Time for a new lens

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  1. keaja

    keaja TPF Noob!

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    Hey everyone!
    Well, I get my paycheck Friday and am tempted to get a new lens. I have a 28-90mm lense that came with my Nikon 65, Which I bought in july.
    I talked to the lady at my local Ritz Camera, and she recommended I go for a 70-300 MM Lens, as I wont lose speed, and I will gain zoom.

    To me, speed is one of the most important things. Almost all of my pictures are of planes, or from a plane. I took alot of pictures in San diego if airliners landing, but alot of them came out blurry, I don't know whether it was my lens, or whether the fact that I was only using 400 Speed Film.
    I know if I get too much zoom, I will probably need a tripod. Pretty hard to fit a tripod into the cockpit of the plane types I fly lol.

    I was wondering what you guys would recommend for a good combination of speed, and zoom.

    I saw this, http://www.ritzcamera.com/webapp/wc...0001&langId=-1&productId=7398976&cmCat=SEARCH But I might break the bank :D

    Any suggestions on good amount of zoom, and speed? So far it seems like that lense might be the best choice for me.

    Another idea I had, was to have different lens for different applications. Like a 70-300MM for in the air and moving targets, and a bigger lens for on the ground. The problem I encountered with a lense for the ground, is I need a fast lens, but good zoom. I checked out the Sigma 600mm-1000mm but it seems like it would be too slow.

    Today, I was flying out of Sacramento with my instructor, and we kept going on a course of west. 40 minutes later, we leave the valley, and I see the San Francisco Bay. It was a simply breahtaking view, saw the golden gate and everything. Unfortunetly I didn't have my camera. I wanna bring it tomorrow though :) On our way back, we flew by Travis Air Force Base, and I saw a C-5 Galaxy takeoff. It was amazing, it looked like it was just hovering in mid air.


    Thanks guys!
     
  2. voodoocat

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    Well you're not going to get a fast lens if you buy a zoom lens. At the longest focal length you're going to get f5.6 or higher. Unless you spending mucho $$$

    Oh, that lens you posted is F6.3 at 500mm. Also that is a HUGE amount of zoom. It may not be as sharp as you would like.
     
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    If you look at the f # listed on the lens you can see what the f-stop range is. This lens is 135-400MM F4.5-5.6 which means at 135mm your lowest aperature is 4.5 at 400mm it is 5.6.
     
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    So the lower the F# the faster it is correct? Sorry im a newb :D
     
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    You got it!

    Speaking in terms of fast....

    I don't think anything slower than 3.5 could be considered fast. I don't think you're going to find a long focal length lens that will be that fast, unless you spent some major money. Just looking at keh.com's used selection.

    Longest zoom from nikkor appears to be an 80-400 F4.5-5.6 for about $1500

    500mm F4 lens ~$6,000

    400mm F2.8 lens ~$5,000

    300mm F4 lens ~$400

    As far as non-nikkor lenses go, the longer focal length lenses seem to be fairly slow
     
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    Sweet thanks alot. I am going to take my camera with me tomorrow, and pick up some 800 film to see how the pictures come out.
    If they come out clear and clean, then I will probably pick up that 70-300mm lense, I think its only like $170.

    Thanks alot!
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I think the most important second lens a 35mm photographer can have is a fast 50mm lens. A 50mm f/2 will be dirt cheap, and faster won't be much more. It's small so it takes up very little room in your bag, and it's very versatile.

    I won't leave home without mine.
     
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    I totally agree. I have a 1.7 50mm lens and 90% of my photos are taken with it. It's so damn sharp.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I use my Pentax(K mount) 50mm f/1.7 all the time. I mean, I love my zoom lens during the day, but f/5.6 just doesn't cut it at night. It cost me $25.

    I have an adapter that lets me use Pentax screwmount lenses on my K mount cameras. I picked up a screwmount 50mm f/1.4 for $18. It has a radioactive inner element that has turned yellow. But it's okay by me because I just shoot BW with it. Besides, the bands I shoot dig it when I'm screwing this ancient hunk of glass and metal onto a modern camera body, and I'm telling them how I'm breaking out the special radioactive lens just for them.
     
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    Hey guys,
    This 50MM seems very cool. I looked in Ritzcamera.com and they want $200 for this piece :shock: Does anyone know of a reputable dealer online I can order a 50MM 1.7F, for a Nikon 65?
    Thanks!
     
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    Since Ritz took 10 days to get me my slides, I decided to forget them. They are high priced.

    keh.com has quite a few Ex+ for less than $100. and a new one for $110.
     

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