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New Glass!

Postby skiboarder72 » Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:06 am

After going back and forth between getting this lens or just skipping it and waiting until I can afford (and am strong enough for) a 70-200mm f2.8. I decided to go with the 85mm. First, the quality is just as good, if not better than the 70-200mm. Second, its one and a third stops faster than a 2.8. Thirdly, its about 1/4th the price of a 70-200mm. Fourth, its about 1/4th the weight of a 70-200mm. Granted it can't zoom, but with 12mp, a crop is always an option.

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I have been a big fan of my 50mm f1.8 lens for a long time. It is light, compact, cheap, and yields some of the most beautiful images I've taken. The only problem with it is that during events and weddings I have to get up pretty close to the action. The 85mm gives me that extra reach that lets me capture the moment without disturbing it.

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Re: New Glass!

Postby chris270 » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:14 am

The quality of my 85mm 1.8 is good but wouldn't compare to my 70-200mm 2.8...must be a nikon thing.
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Re: New Glass!

Postby skiboarder72 » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:47 am

chris270 wrote:The quality of my 85mm 1.8 is good but wouldn't compare to my 70-200mm 2.8...must be a nikon thing.


I shot them side by side in the store, the 85mm at f2.8 destroys the 70-200mm @ 2.8, wide open, they seem pretty comparable though

Thanks for the recommendation though :up:
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Re: New Glass!

Postby Matt » Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:37 am

congrats on the new glass.
I feel ~100mm equiv prime is an essential step. Probably more so than the 50mm.
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Re: New Glass!

Postby skiboarder72 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:09 am

Matt wrote:congrats on the new glass.
I feel ~100mm equiv prime is an essential step. Probably more so than the 50mm.


Yea the focal length is a lot more interesting, its about 130mm :up:
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Re: New Glass!

Postby Bill_K » Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:16 am

My daughter is getting married in the Spring and wants me to shoot the wedding, which I nervously agreed to help save on expenses. What lens do you recommend as the best for weddings? Also, I've heard you can rent lenses. Does anyone know where or can you recommend a place and know the cost?
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Re: New Glass!

Postby Matt » Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:41 am

You can rent from Adorama (look under departments)
A bounce flash would be a useful thing too.
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Re: New Glass!

Postby cascade » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:07 am

You can rent locally from Hahn Photographic. They are on Dewey Ave.
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Re: New Glass!

Postby cascade » Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:31 pm

I thought this might interest you Bill seeing how this is your first wedding to photograph,
50 ‘Must Have’ Wedding Photography Shots
http://digital-photography-school.com/50-must-have-wedding-photography-shots
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Re: New Glass!

Postby Bill_K » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:10 pm

cascade wrote:I thought this might interest you Bill seeing how this is your first wedding to photograph,
50 ‘Must Have’ Wedding Photography Shots
http://digital-photography-school.com/50-must-have-wedding-photography-shots


Thank you...may come in handy as a check list.
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