So, which lens next?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Druid, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. 85/1.4
    70-180 micro
    200 micro

    I do mostly garden photography, but I'm interested in other stuff. My last lens purchase was an ancient non-D 135/2 DC and I'm loving it. Other kit is 17-55, 35/2, 105 VR and AF-N 180 all on D200.

    I'm about to take another lens off my want list, the three above being the remaining ones, but I find myself dithering a bit about which one to go for next, so I thought I'd look for inspiration here.
     
  2. nykonian

    nykonian

    570
    May 4, 2007
    New York
    Phil, I just treated myself a 85/1.4... The lust never ends.. just go for it! :)
     
  3. ZBaum

    ZBaum Guest

    Well, it seems like the 85 1.4 is what you're missing (nothing faster than f/2, nothing that covers 85mm). Have you considered something like the 70-200 VR, or an ultra-wide like one of the 12-24's or the Sigma 10-20?

    I have a non-D 135 DC, but I certainly wouldn't call it ancient. It performs very well, is in great shape, and will probably outlast the AF-S lenses. I think "ancient" would be a pre-AI F-mount lens (and even then, those aren't all that old compared to some of the earliest Nikon lenses).
     
  4. genehsu

    genehsu

    594
    Apr 15, 2007
    Seattle
    I'd have to agree. Unless you do a lot of macro, then I'd be hesitant in investing in the either of the other macro lenses since you already have the 105VR. If, on the other hand, you do a lot of macro, then you probably know enough to choose between the two macro lenses.
     
  5. PJohnP

    PJohnP

    Feb 5, 2005
    Phil :


    Look for the 70-180mm Micro. The other two lenses are around, but, the 70-180mm is getting harder and herder to find. In all truth, the 180mm end of the 70-180mm's not so far from the 200mm, and the 70-180mm's just such a versatile lens for macro work, especially paired with a 5T or 6T. I even used it quite successfully as a telephoto lens this weekend at a Folk Art Market to photograph a singer.

    And there just aren't any more being made of the 70-180mm Micro. The 200mm Micro is a sweet lens (I shot with Ron Reznick's copy recently - a treat), but the 70-180mm is pure fun.

    After that, the 85mm f/1.4 is probably the lens to get, if for no other reason than the incredible isolation for portraiture.



    John P.


    P.S. Be sure to get the HB-14 lens hood when you buy a 70-180mm as part of the package - they're almost as rare as the lens now...
     
  6. vadimg

    vadimg

    29
    May 23, 2007
    ny, ny
    I would go for the 85/1.4 if I were you. It's a legendary lens, and I would use the 105 macro over the two other ones most of the time anyway.
     
  7. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    I prefer the 85/1.8 over it faster brother for landscape and garden shots.

    If you can find a good 70-180 it is worth it. One of those lenses I will not part with.

    Never had a 200 so I can't comment on that. When I need more distance than the 70-180 provides then I use a 300/4 with extension tubes.
     
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