Choosing a Lens

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  1. argyle409

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    My friend is going off to college to major in photography, so graduation present I thought I'd buy her some kind of lens for her camera. I finally decided to buy her a 15mm fisheye lens and then when I was talking to her week ago and she told me her parents bought her a fisheye for her gift, fvck! So I returned the lens and now I don't know what to get her, she wants a tilt-shift lens too, but I don't have that much money to spend on her.

    So what would you guys recommend me to get her since I don't know that much about lens specially since she been doing it for couple years and I got got a dslr week ago. She doesn't really do action shots more landscape and people and artsy shots, heres her flickr if that helps too recommend me a lens for her. Thanks

    EDIT: Forgot to ad she has a Nikon D40 with a NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
     
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    Can you give us a list of what she has? You didnt say what camera brand either? OH, and how much you looking to spend?
     
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    updated setup

    Well I was willing to spend $800 on a fisheye, however if I could keep it far under that and around $300 that would be great but I'd rather get her something that is nice then cut corners to get something for cheaper.
     
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    For 300 dollars you can spring for a new 35mm G or a 50mm 1.8D plus a circular polarizer and some lens cleaning supplies and you'll have enough for coffee, some timbits and a chat. You'll get a hug for sure.
     
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    That would be worth breaking the mount and the camera to put on the front of my Nikon.
    With $800 to spend why not a wide angle like a Sigma 10-20 and a Nikon 50 1.8, those are some fun lens to play around with and some great bang for the buck.
     
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    There are a lot of options for lenses - and it might be that though she does portrate and landscape now that she would like to do something that her current lenses don't let her. Lenses are also rather personal things - does she prefer zooms or primes - or only zooms for certain things.

    I would say the best way to approach this is to pick a maximum amount - phone her up and tell her she has X amount to spend on a lens either in a camera store or online - let her make the choice. Go with her to the shop/online to make the purchase, don't just hand over the money (that way you know your giving what you intend to give and not just sending over monies) and remember that she might use your monies as well as her own to help her get a more expensive lens.

    That is the way I would do things - it means that you can give her a lens that you know she wants, will use and get good fun out of (and hopefully some great shots too :))
     
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    It is real easy to get wide-eyed by a fantastic zoom lens or a tack sharp wide-angle but I do believe that a photo student would be well served by a 35mm f1.8 AFS-G, and some nice and useful accessories.
     
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    The 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX lens is an excellent choice (around $200). Add a good 52mm circular polarizing filter (up to $100), and you've spent the $300.

    Another possibility might be a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro or Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro for around $460 or the $400 Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro.
     
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    I would offer her to bring her to the local camera store and chose a lens with a max budget of $x

    That way, if there is something she REALLY wants and its a bit out of budget, she can maybe spring the extra $150 she needs on top of what you are offering and be totally happy.


    If she loves landscapes and street photog, I would think a wide angle is a great choice. The already mentionned Sigma 10-20 is well rating and would fit very well. I picked up a Canon 10-22 and I love the focal range for street and landscapes. A bit more than $300, but well worth it IMO

    Sigma | 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens | 201101 | B&H
     
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    Why not say a $500 gift certificate from B&H? That way she could get what she wanted. Which to me is the easiest fix for the problem. I know I ould like that as a gift.
     

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