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 Post subject: new telephoto lens
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:53 pm 
hello ,

am on a budget and am thinking of getting a cheap telephoto lens , at the moment i have a 18-105 kitlens , and a 60mm macro nikkor ,

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-NIKON-55-300m ... 920wt_1139

or another brand like tamron 18-250mm or the nikkor 55-200 ,

what do you advise ,
(i have nikon d90)

thanks


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:55 pm 
On a budget just go for one of the Nikon 55-300's.

Depends what you are looking for really.

If your budget can stretch a little, Id get a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 non OS


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:18 pm 
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As you already own the 18-105, the 55-200 will not bring much benefit. It is not really low light capable and gives you less than 2 times extra reach. The suggestion Jeremy gave is sound advice.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:25 pm 
i googled the sigma lens you mentioned , it looks very good , although some said it lacks image stabilization , is there a similar one with f3,5 , i dont want to buy the nikkor on a rushed decision because of lack of other options :(


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:53 pm 
Lower f numbers are better, ie f2.8 is better than f3.5, because and f2.8 lens is the maximum it can open to, so an f2.8 can close down to f3.5, where as f3.5 cannot open up to f2.8.

I know it doesnt have stabilisation, thats what the OS means in Sigma language. There is an OS equivalent, but it is twice as much money.

The reason Id suggest f2.8 and no stabilisation above a slower lens with stabilisation is for a few reasons:

1.) You cant freeze motion with OS, just camera shake, so for shooting motion/sports f2.8 is awesome

2.) You can blow backgrounds out more for a more "professional" look

3.) F2.8 lenses hold their value more, I just sold a Nikon 70-200 for £150 more than I paid for it 6 months ago


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:17 pm 
iam checking the prices of the 2,8 lenses and they're much more expensive than my budget ( around 500 pounds) , my budget is around 250-300 max , what do you recommend in that price range


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:38 pm 
Stretch to £335 and you can get a 70-300 if you go here, make sure you ask for one of the AF-S ones :wink:

Or what Id personally do, keep saving, for now buy one of these to satisfy your curiosity at the long end for the time being, and then when you've got £550, sell it for £50 on eBay, and buy one of these


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:51 pm 
i went to the 2nd link and found some good deals , but how do i buy them ?
are they reliable ?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:55 pm 
All the links I posted are reliable and I have used many times.

Particularly Grays, is that the one you mean? 4 of the lenses in my signature came from that page (Shhh dont tell anybody Im a cheap skate and buy all my gear used)

Well I pop in seeing as I live in London, but phone them :)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:57 pm 
To be honest, mpbphotographic have some better deals, especially for your budget, but the customer service at Grays is unrivalled


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:18 pm 
i wish they had shipping , i live away and if want to go to london ill have to pay like 70pounds ... ill check both of them and see , thanks mate


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:27 pm 
They do ship Im sure, do you live in the UK?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:43 pm 
yea currently am studying in swansea , but i cant click on any of the items so i thought its just a physical store , cant find anything showing that i can create an account of if they ship :s


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:45 pm 
one more question , which is out of topic , i habe the d90 but i found the nikkor 50mm 1.8 , would it make a good day to day usage ? and would it be good for portraits on the d90 ?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:52 am 
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Simple answers, yes and no, yes it would work like you said, but no it depends on your own likes and dislikes.

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