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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


    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


    Apr 15, 2007
    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


    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


    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


    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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