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  1. #1
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    Cool Recommendation for a good lens for 2017 Eclipse

    Hi. I would like to purchase a lens for the 2017 eclipse in August. I'm flying to where I'll be seeing it so I won't be able to use a telescope rig, but will have a decent tripod. What I'm looking for is a good long-focal-length zoom lens that can be fitted with a Marumi DHG ND-100000 Solid Neutral Density 5.0 Solar Eclipse Filter (58mm or 77mm) directly or via an adapter-ring. Funds are not unlimited so hopefully under $900 is (semi)realistic.

    Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance!


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    Re: Recommendation for a good lens for 2017 Eclipse

    Welcome to the forum,sorryi cant help with the lens choice but someone wiil.
    Mike

    Nikon D500,Sigma 100-400,Sigma 105 macro

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  3. #3
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    Re: Recommendation for a good lens for 2017 Eclipse

    This is the first time I've ever seen someone ask for a recommendation for a $1000.00 lens to fit a $100 filter... Most folks usually go the other way...

  4. #4
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    Re: Recommendation for a good lens for 2017 Eclipse

    Hello Fred - I do try to keep things lively. Got any suggestions for a lens?

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    Re: Recommendation for a good lens for 2017 Eclipse

    Quote Originally Posted by Jymm View Post
    Hello Fred - I do try to keep things lively. Got any suggestions for a lens?
    What lenses do you have now?

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  6. #6
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    Re: Recommendation for a good lens for 2017 Eclipse

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.

    Not only what lenses do you have now, but what camera as well. DX vs FX makes a big difference.
    Brent Harritt: Poway, CA: D7200, D200, D70, F100: Tokina 12-24mm, Nikon 18-200mm, Sigma 150-600mm, Nikon 18-70mm, Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8, Nikon 50 f1.8, Nikon 80-200mm f2.8, Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro

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    Re: Recommendation for a good lens for 2017 Eclipse

    My suggestion is to not bother trying to photograph it. But that's just me.
    Don't mind me... I'm out roaming around somewhere between Zone III and VII.


    Go forth and actuate!


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  8. #8
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    Re: Recommendation for a good lens for 2017 Eclipse

    Quote Originally Posted by Jymm View Post
    Hello Fred - I do try to keep things lively. Got any suggestions for a lens?
    I like my 28-300 f3.5-5.6G ED... it has VR for the long end, and the filter size is 77mm

  9. #9
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    Re: Recommendation for a good lens for 2017 Eclipse

    Do you plan on getting a close crop or a landscape? I saw an image with an eclipse as part of a landscape, which is way more interesting than just a corona shot.

    .... and looking at the next eclipse date , I am happy to say I will be easy driving distance to be in the path of the next total eclipse in 2024. It will also be visible from my house for over a minute. I will be well prepared (I hope).
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  10. #10
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    Re: Recommendation for a good lens for 2017 Eclipse

    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    My suggestion is to not bother trying to photograph it. But that's just me.
    Sparky, that is my conundrum. I have a nice enough rig, D300, 300mm f4 AF (old, screw-focus), Lensmaster gimbal, and an iffy tripod - Dolica GX650B204.

    I figure, I can sit back and enjoy the show without worrying if I am getting my settings right, blah blah blah.

    Any photos I might take, would pale in comparison to anything else I will find on the internet. I might set up my rig for full corona.

    I already have Mon. and Tues. off work, and The Path is about a 3-4 hour drive from home.

    But I thought, with the lens I have, I could just buy a 39mm ND filter to slide into my drop-in filter slot, which would make for quick switchouts. Just put a piece of electrical tape over the opening during totality.








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