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I have a D70 with the "kit" 18-70 zoom. I'm getting a 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6D ED. I want one more - what should it be?

The objective is to cover low-light and indoor situations, museums, people etc. It needs to cost no more than the 70-300.

I'm considering the 50mm f/1.4D, or 50mm f/1.8D.

I'm just an amateur, not a pro. My wife and I do a lot of travel, I take landscape/animal/flower pictures, and my wife drags me to museums quite a bit.


Comments? Suggestions? Anything else I should consider?

Thanks in advance for your opinions.
 
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Hi Pa,

I'd say the 50 f/1.4 or the 35 f/2 depending on which focal length you prefer. Of potential interest is the new Sigma 39 f/1.4 (not yet available), which may cost somewhere around $450, so a bit more expensive that these 2, which are around $260 both (with $40 rebate on the 35)
 
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Are you considering the 50mm because of it's aperture or focal length. Take a look at the usage of your 18-70. What is the focal length you use most often? Then get a faster lens at that focal length.

That said, I second Philippe's recommendation of the 35mm f/2 - it's the smallest, sharpest, best contrast/color, lens that I own. The upcoming Sigma 30 does look promising, but it will need to deliver a lot more than one stop to beat the 35.
 
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Are you considering the 50mm because of it's aperture or focal length. Take a look at the usage of your 18-70. What is the focal length you use most often? Then get a faster lens at that focal length.

That said, I second Philippe's recommendation of the 35mm f/2 - it's the smallest, sharpest, best contrast/color, lens that I own. The upcoming Sigma 30 does look promising, but it will need to deliver a lot more than one stop to beat the 35.
I was considering the 50mm based on aperture. I want to be able to take pictures in low light w/o flash. Museums don't allow it!

Do you have any pictures posted anywhere using the 35 f/2 ?
 
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Consider the 60/2.8

Except for the speed in low light, all your remaining interests would be very well served by the 60/2.8 micro. It does a marvellous job on flowers and portraits and is one of the sharpest in the NIkkor range. I just love muddying the water, but that's what LL is all about.
 
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A transient care for your LL and pocket would be to shoot a higher ISO in your case, say ISO800; D70s was supposed to be better than D100 on noise issue; why don't your go out and shoot for a while to make sure you can do neat and beautiful pics with the 18-70 that is said to be a good lens? May be you can keep your money for later investment, for faster lens.
 
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A transient care for your LL and pocket would be to shoot a higher ISO in your case, say ISO800; D70s was supposed to be better than D100 on noise issue; why don't your go out and shoot for a while to make sure you can do neat and beautiful pics with the 18-70 that is said to be a good lens? May be you can keep your money for later investment, for faster lens.
Good point. I have tried this and been dissapointed, but it may not be entirely the fault of the hardware.
 
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You mentioned indoor shots of people, among other things. I was loaned an 85mm f/1.8 for several months and really liked it as a portrait lens to the point that I almost always used it rather than my 50mm. I would buy one, but I think I'll save up for the 85mm f/1.4 instead. I had a 50mm f/1.8 and now have a 50mm f/1.4, and they are both very good lenses. It is impossible to beat the 50mm f/1.8 for the money, although the 1.4 gives you nearly a full stop more light. You really can't go wrong with any of these lenses, it is just a matter of figuring out what focal lenth will serve you best and how much you want to spend.

Good luck,

Gene
 
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Pa said:
Which camera may I ask?
D100

Actually avant garde photography is all I do. Well, I call it that to cover for the fact that I don't really know what I'm doing. ;)

I also agree with Gene, the 85 f/1.8 is a very nice lens, but the angle of view is rather narrow, and you may find yourself backing up a lot. I often back into people when I use it.
 
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Lens Lust satisfied.

Well, thanks to a couple of forum members, my LL is temporarily (permanently?) satiated. Both 70-300 and 50 f/1.8 should arrive before the end of the week (thanks guys).

Add that to my 18-70 "kit" lens, and what more could an amateur need (or want)?

I have my three lenses!
 
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Re: Lens Lust satisfied.

Pa said:
Well, thanks to a couple of forum members, my LL is temporarily (permanently?) satiated. Both 70-300 and 50 f/1.8 should arrive before the end of the week (thanks guys).

Add that to my 18-70 "kit" lens, and what more could an amateur need (or want)?

I have my three lenses!
Congratulations, Pa. I think you've made some excellent choices, and now you can concentrate on photography instead of gear... for a while :wink:.

Unfortunately, Lens Lust Disease is like Herpes... it can go into remission, but it's never cured. The best way to avoid another flare-up is to avoid this forum like the plague. It's a Petri Dish for LLD.
 

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