Need lens recommendation

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by atoronto, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. atoronto

    atoronto

    180
    Jun 16, 2008
    Toronto
    I currently have the Nikon 24-70, 70-200 VR and 105 2.5 AIS, planning:

    A. Sell the 70-200 VR and get the 85mm 1.4 and 70-300 VR
    B. Keep the 70-200 VR and get the 85mm 1.8

    I mostly shoot family photos and portrait, please your kindly give me some recommendations. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    I did exactly A

    sold my 70-200, got the 85 1.4 and 70-300

    regrets?

    the 70-300 is no 70-200 , thats for sure
     
  3. I'd go with A. Or look for a used 80-200 AF-S (about $900) instead of the 70-300.
     
  4. atoronto

    atoronto

    180
    Jun 16, 2008
    Toronto
    Thanks for your kindly reply, if I get the 85 1.4 I only have money left for the 70-300, or maybe get the Sigma 50-150 2.8, what you guys think, because sometimes I need the 2.8 zoom to shoot the school play for my daughter.
     
  5. atoronto

    atoronto

    180
    Jun 16, 2008
    Toronto
    Frank do you miss the 70-200 after you sold it? just curious:smile:
     
  6. 70-200 is a different class to the 70-300

    The 70-300 is a great lens but far from the quality of the 70-200. Which is reflected in the price.

    To answer this question, would you sell your 24-70 2.8 and buy the 18-70 3.5-4.5?
     
  7. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    Alex

    I wouldn't say I miss it exactly, it is a big lens to casually walk around with

    the 70-300 strengh is its smaller size and much smaller price tag, but do not expect the same results as the 70-200

    I am hoping the 85 1.4 gets more use in the future as I move more towards portrait/ people shots
     
  8. B. Keep that 70-200, and the 85 1.8 is a fine photo maker. Not as robust made as the 1.4, no A-M switch and a tad slower, but still a very fine lens.
     
  9. gvg45

    gvg45

    314
    Jun 16, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca.
    I think the question should be is the 85 1.4 that much better than the 85 1.8 that warrants replacing your 70-200 for a 70-300?

    I have never used the 85 1.4. Some of the pictures posted by owners of this lens are simply stunning. I just picked up a 85 f/1.8 and its a superb lens, especially considering the price.
     
  10. atoronto

    atoronto

    180
    Jun 16, 2008
    Toronto
    That's the reason made me think about the 85 1.4, oh well what a NAS.:wink: