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New D-SLR Camera advice?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Alter, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Brian SD

    Brian SD Well-Known Member

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    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.


    I see. Of the options you presented, I would go for the 60mm based on its specs. Like I said I've never personally used it, but from what I'm reading it sounds like it should fit pretty well with what you're looking for.
     
  2. Renault78law

    Renault78law Well-Known Member

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    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.


    I agree with Brian. 85mm, especially on a crop sensor, is way too long for your intended purchase.
     
  3. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Well-Known Member

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    If you are looking for a low light portrait lens on your D90, you should buy the 50mm AFS 1.4
    I wouldn't use a macro lens for portrait, they are too sharp for "unperfect" skin.

    !luc
     
  4. imageWIS

    imageWIS Well-Known Member

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

    So, I imagine that LabelKing is in the process of purchasing it?
     
  5. Alias

    Alias Well-Known Member

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    They had some Nikon road show thing here so I went and bought a D90 kit which includes the 18-105 VR lens. Time to do some road tripping around Korea and take some nice pictures of rice paddies or whatever the hell is out there. Probably bears too. (I don't venture out of Seoul too often)
     
  6. BrooklynHighpost

    BrooklynHighpost Well-Known Member

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    How does the D5000 compare to the D90? Other than the kit lens.
     
  7. aqhong

    aqhong Well-Known Member

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    How does the D5000 compare to the D90? Other than the kit lens.
    They are generally pretty similar (same sensor, same AF system, etc.), but the D90 has an internal focus motor, so it can autofocus with older lenses; it also makes it slightly bigger, heavier, and more expensive. The only thing the D5000 really has over the D90 is the tilt/swivel LCD. That said, if you're even considering the D5000 (or any of the entry-level Nikons, i.e. below the D90), I'm guessing the lack of a built-in focus motor isn't a deal-breaker for you, so I'd just make a decision based on whether you'd rather have that (which would expand your lens options) or the tilt/swivel LCD.
     

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