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  1. #61
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    lens question

    wow, were you ever right on the complexity of this one! I am buying the Nikon D50 and I am wondering if the Sigma 18-200 is worthy of a carry around. My shots vary from family shots, party/gatherings (informal), outdoor hiking/backpacking/and waterplay. I am nowhere near a professional but clarity is important and I love closeups. So I am stuck on the convenience of the all purpose and unsure if it will suit my current needs since I am still learning...........

  2. #62
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    Question What about Wide Angle

    Rex,

    Any chance of adding a section on 'Wide Angle' lenses?

    Nikon 12-24mm f4 G DX AFS IF-ED
    Canon10-22mm f4-5.6 USM
    Sigma 10-20mm f4.5-5.6 EX DC HSM
    Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG
    Tamron 11-18mm f4.5-5.6 Di II
    Tokina 12-24mm f4 DX
    Olympus E-3 | Olympus E-1 | Olympus 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 | Olympus 50mm f2.0 Macro | Olympus 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 | Olympus FL-50R Flash

  3. #63
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    Yes, I just asked if anybody was interested a few days ago. I'll get to work on it.

  4. #64
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    Sorry Rex, must have mist that

    I is just I am having a real problem working out a 'limited budget kit'!

    Think I would like something that goes wider than the 18-70 Kit lens.

    Need something for low light indoor without flash, noted the 50mm f1.4 & f1.8 but worried that they are a bit on the long side. Possible Sigma 30mm f1.4 or Nikon 35mm f2. There are also the Sigmas at f1.8 for 20mm, 24mm & 28mm but really don't know.

    Not a huge Macro user but like the ability to do some shots now and again, but looking at dedicated lens prices I think one that is combined with a zoom may be better, or maybe a good manual lens might work quite well on a budget.

    Also need to cover the range upwards from 70mm of the kit lens, I don't want anything too big, but then I do want to be able to use it wide open at full reach. I think that one that reaches at least 200mm would be good and one that went to 300mm or even 400mm would be great. This would be used mostly outside in useable light conditions, although possible once in a blue moon may benefit for aome reasonable speed for low light/indoor use.

    Well that's my situation and what I 'think' I am looking for
    Olympus E-3 | Olympus E-1 | Olympus 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 | Olympus 50mm f2.0 Macro | Olympus 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 | Olympus FL-50R Flash

  5. #65
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    Added a rough draft of my take on the ultra wide lenses. In summary, they're all good, and what matters more is what you can spend and what fits best into what you already have. Since you have an 18-70, something that ends as close to 18 as possible would be best. Because of this the Tamron 11-18 may be the best fit, but if you want a faster lens, the Tokina 12-24 is better.

  6. #66
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    Thanks Rex
    Olympus E-3 | Olympus E-1 | Olympus 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 | Olympus 50mm f2.0 Macro | Olympus 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 | Olympus FL-50R Flash

  7. #67
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    I've made a tiny update to the telephotos in that I now added the Canon 70-300 IS (the new one) which has proven to quite a good lens. It's a much sharper lens than both the old version and the DO version, and I highly recommend it if you find the similarly priced 70-200 f/4 L too restrictive. I also expect the price of this lens to sink below $500 by next year, making it bargain.

  8. #68
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    While still now owning a DSLR myself, you've been such a big help, thanks!

  9. #69
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    Mini-update:

    It's taken me long enough, but I've finally addded the Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO as a budget telephoto lens. It's pretty much the only cheap telephoto lens that I could recommend.

  10. #70
    dschneiderch Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Rex914
    Mini-update:

    It's taken me long enough, but I've finally addded the Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO as a budget telephoto lens. It's pretty much the only cheap telephoto lens that I could recommend.
    First of all, great thread! It really gave me a good idea of what to work towards. Second, why do you recommend the Sigma 70-300 APO Macro over the Tamron 70-300 Macro? I'm looking to get a lense in this range for xmas but haven't been able to decide which; reviews go both ways (perhaps leaning towards the Sigma) but of 3 stores that I have walked into, none have carried the Sigma.
    Also, the newest sigma is a "DG" --optimized for DSLR's. I have a film rebel 2000. Since I don't understand how the optimization works, I'd like to know if I should steer clear of the DG and look for the older version (Super II). Will the DG not work well on a film camera? Thanks for the advice.

    Dominik

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