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Unread 02-14-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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What to spend my tax return on...

So I am going to buy a new lens...the main question is which one...

Currently I use a Nikon 50mm 1.8
I also use the kit lens that came with my camera...a 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6

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I shoot more than just cosplay stuff...I really wanna buy a macro lens. I was looking at the Nikon 60 mm and 105mm...as well as a sigma 105.

But should I possibly be thinking about replacing the kit lens? I really like it because of the focal range...I hate the low light performance... I also know someone who is selling a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G.

My question is what would all of you do...upgrade your kit lens or get a lens that does something none of your others can.
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Unread 02-14-2013, 01:04 PM   #2
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What sort of lighting gear do you have?

If you don't have a Speedlight, get one.

If you have a single Speedlight, get a way to get it off the camera - a stand, a cable or radio trigger, maybe a modifier like an umbrella.

If you have all that, get a second Speedlight and a way to fire both of them at once (optical trigger, additional radio receiver, etc).
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Unread 02-14-2013, 01:44 PM   #3
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I would save it for a few months at least, a few months ago Japan changed it's monetary policy in an attempt to devalue the Yen; it's already having some effect and will likely continue to.
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Unread 02-14-2013, 04:23 PM   #4
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I don't want light gear...for as little as I use what I have I don't need to buy more...
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Unread 02-15-2013, 11:06 AM   #5
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Get the Sigma 105mm macro, as well as the 35/1.8 DX. The next time you shoot cosplay, take the 35 instead of your zoom. You may think that 15 mm doesn't make much of a difference with your 50 mm, except it's a LOT more usable when you have limited space (I generally bring both at cons, and always end up using the 35 almost exclusively)
If you want to do some close ups/shoot from further, you can switch to your 105mm macro lens - it can also shoot at normal distance, and is lots sharper than your zoom
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Unread 02-15-2013, 12:24 PM   #6
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I had also been considering the 35mm as well... sometimes doing large groups with a 50mm can be super annoying and almost impossible to get everyone in the shot >.<
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Unread 02-15-2013, 06:15 PM   #7
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Hi there,

First you have to tell us what camera body you are using. Is it cropped or full frame? Second, are you looking to upgrade to full frame soon? The reason why you're having trouble taking group shots with the 50mm is because you might be on a crop sensor. 50x1.5 = 75. So you're basically shooting close to 75mm field of view. Try taking multiple photos and stitching them.

As for the 50mm 1.4G and 1.8G, they are really cheap and give you subpar results. As unfortunate as it is. My advice is to get the 85mm 1.8G and 28mm 1.8G if you don't mind using primes. If you're looking for a zoom, I really like the 24-120mm F4. It's probably the only zoom i would get besides a 70-200mm 2.8.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 01:31 PM   #8
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If you are going to talk about using tax return money to buy camera gear, it would be helpful to know an estimate of how much you expect to get back...or what your budget is.

I would not want to try to direct you on which specific gear to get, unless I know more about your preferences, of how you like to shoot, or how ambitious you are willing to be.

Do you like a set of reasonably fast prime lenses, or do you prefer to keep from changing lenses often, by using a zoom?

Since you have a Nikon camera, you could get fast prime lenses super cheap, if you are willing to use old, manual focus lenses. You will also, of course, have to set your aperture manually too, but the glass you can get for the price, might be worth considering. I found a 35mm f2 Nikkor lens for $100. I have a 55mm F3.5 Macro, with an extension tube I found for, $80.

For a zoom, consider a Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 for $350. You might find it's zoom range and low light abilities very useful, since it maintains F2.8 through the whole zoom range.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 09:09 AM   #9
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Nikon D7000...I have a 50m 1.8 currently for a prime lens and I have about an $8-900 budget
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Unread 02-18-2013, 12:08 PM   #10
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One of these: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18-300mm.htm

Together with your 50mm f/1.8 and you have a nice set. The 35mm f/1.8 DX is very nice too.
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One of these: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18-300mm.htm

Together with your 50mm f/1.8 and you have a nice set. The 35mm f/1.8 DX is very nice too.
I have one of those...didnt mention it because its not something I would really use for photoshoots
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Unread 02-18-2013, 02:49 PM   #12
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I shoot more than just cosplay stuff...I really wanna buy a macro lens. I was looking at the Nikon 60 mm and 105mm...as well as a sigma 105.
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I have one of those...didnt mention it because its not something I would really use for photoshoots
Personally, I wouldn't use a macro lens for photoshoots but I know people like to use them for that purpose. I have the 60mm f/2.8 and it's a nice lens for it's intended purpose. As with most macros, the f-stop changes with focal length so even if it's f/2.8 that's only at the zoomed-out distance. The 105mm is very sharp. Might suggest renting it for the weekend and see if it suits your needs then scrounge Craigslist for one as many people buy then give-up on macro photography.

Aside from that, the 35mm f1.8DX is a light-weight versatile prime.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 04:16 PM   #13
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I do macro photography though...i do alot of nature and landscape stuff. That's why I was thinking about the macro...
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Unread 02-21-2013, 11:09 PM   #14
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105mm is pretty long for portraiture on DX, but awesome for real macro, and not bad for other stuff if you upgrade to FX at some point. The 60mm is great for semi-macro (say, product photography or taking pics of figurines, etc) and will be a decent focal length for portraiture, but it's pretty slow compared to a real portrait lens.
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Unread 02-22-2013, 05:59 PM   #15
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I'm a fan of constant aperture zooms myself. I'm partial to my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, and your camera uses pretty much the same sensor my camera does (I have a Pentax K5), and that's been my go to at cons. I've tried various primes, but I keep coming back to that lens. I know the Sigma version of it has OS and from what I hear is slightly sharper, so I would consider that one as well or the Nikon branded version of it.
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