Quick question about WHAT LENSES ARE GREAT?

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  1. shopgurl

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    I have a Nikon D50 with a 50mm lens. I am limited to shooting with this lens! I love shooting outdoors so what size lens should I look into purchasing for this camera? Your advice is greatly appreciated!!
     
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    well it depends. Do you find yourself needing to go out wider than 50mm? or longer?
     
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    No matter the lens you'll be restricted.
     
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    Do you need a wider angle lens or a larger telephoto lens?
     
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    unless you get a super zoom 28-200 or something of that effect. but then the sacrafice is quality.
     
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    Well I guess a 10-500mm f/1.4 would suit most situations I can think of... but if it existed it would probably be the size of a car so again you'd be limited :)

    Basically what we're saying is that there are many lenses which might be described as "great". At the same time there is no single lens that is perfect for every conceivable use. "Outdoors" covers quite a lot of potential subjects and environments... what kind of shots do you think you would be mostly taking? What lenses/cameras have you previously used and what focal lengths did you find yourself using the most?
     
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    Sounds like you might like a zoom lense. That said there are still a lot of options. This lense is pretty decent for all around shooting. Granted, it's far from a professional lense, but it's a decent value and you could get one cheap on ebay.
     
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    28-200 is a large zoom
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...215&is=USA&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...590&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation

    or if that isn't enough

    28-300
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...309&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation

    the only problem with these is that the more of a zoom it is (the 28-200 is a 7X zoom, max focal length divided by min focal length = 200/28=~7) the more the optical quality suffers. Most large zooms like that, you'll find that the higher focal lengths get soft, so for the 300mm focal length, your pictures are going to have a natural softness and not be sharp. Also lenses like that introduce distortion, barrel distortion at the wide end, pincusion at the high end.

    but, you have to make a sacrafice somewhere.
     
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    Sorry to go OT but...Eric, your avatar is a riot! I had a friend in jr. high that had a Himalayan and she shaved it. It was never right in the head after that. LOL.
     
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    Wow, all your advice is great! So the more zoom there is, the more distortion in the quality of images? Thank you for your advice. I was looking at an 18-70mm and it seemed just right for me (for now). Thank you!
     
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    Hi:

    I’m going through the same dilemma you are going through. Telephoto lenses, particularly in the price range that we are looking at, distort – especially above 90mm (135mm-film.) However, in my humble opinion, that should not be the deciding factor between one lens and the other.

    The 18-70 goes up to 70mm. Period. If the 18-135 distorts beyond 70mm, do not use it. On the other hand, you always have the ability, distortions or not, to go beyond 70mm. The 18-70 does not, even if you need it.

    To me the most important consideration is aperture. The 18-70 is at f/4.5 (70mm) while the 18—135 is at f/5.6. Is the difference worth sacrificing the great focal range that the 18-135 provides? I simply do not know or can make up my mind. One thing is that I hate to change lenses because of the dust that gets inside. With the 18-135 you can change lenses in a controlled environment like indoors because of the focal range that gives you. Very seldom, in my opinion and experience, you go beyond 135mm (205mm-film,) ithat is provided you have a lens that goes beyond 135mm.

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    I'm currently considering a move to DSLR & researching wide angle lenses as Landscape photography is pretty much 100% of my interest.

    The Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II Lens seems to get excellent reviews, although it costs as much as some bodies

    simon
     

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