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  1. shivaswrath

    Practicality: Nikon 24-70mm vs. 70-200mm

    I have both the VR2 70-200 and 24-70 on a D90 (used to have a D200, but couldn't resist a better sensor for the loss of some minor things) . . . -70-200 VR2 is on my D90 almost 85% of the time when I am shooting couples or outdoor events; it's sharp wide open, enables nice distance from my...
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    tokina 11-16 f2.8 --- how is it?

    IF you get a good copy, you will be blessed with sharpness and joy beyond belief. . .at 2.8, it's SHARP as a tack at the center. . .but corners (if you are pixel peeping) are slighly soft. . .by 3.2 (1 stop above), it's sharpened up considerably, and by 4.0, negligible. . . But I had to go...
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    Nikon 85mm 1.8D or 50mm 1.4?

    to the OP, depends on your budget and needs - frankly 2 very different lenses. . .the 85 on the D300 is a moderate telephoto and a tight portrait at best . . the 50 1.4 is a great portrait on the D300, hardly a "normal" prime. . . I have the 35 1.8 and 50 1.4 as my prime's. . .and have debated...
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    Getting frustrated with Nikon ... so, what about Canon, then?

    you should def check out Canon's, I'm not saying they are crap, I'm just saying that at the 40/50D level and below, I believe that their AF system is inferior to comparable D300-D200-D90-D80 offerings, that's all. I firmly believe the 1D mk3 STILL gives the D3 a run for its money both in speed...
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    Nikon 10-24mm Lens

    i agree with the fixed aperture comment - especially at the long end, the difference between f/4 and f/5.6 is substantial. . .personally, I would give the Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 a try, and if it's soft, get it "recalibrated" by Sigma; the Tokina 11-16 is an option as well, same situation, usually...
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    What happened to the 40D?

    and their pro models are AMAZING!! the 1d 3 is still king of speed for ANY pro model (nikon or canon). . .10fps, 51 AF points, and amazing high ISO performance. . .if it weren't for my investment in Nikon lenses/gear and the need for expensive canon lenses. . .
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    Sigma 50mm F/1.4

    Jerry - did you try out the 50 1.4G from Nikon? That is a sharp lens on the D700 for sure! congrats. . .
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    Getting frustrated with Nikon ... so, what about Canon, then?

    you're shooting with the wrong body, and by and large, Canon's AF system on their semi-pro level bodies (40D, etc.) are a lot slower than comparable Nikkor offerings (D200, etc.)
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    Sigma 18-250 HSM OS / First Photos

    WOW - that is really impressive, it AF's with a D40x? My mom's been bugging me about a "super" zoom lens, might get her this for her bday. . .
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    d200, d90 or something else?

    just an fyi, BestBuy has the D200 for $599 right now, add it to the cart, and the discount will be taken. . .I just "upgraded" from my D40x for $618 (shipping and tax!). . .absurd how much easier it is to use a D200 over a D40x, hate the menu's!!
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    Which to buy survey: 5D2 or 1D3

    I really feel like we're comparing apples to oranges. . .the 1D3 is standard issue for photojournalists, 10fps, super rugged, and built to thunk around. . . .5D2 is quite the opposite, not very fast, no crop factor, and suited for the landscaper, wedding shooter, or studio nut. . .
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    PC Mouse for Photoshop

    I've been using, thanks to my repeated stress injury of typing and PS'ing, the Microsoft Natural Laser 6000. . .it has 5 buttons, and is EXTREMELY PS friendly, especially the magnifier button for when you are outlining, etc. . . I was, due to my RSI, restricted to ergonomic mice though. . .
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    Screw the D5000

    good timing too, the price of D90's are going up across the board to increase separation from the D5000. . . oh well. . . I continue to wait, and have clients question my small body :-)
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    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 VS Sigma 18-50 f2.8

    have no clue, I borught it back to "life" simply because I was doing a cursory comparison, and price is a huge factor when setting up your photo biz initially, so the Sigma makes a lot of sense compared to the others. . .
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    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 VS Sigma 18-50 f2.8

    sigma is the cheapest of the bunch, btw. . .$369 is a steal compared to $500-600 for Tamron or Tokina. . .
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    AM I WRONG!?!?!?!?!

    Nice strategy, I might hit you up on PM for some q's. . . I've been getting the family freebies for a bit, which I don't mind and have used to leverage contacts (Indians are BIG into BIG parties, so my info is out there), but my pricing is poo because I intro'ed myself on the cheap end. . .so I...
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    HighSpeed SD cards vs. classic SD ones

    I would recommend a 8gb high speed for sure. . .I recently got a 16gb class 4 and ONLY WHEN PUSHED do I notice it taking longer to fill up (buffer ceiling I assume). . .not the case for the 8gb class 6 (Sandisk Ultra III is class 6 right?). . .adorama has specials on them as well right now. . .
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    Nikon 55-200mm VR Af-S DX....guess what i picked one up for!

    it's a pretty slow lens, but has amazing saturation and depth when shot in good lighting. . .I bought mine new several years ago (2007?) for $219 - so your deal is a complete steal!!
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    opinion...D90m or D300 for weddings?

    and to be fair, if you try them out (weight, size, analog buttons, etc.) you might find the D90 will suffice. . .frankly, at about $800 for the D90 and $1500 for the D300, you could get the D90 + Tamron or Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 for the price of one D300, which is essential in weddings. . . .2...