New D-SLR Camera advice?

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

  1. dhc905

    dhc905 Senior member

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    ? When I'm walking around in a nature setting or the city, I probably use 150-200 more than any other mm-age. If anything, I agree with Luc that when walking around I could definitely use more than 200.

    If you require a 200mm lens for "walking around," you're doing something wrong.
     


  2. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    I most commonly use 18, 50, 70 and 135. I almost never go to 200.
     


  3. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    Taking candid shots fo my kids, I use more than 200.
    Otherwise, when I take my camera for a walk in the streets, I use a fixed 50.

    Trekking, I use fixed 24 and 50 mostly. Occasionally I use my lightweight 70-300.

    It really all depends what you shoot with your camera. Maybe the 18-200 is all you will need if you take only one lens. But I think it makes more sense to go a little wider with the 16-85 and buy a dedicated tele when you want to go over 85 (which rarely happens in my case).

    !luc
     


  4. smell n' tell

    smell n' tell Active Member

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    Definitely the D90.

    You might wanna check out the image stabilized version of Tamron's 17-50mm f/2.8 which is due to come out soon if you're looking for an standard zoom.
     


  5. dhc905

    dhc905 Senior member

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    I guess in Japan you can shoot people on the street without getting beaten up, but here in Chicago, you're safest at 200mm. [​IMG]

    I most commonly use 18, 50, 70 and 135. I almost never go to 200.
     


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  7. milosz

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    Maybe I'm a bigot, but short of specialized applications (sports, wildlife, etc.) anything beyond 135 is overkill and you're probably not relying on god-given technique (ie moving) enough. That's being generous, I'm inclined to say 105-135 belong in certain portraiture situations and nowhere else.
     


  8. Chiaroscuro

    Chiaroscuro Senior member

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    These are the important factors for me as well, which is why Nikon wins hands down. [​IMG]

    I could get used to nikon ergonomics (even though canon is better), but there is no way in hell you can say nikon menus are easier to navigate. Its like a fucking labyrinth.
     


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    lemme know when canon digs mirror lock up out of the menu and onto a button...or at least lets you assign it to one of the useless buttons they've recently added.

    just kidding!

    you can customize menus on any dslr.

    and stay away from superzooms and teles. it adds bulk and weight you probably don't need most of the time.
     


  10. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    These are the important factors for me as well, which is why Nikon wins hands down. [​IMG]
    +1 I like everything about Canon cameras except how they feel in my hand, the positioning of the buttons, and their menus. I don't own either, but when I went to test them out a while back, I was disappointed at how poorly the Canon fit my hand, and how little sense the drop down menu seemed to make to me. I'm sure I'd get used to the menu system, but it seemed awkward being the first time I'd used it.
     


  11. ManofKent

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    About lenses: for the D90, any opinions about spending the extra yen to get the 18-200 zoom version or is the standard 18-105 sufficient for most needs?

    The 18-105 is a better performer IMO. Considering the range the 18-200 covers it's pretty good but I'd rather have the 18-105 and a second longer lens. If you can afford it the 17-55 is a very nice DX lens, if I hadn't gone full-frame with the D700 I'd have been tempted.
     


  12. Alter

    Alter Senior member

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    So...I am now the proud owner of the Nikon d90 with the 18-200VR2 lens. [​IMG]

    Much appreciated for all of the opinions and debate but this one seemed to be the best match for my needs and budget.
     


  13. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    Good set-up man. That lens is serious business. It's one of the best deals out there in terms of versatility, mechanical quality and of course IQ.
     


  14. Luc-Emmanuel

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    So...I am now the proud owner of the Nikon d90 with the 18-200VR2 lens. [​IMG]

    Much appreciated for all of the opinions and debate but this one seemed to be the best match for my needs and budget.

    A good choice.

    !luc
     


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    So...I am now the proud owner of the Nikon d90 with the 18-200VR2 lens. [​IMG]

    Much appreciated for all of the opinions and debate but this one seemed to be the best match for my needs and budget.


    Remember to do a review or post some test pics. I'm interested in seeing what the VRII has to offer over the regular VR.
     


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