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Lens decision help!

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by infiniti_, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. infiniti_

    infiniti_ Guest

    Ok, im deciding what i should do on my next lense purchase and i im having a hard time choosing. I have a d80 with the kit 18-55 and 55-200 VR already. They're ok but i want better lenses that will produce sharper images and better build quality. Also have the 50mm f1.4 which I really like.

    So either i get

    1) Tokina 12-24, mb-d80, and the 18-200 VR II
    2) just the 70-200 f2.8 VR

    And the lense would be used mainly for traveling and shooting cars and the occasional portraits. Also have a sb-800 coming in the next week :biggrin:

    what would you guys suggest?
  2. Tough one!

    I would go 70-200 personally.
  3. If you're mostly shooting cars you might want to consider the Tokina 11-16/2.8.


  4. Be careful infiniti...you're on a slippery slope here. When I put the 70-200 2.8 on my D80 for sports, I had enough light...I just didn't have enough speed in the camera's fps. I ended up with a D200 and then a D3 and then added the D300(sold the D200)....now I'm broke, but I've sure got some nice stuff!!

    Figuring out how to advance your hobby is just part of the hobby, IMHO.

    North Carolina
  5. timkoo


    Oct 9, 2007
    how about mb-d80, 11-16, and 80-200?
    All about the same price as the 70-200.

    Personally, i love the grip on my cameras and it should be the first thing you buy if you find yourself shooting portrait orientation often.
  6. remo


    May 12, 2008
    I would go #1
  7. timkoo is right. Get a good wide and a good tele. The 70-200 is killer, but you may be wanting on the wide end. You can always upgrade as you find your "style," but don't go straight for the 70-200 w/o knowing what you NEED first.
  8. infiniti_

    infiniti_ Guest

    well i wont be shooting cars mainly and ive used the 12-24 before which i borrowed from a friend and i liked it while shooting cars. The 11-16 does look really nice though...decisions decisions......
  9. If it were me, I would sell both kit lenses and get the 18-200 VR and then go for the Sigma 10-20 and last but not least... the 70-200 2.8. Forget about the grip unless you shoot a whole lot of vertical shots. This will give a full range of great glass.
  10. Sam O

    Sam O

    Jul 24, 2007
    Sell your current lesnes and just buy (used) a 17-55 & 70-200.
  11. infiniti_

    infiniti_ Guest

    yeah i plan on selling the current lenses....can someone tell me what prices those would sell for used? probably gonna put it up on ebay and texas photo forums
  12. Debbie H

    Debbie H

    Aug 23, 2007
    Have them both!! You will not regret these two lenses. Sharp!!!
  13. The Ben

    The Ben

    Oct 17, 2007
    Houston, Tx
    not tough at all. 70-200 VR. Won't regret your decision for one second.
  14. cleoent


    Dec 21, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
  15. infiniti_

    infiniti_ Guest

    right now im leaning towards getting a 70-200 and then the tokina 11-16 or 12-24 in the long run or vice versa get the tokina first then the 70-200

  16. Yup...definitely agree with this assessment.
  17. infiniti_

    infiniti_ Guest

    ok after thinking for a while, im pretty sure im gonna go with the tokina 11-16 and get the nikon 17-55 and possibly the battery grip. I'll just use my 55-200 for now and get a 70-200 later on down the road
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