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 Post subject: Which lens?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:16 am 
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Hi there.

I have a Nikon D3000 and I'm looking to get a lens to help out with wedding/family portrait photography. I currently have a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f1.4G lens which is great, but as it has no zoom capability, I'm sometimes restricted.

If anyone has any recommendations on lenses whether they be Nikon, Tamron, Sigma or any others, that would be great.

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 Post subject: Re: Which lens?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:42 am 
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Hi drewcox welcome to the forum.

Without a budget it's going to be difficult to recommend a lens for you. It will also depend on what else you want to use the lens for, what other lenses you already have, etc.

If the price of the lens doesn't matter to you I would have a look at a 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens.

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 Post subject: Re: Which lens?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:54 am 
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Great I'll check it out. I've got up to £1300 give or take but If i can avoid spending that much it's a bonus.

Thanks very much


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 Post subject: Re: Which lens?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:08 pm 
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Do you often shoot in low light conditions? If not you could look at cheaper options. Also look at the weight of each lens and how easy it is to carry them.

With a budget of £1,300 you can buy just about any lens. It's a good idea to invest in quality lenses as they will last a lot longer than your camera body.

If you plan to upgrade to FX in the future I'd be looking at the FX lenses only.

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 Post subject: Re: Which lens?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:59 pm 
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Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that a Canon lens?

If it is a Canon lens he wouldn't be able to mount it on his Nikon D3000.

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 Post subject: Re: Which lens?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:16 am 
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Cujo, I will correct you then, take a look here:
Nikkor AF-s 24-70G f/2.8

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 Post subject: Re: Which lens?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:58 pm 
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Well, I would recommend the 18-200mm. It's a great all around lens and comes fairly lower than your budget.

If, however, you're looking for something along the "professional quality" go with the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm 1:4G ED VR
I've rented that for 2 weddings and have been really pleased.

However... you can never EVER go wrong with a Fisheye: Nikon Fisheye AF Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D
That was ridiculously fun to use.

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 Post subject: Re: Which lens?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:22 am 
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Sorry but I disagree with you there: an 18-200 has a small maximum aperture, while wedding photographers need all the light they can get. A zoom lens like a 24-70/2.8 has way more to offer in low light situations, and it is optically superior too. The 18-200 has never been known for brilliant optical quality, just for versatility.

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 Post subject: Re: Which lens?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:46 pm 
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If your sorted out by now, then no big problem. however. .

As you specifically mention zoom and a budget of around £1300 ukp, I would suggets the 70-200 f2.8 VRii

If you know the venue and you can get in close then great your prime is gonna work, however you may need to shot from the back of the church or the balcony. Low light is def gonna be your main problem so you'll need fast and f2.8 will give you that coupled with the VRII it will blow you away.

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