ok? Robert's been really talking up the old 105/2.5 AI and it does have a great reputation. See this thread. You can find used copies at keh for $150-$250. I know because I've been looking :tongue:
     
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  14. Connahhh

    Connahhh

    Oct 27, 2007
    NH
    I'm actually going to agree with Tim on this one. I just picked up a good copy of a 105/2.5 for $90 at my local camera shop. Cosmetically it isn't pretty, but who cares? The optics are perfect. It's razor sharp, little CA, etc etc.

    I was amazed that 85 and 105 was such a big gap in focal length, but it really is.
     
  15. 105 was my first thought. And the Sigma 50-150 as mentioned above. And the Tokina 50-135.

    And I echo Connor's question-what don't you like about the 85?
     
  16. sambru

    sambru In Memoriam 1957-2014

    Linda checkout the Tokina 50-135 2.8 it is an awesome lens, look at Raymond's photos at Fred M's
     
  17. this is me

    this is me

    537
    Feb 10, 2007
    MA
    Are you just not liking the IQ of the 85mm f/1.8 or is it the focal length?
    You may want to try the 85mm f/1.4. 105mm f/2 DC, 135mm f/2 DC.
    I love my 85mm f/1.4. It is my workhorse for portraiture. However, I've been itching to pull the trigger on the 135mm f/2.0 DC. I certainly don't need it, but I certainly want it. It's NAS.
     
  18. Linda,

    Not sure if you are interested in a zoom but a 70-300VR would fit nice into your lineup. You would probably just need to add a little cash once you sell your 85mm.
     
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