Tricky Lens Decision

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Winnie, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Folks,

    I could use some opinions on what my next lens purchase should be, based on the following options.

    I mainly shoot wildlife/nature with a specialism for closeup and I am well covered by Tamron 90mm and a Sigma 180mm macro lenses. In the winter I intend to shoot more landscapes when the bugs and th elike go away.

    The options (read LUSTS)

    Nikkor 300mm AFS f/4 - I like the option of it's close focusing and have seen great shots from it. I would also like to try different kinds of wildlife and this would give me some decent glass to get started.

    Sigma 10-20mm - I don't think I would use it much right now as the insect season is in full flow but come the winter it's use would increase a lot.

    The other things to consider are the extras that I would need should i get either option. With the WA lens I would need a new 77mm Lee filter adapter ring. The 300mm 'might' need a larger rucksack (currently using Mini Trekker AW) and possibly a stronger tripod (currently a Manfrotto 190ProB + 484RC2).

    Or should I upgrade my tripod and bag now and save for the glass? I don't want to blow my budget and regret it.

    Cheers

    Alex
     
  2. Ghunger

    Ghunger

    303
    Apr 2, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I've been looking at the 300 F/4 myself and have been trying to convince myself I can afford it. As for advice, I'm just going to pass on some some that I've read from some other similar posts. Go out and rent the lenses you're interested in first. See how you like them and how useful they are. That would also allow you to see if they fit in your backpack (300 f/4). You may be forced to brave the bugs in the name of photography to test them out. :eek: :biggrin:

    Good luck deciding
     
  3. :smile:

    I think you missunderstood, I shoot the bugs during the summer I don't try to avoid them.

    Renting in the UK cost quite a bit and there aren't many places that do it either.

    Alex

     
  4. Ghunger

    Ghunger

    303
    Apr 2, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Ah, I certainly did misunderstand you. That's really unfortunate about the renting situation. Perhaps there are some Cafe members near by that you could meet up with and borrow a lens from to try out or go shooting together?
     
  5. 300 F4, seems to suit your style better :) enjoy!
     
  6. One thing you may not have counted on is that the 300/f4, when combined with an extension tube, makes a terrific lens for bugs! I realize that you've already got bugs covered, but with the 300/f4 you can shoot from 3-4 feet away, which is definitely an advantage.

    The 10-20 sounds like it's a better addition to your arsenal, in that you have nothing like it now.
     
  7. Thanks guys.

    The 10-20mm is luring me because like you say I don't have anything like that now. But then I have nothing longer than 200mm right now so could use some more reach. :confused:

    I will see what comes up on Ebay.

    Cheers
    Alex
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 16, 2007
  8. Well that didn't take long. I completed a deal on Ebay for a used 'as new' 300mm f/4 AFS for £450. Really looking forward to giving it a runout.

    Cheers

    Alex
     
  9. Another condideration. Works great with extension tube, and also gets you to 510 mm with a 1.7x TC! (In good light) You'll get a lot of mileage out of that lens!
     
  10. Thanks Jack, I hope so. The T/C will have to wait for more fund or xmas but it's on the list of things to get.

    Cheers

    Alex
     
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