Question about lenses

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  1. fred0000

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    I just bought a kit off of ebay for 2 lenses at an amazing price, mainly just wanted the one but couldent say no to the deal, so my question is, do i need all these lenses.
    -AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR (came with D90)
    -Tamron 75-300 AF f/4-5.6 (this was the lense I was after on purchase)
    -Sigma 18-50mm f3.5-5.6 DC HSM (this is the lense that "came with" the tamron)
    (a bit OT, but to buy the one lense I wanted was only like $5 CAD less then buying the 2 together so I call one a "freebie", both were brand new)

    my qestion is would it be worth keeping them all? i'm in no pinch for cash but I was almost thinkign that I would not need the Sigma 18-50mm since the nikkor 18-105mm covers that zoom range? and I could sell it, but maybe its worth while having all 3, maybe someone has some advice, thank you.
     
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    I would probably sell the 18-50; your 18-105 covers more range and both are the same speed. Assuming that quality of each lens is about the same, I would sell the 18-50, and put that cash towards your next lens, what ever that may be.
     
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    Yes, it's always worth wile to have overlapping lenses, especially when one is significantly shorter zoom range than the other.
     
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    Thank you for the fast replies, so 1 saying sell and 1 saying keep?, I was thinking of keeping it and using it as my "walk about lense" but it doesent seem like enough zoom for me? I really like how portable it makes the camera, the reason I was asking in the 1st place is cause I could sell the one lense for waht I paid for both of them. thank you guys.
     
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    My walk-around lens is either a 17-50, or a 30mm prime, so its really whatever fits your style. Try using them for a while and see if you find any pros and cons to each one. One might have a better range but the other may have faster autofocus, biuld quality may be different, etc... I you find that you like one much more than the other, than sell one and reinvest the money in new gear. I you find yourself using both, than keep em in your bag and be happy.

    overlap in focal lengths can be a good thing, it ads versatility and choices in different situations. I don't have any overlaps with my zoom lenses, but I do have primes within the same range, and I use both often, it just depends on the situation and my creative choices.


    Edit: I just noticed that you said "you are in no pinch for cash" so just keep both at least for a while, if you find one collecting dust for a several months then consider selling, but there are plenty of people who have dozens of lenses in the same focal length (like Battou :D)
     
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    :lmao: I can't deny that. I have a 135mm prime lens for every occation :lmao:

    *EDIT*
    • Canon FD 135mm 3.5
    • Canon FD 135mm 2.5
    • Sakar 135mm 2.8 (C/FD)
    • Canon FL 135mm 3.5
    • Focal 135mm 2.8 (M/MD)
    • Vivitar 135mm 2.8 (M-42)
     
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    It's would be hard for me to live without prime lenses, but I would consider the optics of each lens before determining if I would sell one. The best investments you can make in photography are in the glass because the lenses actually retain their value. The sigma 18-50 should be let go though, in my humble opinion. I love Nikon glass.
     
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    Thank you all ofr the responses and advice, greatly apreciated, I have the lense advertised online and if i get bites for it awesome, if not i can keep it, My girlfriend is considering a nikon DSLR and it would be nice to have some stuff to pass on to her so she can get a headstart, I will try it as my walk around lense. see how that goes
     
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    Usually posters contribute something helpful .........

    Anyhow, sell the 18-50, and pick up the new 35 1.8, for low light
     
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    i wish i had a D3X

    I think I have decided to just get rid of it, while its still basicly brand new and in the box. I tested it against the 18-105 and the 18-105 takes a bit wider angle picture, and that zoom range will be more convieniant and the VR for a walk about lense will be nice, I thank you all for the help. and everytime i do go out, if i have to take one lense, the nikkor 18-105 is always the one.

    thanks again
     
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    How is it wider? They are both 18.
     
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    I am aware of this, i put the camera on a tripod and took the same photo with each lense and the 18-105mm showed more crap then the 18-50mm did, if that makes sence. It may have been user error and it not even be possible, but even if i were wrong, its all good.
     

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