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  1. #1
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    Question Is it possible to have "too nice" a lens?

    I have often wondered: If once you have a really great lens in your collection, that you tend to favor that lens ... even though it is the "wrong" lens for a shot? Or even worse, you don't take particular shots because that lens won't work for you.

    I am beginning to feel this is happening to me ... and it is getting expensive as hell!

    Once bitten ...
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Nope! No such thing. ... Although, I did use my Olympus 11-22 for... let's see... every one of the 1000-1100 shots I took in Europe this summer

    ... Wait, I deny everything... It's simply not true!

    Nikon: D300, D700, Nikkor: 24-70, 70-200, 70-300/VR, 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4G, 60/2.8G, 180/2.8,
    Sigma: 10-20, 50-150/2.8, 50/2.8, Tamron: 17-50/2.8, 28-75/2.8, Tokina: 12-24, Zeiss: 25/2.8
    Olympus: E-520, E-3, 7-14, 9-18, 11-22, 12-60, 14-35/2, 14-54, 35-100/2, 50-200, 25/2.8, 35/3.5, 50/2
    Panasonic: G1, Leica: 14-50, 14-150, 25/1.4
    Sony: A700, A900, 24-85, 35-70, 70-210/4, 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 50/2.8, T 90 macro, Zeiss: 24-70/2.8, 135/1.8
    P&S: Canon S90, Panasonic: LX3


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    Exclamation one nice lens too many?

    I do fear this with the new 18-250. Just because it can do it all, should it? I really like the images with my Minolta 35-105N, and its size and weight will keep it valuable. I will 'need' a faster tele at some point, and perhaps now that the 18-250 is in the bag I can buy a Beercan w/o worrying about its weight; it would only come out on special occasions.
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    I do that with my 50mm, I use it for absolutely everything because its my nicest lens.
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    Don let me borrow your CZ lens oh for 3 or 4 months, and I will let you know if the same thing starts to happen to me!
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    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
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    Hey, pal ... get one of your own. LOL These lenses make you appreciate your camera in a whole new way ... and make you want to get better glass for the rest of the focal range. Unfortunately ... that is usually financially painful.

    I guess no one wants to save a buck on lenses, though. I thought I offered up a pretty fair idea for these. So it goes ...
    Last edited by DonSchap; 12-06-2008 at 09:14 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  7. #7
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    BTW, as an idea of how much I like my Olympus 11-22 lens, at one point, I didn't even have to think about how to answer this question:

    What would be the one lens you would run back into your (slowly) burning house to save?

    The answer was automatic: Oly 11-22.

    Now, I'd have to think a lot harder with some much more expensive glass I have acquired since then (Oly 14-35/2 and 35-100/2, Zeiss 24-70/2.8 and 135/1.8... the Oly 14-35/2 being my favourite out of those four). But it still might be the Oly 11-22. It has taken probably 90% of my favourite pictures and fondest memories in my entire collection.
    Last edited by e_dawg; 12-06-2008 at 11:37 PM.

    Nikon: D300, D700, Nikkor: 24-70, 70-200, 70-300/VR, 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4G, 60/2.8G, 180/2.8,
    Sigma: 10-20, 50-150/2.8, 50/2.8, Tamron: 17-50/2.8, 28-75/2.8, Tokina: 12-24, Zeiss: 25/2.8
    Olympus: E-520, E-3, 7-14, 9-18, 11-22, 12-60, 14-35/2, 14-54, 35-100/2, 50-200, 25/2.8, 35/3.5, 50/2
    Panasonic: G1, Leica: 14-50, 14-150, 25/1.4
    Sony: A700, A900, 24-85, 35-70, 70-210/4, 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 50/2.8, T 90 macro, Zeiss: 24-70/2.8, 135/1.8
    P&S: Canon S90, Panasonic: LX3


  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    I have often wondered: If once you have a really great lens in your collection, that you tend to favor that lens ... even though it is the "wrong" lens for a shot? Or even worse, you don't take particular shots because that lens won't work for you.

    I am beginning to feel this is happening to me ... and it is getting expensive as hell!

    Once bitten ...
    there is absolutely no such thing as a lens that is too nice. there is also no such thing as a lens that is the "wrong" lens for the shot. when i was learning phtoography back at school...a looooonggggg time ago, our teacher forbid anyone from using a zoom lens. out assignments were with primes. his feeling was that you think harder about your compositions and angles and you are not as lazy. i still carry that same thought today, 20 odd years later.

    i've often wondered at you choice of substandard tamron glass. imo you waste so much money on those boat anchors chasing value, if you just ditched em all you could have 3 or 4 pieces of beautiful glass rather than 10 or 15 very ordinary pieces of glass. most of them covering similar focal lengths.

    there is NO substitute for top glass. none whatsoever. often times buying the "value" alternative is just a miseconomy in the long run.

    lets hope that this revelation you may be having changes your mind on buying and selling, (constantly pushing), tamron rubbish.
    Last edited by Rooz; 12-07-2008 at 01:08 AM.
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    Ouch!.....

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    hey...dont shoot the messenger !
    Don's the one that bought an exceptional lens ! now he's in big trouble. HUGE. lol
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