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post #46 of 67
ugh, i am in a nest of nikoners. Congratulations on your purchase though, good lens choice.
post #47 of 67
Thread Starter 
Time for a new lens:

Any opinions on which of these would be better for a general lens to have for walking around as well as some detailed close-ups of food or candid portraits?:

AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR

OR

AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED
post #48 of 67
^ May I suggest the Canon 5200mm? Note the camera is on the right.
post #49 of 67
60mm is going to be a better general purpose lens on a crop body, getting you a 90mm equivalent.
post #50 of 67
Agreed. I don't have experience with either of the lenses. Alter have you considered the 35mm DX 1.8? It's under $200 and produces remarkably good results. The only issue it has is purple fringe but the D90 has built-in fringe eliminator.
post #51 of 67
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Time for a new lens: Any opinions on which of these would be better for a general lens to have for walking around as well as some detailed close-ups of food or candid portraits?: AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR OR AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED
assuming your dslr is aps-c, they're both too long for a "walking around" lens. the 85mm is better for close-ups of food, the 60mm is better for portraits. either one would be fine for both purposes, but i would get the 85mm because it's lighter, has vr, and is a newer design.
post #52 of 67
I'm wondering why the 18-200 isn't serving you well as a walking-around lens? Is it just too big? The thing was designed intentionally with walking around in different situations in mind. The point of the superzoom is so that you don't have to be switching lenses for shooting different things, you'll never miss a shot and don't risk opening up your camera to the elements while you change lenses.
post #53 of 67
What do you folks think of the Pentax K-x as an entry-level D-SLR? I'm thinking about adding it to my Xmas wishlist
post #54 of 67
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Originally Posted by JetBlast View Post
^ May I suggest the Canon 5200mm? Note the camera is on the right.


How much does that thing cost?
post #55 of 67
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What do you folks think of the Pentax K-x as an entry-level D-SLR? I'm thinking about adding it to my Xmas wishlist

I've got a Pentax K20D (that I keep meaning to put on Ebay, actually). The K-x is similar in ergonomics, so I'll just comment on that - I like that they're making small, light bodies. Viewfinder on the K20D is good for a crop-sensor camera. Lens selection is very good with Pentax, they've focused on producing lenses that fit well with the size of the body and offering prime lenses that work well with the crop factor (ie a 35/2.8 macro - which is like having a 50mm macro on a 35mm body).
post #56 of 67
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How much does that thing cost?

If you have to ask, it's probably too much. Although it is apparently an old lens judging by the camera attached to it.

http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/0...mm-mirror.html

"Canon made this 5200mm lens several years ago, capable of taking photographs of objects '18 to 32 miles away.'"
post #57 of 67
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I've got a Pentax K20D (that I keep meaning to put on Ebay, actually). The K-x is similar in ergonomics, so I'll just comment on that - I like that they're making small, light bodies. Viewfinder on the K20D is good for a crop-sensor camera. Lens selection is very good with Pentax, they've focused on producing lenses that fit well with the size of the body and offering prime lenses that work well with the crop factor (ie a 35/2.8 macro - which is like having a 50mm macro on a 35mm body).

Thanks!
post #58 of 67
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Brian SD View Post
I'm wondering why the 18-200 isn't serving you well as a walking-around lens? Is it just too big?

The thing was designed intentionally with walking around in different situations in mind. The point of the superzoom is so that you don't have to be switching lenses for shooting different things, you'll never miss a shot and don't risk opening up your camera to the elements while you change lenses.

The 18-200 is excellent and is truly a great lens as an all-in-one walkaround....but the only time I have felt a need for something different is for close-up shots or to get a little more clarity for some candid portraits. In truth, it is the macro feature that I am most interested in but figure I should get something that also has the versatility to be a walkaround lens if I don't feel like bringing the zoom with me as well.

Based on the above comments, and some other research, I am leaning for the 60mm but plan to drop by a shop to test drive a couple of lenses before deciding.

As always, thanks for the comments...very helpful to get other insights.
post #59 of 67
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Originally Posted by JetBlast View Post
If you have to ask, it's probably too much. Although it is apparently an old lens judging by the camera attached to it.

http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/0...mm-mirror.html

"Canon made this 5200mm lens several years ago, capable of taking photographs of objects '18 to 32 miles away.'"

I found the price, $55,000. And old lens does not equal bad.
post #60 of 67
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I found the price, $55,000. And old lens does not equal bad.

Certainly not, although you would probably have to hire an indentured servant to focus it for you.
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