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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 11:33 am 
This lense right here the Nikon-17-55mm-2-8G-ED-IF-Nikkor when or what kind of situations or events would you use this one for?

I just got a 50 mm 1.8 and happy with it.
I already have the VR 18-200.
Now I'm thinking of getting a lense that would be useful at night...but just mainly for family parties or gatherings. What would you guys recommend then? Situation: Regular party indoor/garden party at night with kids running around, guys having some drinks, girls chit-chatting, teen-agers dancing etc.... light situation I would say varies. Indoor lighting is bright, outdoor light i would is moderate to subtle to dim lighting.



In cases like this - What kind of wide angle lense would you recommend?

Thanks in advance...


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:09 pm 
Hi Lowranking
For night shots ? I thought your 50mm F1.8 would be able to cater this ?
If not wide enough, then the 18-200mm would be able to cater for this.
Perhaps, what you are lacking is a flashgun instead ?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:24 pm 
Personally, the 17-55mm 2.8 is stupidly expensive for what it is. I would say your money would be far better spent buying an SB600 or SB800 speedlight flash.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:02 pm 
I've read that people are not happy with the quality of their 17-55 for the price that they've paid. I think I read that on this forum actually but I can't seem to find the thread. The Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 has gotten good reviews.

Wouldn't your 50 f/1.8 be better at low light than the 17-55? I think your 18-200VR would be better as well with it's VR, if not as good?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 3:58 pm 
grahamnp wrote:
I think your 18-200VR would be better as well with it's VR, if not as good?


Well, yes and no. If he's planning on taking pictures of family/friends in low light situations then VR won't help very much. The 50mm f1.8 is better in low light but it probably won't be wide enough for a lot of indoor situations.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 9:09 pm 
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PS - I took the Gallery for the D200 with the 17-55mm f2.8 if you're interested in some samples...

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/NikonD200/page5.shtml


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:56 pm 
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PS - I took the Gallery for the D200 with the 17-55mm f2.8 if you're interested in some samples...


So... worth it or not? You seem uniquely qualified to help answer his question, seeing as you've used the lens.


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I'm afraid I only used it for those samples - I didn't run it through our whole suite of tests so can't really comment. It's a shame there's no VR on it, like Canon's EF-S 17-55mm f2.8... I guess it depends how much you want f2.8 in this range...


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:31 am 
You're all correct the 50 f 1.8 is extremely great... but you're all correct it's not wide enough...and unable to zoom.

What would you guys recommend then? Situation: Regular party indoor/garden party at night with kids running around, guys having some drinks, girls chit-chatting, teen-agers dancing etc.... light situation I would say varies. Indoor lighting is bright, outdoor light i would is moderate to subtle to dim lighting.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:54 am 
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This isn't a lens I have any personal knowledge of but, for useful wide-angle capability and a relatively fast aperture, the Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF received a pretty favourable reviews here and here and is relatively ( :!: ) affordable.

Then there are the lenses mentioned in Gordon's Nikkor kit lens group test.

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Hello lowranking. You should look after a wider large aperture prime, like the Sigma 30mm/f1.4 or even better Sigma 28/f1.8 or Sigma 24mm/f1.8.
For parties: the wider, the better - plus high ISO, not flash!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:47 am 
The tamron 17-50 2.8 lens seems to have some poor QC. Some people get a great one and others get a really bad one.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:39 pm 
I have used the 17-55mm but never owned it, it handles real well, but as for the price, it's pro caliber lens so if your doing it for a living it's worth it. Otherwise condiser a cheaper tamron 17-50 f/2.8.

Keep me posted! :D


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