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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:15 pm 
hey everyone
i`m buying a new lens and i need your help in choosing one
i got a DX body " nikon d7000 "
50mm f/1.8 lens ( it`s very close indoor )
and sold my 18-105mm cause i`ve been using it for 2 years with d90 and i really don`t like it ( very plastic and useless in low light )
i`d get 24-70mm but it`s out of my budget
so i was thinking of buying 35mm f1.8 or 24mm f/2.8 D
prime lenses give the sharpest thing in very less price but it`s prime so can i walk around with only those 2 lenses and maybe buy a tokina 11-16 or something wide angel later ?
or i should get a zoom lens not prime ? or even both ?

hope you help me making my decision

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:20 pm 
20,35,50. Pick one....

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:23 pm 
already got 50mm
24mm sounds good also and cheaper

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:32 pm 
Make sure you try before you buy- the d7000's resolution will reveal a lens' imperfections very quickly.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:32 pm 
Depends on how and when you want to use it.
indoor 24mm and 35mm are great. and 24mm can maybe be used for landscaping too even 35mm in some situation.

50mm is better for walk around outside and portets. It will be difficult to make pictures of birds and animals and things like that. So 24mm,35mm and 50mm are all not long enough for the zoo most of the time.

Just decide whats important to you and buy the lens.
And I agree that the D7000 is very picky on what lens it got.
35mm F1.8 will be fine regarding sharpness on a d7000. Will only be really sharp from F3.5 and upwards though.

I only have used the 35mm on my D7000 so cant comment on 50mm f1.4, 50mm f1.8 or 24mm.

Maybe even consider a 70-300mm lens and 1 or 2 primes.
For example 24mm and 50mm. 70-300mm is a very good lens but D7000 can be brutal and mercyless on the results (imagine what happens if you use a crappy kit lens).

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:41 pm 
thnx guys
well i thought about the birds and those shots that requires an extra zoom , since i don`t need that alot i guess i`ll get 55-200mm or 70-300mm later when i need that.

what i do usually is shooting people indoor/outdoor ( travel , parties , modeling .. ) and landscapes

the gear i think i`ll be having is

wide angel lens like tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
nikkor 20mm or 24mm f/2,8 D or 35mm f/1.8
my 50mm f/1.8

actually i`m confused and all i can say is that i don`t recommend the 18-105mm

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:46 pm 
Nikon D7000 really wants a good lens. Just look at what focal lenght you need the most and buy that prime. (and read the lens reviews first of course). If you already have a 50mm and plan on buying a 11-16mm zoom i would say 24mm fits perfectly in between regarding focal length. Dont know how good it is in image quality. Also not really sure how it behaves with people pictures.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:50 pm 
i`m reading alot of reviews .
i guess there`s no prime lens for really landscapes shoots so i guess i`ll have to buy something like tokina 11-16mm later.

there fore i`m trying to figure out a lens that`s the best for walk around and not being too close ( the only issue i face using my 50mm )

i believe 28mm is the most suitable prime for walk around among with the 50mm and wide angel lens later for portraits ?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:55 pm 
It is a problem we all have. Which lens to buy. It drives us all mad sometimes.

You want the sharpest pictures but yet the best range and zoom.
Alas, it doesnt exist, not at your budget anyway..

BTW, I dont think wide angle is good for portraits. Maybe try what happens with your 50mm. If it is to much "in subjects face" consider a 85mm or 105mm macro lens. Will be nice for the flowers and butterflies too.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:57 pm 
yup it drives us mad !
if photographing was my job i`d pick 4 things without knowing a thing
full frame dslr

but since it`s out of my budget the thinking and asking starts :roll:

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:09 am 
Prime is better image quality and compromise on flexibility, zoom is better flexibility and compromise on image quality.

So if you want a jaw dropping photo where people falling backwards when they watch it spent your money on primes (once you are used to that image quality you wont settle for less anyway).

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:15 pm 
i just called the store and the guy who works there really got me confused .
the problem that my camera haven`t arrive yet and they are out of stock so they have to order for me so in that case i can`t try neither of those lenses,what he said :
35mm f/1.8 is a DX lens therefore it`ll give me exact 35mm on my DX dslr ( d7000) .
while the 28mm f/2.8 is an FX lens which means it`ll give me ( 28*1.5=42mm) on my d7000.

so the 35mm f1.8 lens will give me a wider angel than the 28mm D lens on my DX body ?

i thought all kind of lenses will give a multiplied focal length , like my 50mm f1.8 D is giving me 75mm on my d7000
also my previous 18-105mm lens , at 18mm it`s like 27mm so :arrow: the 35mm f1.8 lens on a DX body is like 52.5mm or 35mm :roll: :roll: :roll:

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:29 pm 

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he is stupid...
35mm lens (no matter what is the other specification on the lens) on a body that has a full frame sensor, or a film roll in will be 35mm lens.. but on a body like d7000, that has a smaller sensor (1.5 times smaller) it will look like you put 35x1.5=52,5mm lens on a full frame body...

DX lens is just a type of lens that is created for small sensor camera, and the image coming from the lens will cover the small sensor, but if you put it on a full frame camera the image won't appear on full surface of the sensor, but only in middle..

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:52 pm 
yea that what i know !
but he was so damn sure , he`s like 35mm lens is a DX which will give you a wider angel than the 28mm D lens on your d7000 , so i was like so dude you mean the 35mm dx lens would be as if i`m at the 23mm with my previous 18-105mm kit lens or in other words the 28mm D lens is like standing at the 42mm of my 18-105mm lens ?

damn this guy used to be smart what happened to him or did i fool my self during those 5 years of photographing

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:05 pm 
yeah, he's just flat out wrong...

what's your budget? If you could afford a fast zoom lens it might be able to do everything for you.... i think something like a 17-55 or 24-70 on your current (D90) body would suit you a lot better than any of the combinations you're talking about on the D7000...

if you still want to upgrade cameras down the line, you could upgrade to the d7000 or something similar, and still have some very nice fast glass to go with it... the 17-55 2.8 costs about as much as a D7000, and the 24-70 2.8 costs about what a d7000 plus the profit of selling your 18-105 would get you...

Personally i'd go for the 24-70 on the D90, and then if you feel you need more camera later on that's easy enough to upgrade too, but in 5 years the 24-70 will still be a fantastic lens, and the D7000 maybe very well be "out of date"... and to be honest, the D7000 is nice, and a step up in almost every aspect of the D7000, but what exact feature on it really warrants the extra cost?

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